Originally Posted by Tech1
I have a 2015 Jeep GC Altitude with
14,600 miles from around 5000 miles it stated having steering shimmy /slight shake off and on
Dealer has rotated and balanced with no change . 2 dealers and nether could duplicate issues and said its normal and vehicle is mechanically sound
I went to a discount tire for there input they think it's mechanical but
Said they could try road force balancing them ,balancing issues would typically be all the time
My question for you did your michelin's completely solve your problem and how are they doing now that you've got some miles on them
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Tech1, first off don't ever let a dealer tell you that a shaking steering wheel is normal it is not and they are lying just to get rid of you. Go to a different dealer if one tells you that. I would tend to agree with the tire shop you went to that balancing issues are not intermittent they are typically there or not there when driving at the same highway speed. Now if they are not noticeable at low speed but you have them at highway speed that can be balancing. Something else that can be going on is flat spotting of the tire, if a tire sits for a few days in one spot sometimes you can get a shaking for the first 10 miles or so which usually resolves after driving. Some tires do this more than others, prior to getting the Michelins I tried Bridgestone Alenzas these tires were terrible at flat spotting and shaking in general I took them back after about 2 months and got the Michelins. The Latitude Tour HPs handled very good, were quiet and actually better in snow than I was expecting.
To answer your question yes the Michelins fixed my shaking/balance issues, I have about 18k on the 265/50/R20 Latitude Tour HPs and all is well. Latitude Tour HPs are phasing out and being replaced by the Michelin Premier LTX which should also be a good tire. But also just recently Michelin has started making the Defender LTX M/S in the 265/50R20 this is a good tire and has good road manors and ok in snow and some off road a good all around tire and it will be my next tire. If you are strictly on road use and not too far north concerning winter weather the premier would be fine also if you want a v rated touring type tire. Defender just offers a little more mild-medium off road use and better winter driving use, though they are not a snow tire.
The other thing to check for which I hope they already did is a bent rim. I have had two bent on these 20s so far and I have not been doing anything that would have caused that other than standard pot holes, nothing huge.
I didn't like the forteras they shook and handled badly, very mushy and unstable in turns and wavy roads, some people are ok with them I was not. When I got the Michelins the tire shop owner said very few balance issues ever with Michelins and rated them as the best brand of tire to get if you are combating balance issues. He said something about how Michelin does their tire molds, laying them on their side when cooling instead of upright or something like that, I don't really remember. Also make sure whoever does your balancing does it on a road force balancer and they know how to use it. I have been to shops that had these expensive road force balancers and I go out of there with shaking tires go to another shop with one that knows what they are doing and all is well. Its not rocket science but there is a little more to it then spin the tire once and pound a weight in roughly the right place especially when you get into these larger rim sizes proper balance becomes more critical.
Good luck let me know if you have other questions I have been through the mill with tire shaking and bent rims on this jeep.