[ba] Wheel Works .. WAS alignment shop
dan at magnitude-electronics.com
Mon Aug 13 13:50:04 EDT 2001
You know I take that back.. I had dealt with the San Mateo store a few
times and they did right by me.. then a Redwood City store opened up and I
went there a few times.. Last time I had them re ballance my wheels
(lifetime ballance) cause they were all out of whack.. he tried to charge me
50 bucks again.. then.. I showed him my reciept that states lifetime and he
said thats wierd.. we don't normally do lifetimes on 18 inch wheels.. well I
don't expect him to remember, but it was he himself that wrote up the work
order and handled it with me.. Well I get it back and find out that there
are a million freaking wieghts on the rims and the wheels are not ballanced
at all.. I figure that the wheel is bent, but did they say anything to me
about it?? NO! Maybe the tires just need to be worn in a bit.. WHeel Tech
said that after a bent wheel is fixed it takes a 100 miles or so before it
gets back to normal..Well after a 600 mile trip to Tahoe.. the car is still
vibrating like MR BUZZY... Ok one or more wheels are probably bent.. I will
just take them into WHEEL TECHNIQUES to have them looked at as soon as my
other wheel is fixed by them.. So Saturday I am doing the car wash thing
and notice that one of the tires is all cut up on the side wall (Patty was
the last to drive it so I assume its all her fault) alas I digress.. Since I
have just picked up that wheel being fixed I decide to change them over.. As
I loosen the lug nuts I notice that some of the nuts are all chingerd up and
some of the nuts are done to roughtly the right torque.. some of them are
hard to crack even with my breaker bar (thank goodness I always use
anti-seize on my lug nuts/bolts)..... So ..
They don't torque the bolts right..the sent me off with tires that were NOT
ballanced properly OR bent OR both...AND they chingered up lug nuts that
cost $12 each..
I officially Change my mind and say that WHEEL WORKS is out and FIVE POINT
Tire in Redwood City is IN! Thanks for helping me see the light!
Magnitude Electronics LLC.
870 Mahler Rd Burlingame CA 94010
Tel 650-259-1890 Fax 650-259-1891
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt twentyV" <matt_20v at yahoo.com>
To: "Buchholz, Steven" <Steven.Buchholz at kla-tencor.com>; "Bay Area Audi
List" <ba-group at audifans.com>
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2001 8:42 AM
Subject: RE: [ba] alignment shop recommendation
> I share your experience and sentiment re. WheelWorks.
> I used the one on Alum Rock for alignments for years,
> but stopped going there after they tried to sell
> Janet new brakes... a month after I had replaced
> Matt Rooke
> --- "Buchholz, Steven"
> <Steven.Buchholz at kla-tencor.com> wrote:
> > ... sorry to hear about your altercation Harrison!
> > Good to know that you
> > came through it safely ... I hope that you got the
> > twit's license number!
> > If you did and there was more than $100 in damage to
> > your car you may want
> > to contact the CHP and file a report. I do have a
> > couple sets of wheels in
> > the garage that you are welcome to in the short term
> > if you need them to get
> > the car back on the road. I think they are all
> > 5x112 though.
> > As to the refinishing ... when I looked into it on
> > the V8 there didn't seem
> > to be any other local wheel refinishers besides
> > Wheel Techniques. I know
> > that there are other places that advertise in
> > AutoWeek and such. Perhaps
> > Acker Wheels might be another place ... they say
> > they only sell wheels, but
> > they might also have the ability to refinish them.
> > I'm not going to be much help on the alignment info
> > either. I just wanted
> > to ask you to let us know if you do find a good
> > source ... I really need to
> > get an alignment done on the V8. Funny thing for me
> > is that a couple years
> > ago there was no question, I'd go to Wheel Works,
> > but nowadays it seems like
> > I'd rather go anywhere else ...
> > Good luck!
> > Steve Buchholz
> > ... your story reminds me about one time I was
> > driving to work on 101 near
> > the airport a couple years ago ... I got cut off by
> > a jerk in a black
> > Exploder with Virginia plates. I didn't write the
> > number down, but I've
> > wondered if it wasn't the same guy who got convicted
> > for tossing Leo out
> > onto the freeway. We always wish that the folks who
> > do act so aggressively
> > toward others do get their come-uppance some day. I
> > will wish that for the
> > jerk who felt they were more important than you ...
> > SLB
> > >
> > > I was run off the road into a curb in order to
> > avoid a major
> > > accident from a
> > > crazed SUV driver. I swerved to avoid major damage
> > and the
> > > right front wheel
> > > suffered a hard but glancing blow to the curb.
> > >
> > > Now the wheel needs serious cosmetic help and is
> > in unknown shape. My
> > > alignment is also screwed up from the way the
> > steering wheel rests.
> > >
> > > Any recommendations or past experiences where I
> > can/should
> > > have alignment
> > > checked from some one who knows Audi in San Jose
> > area. My
> > > usual local shop
> > > is backlogged 2-3 weeks. M&M Audi? Wheel
> > Techniques for repair?
> > >
> > > Thanks
> > > --
> > > Harrison Blackwood
> > > Los Gatos, CA
> > > '90 Audi CQ
> > > '81 BMW R100RS
> > > '60 Triumph TR3A
> > > http://www.killjoy.net
> > >
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