Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mason City Tire Service Lightened My Load Today

OK~ I had been dealing with this little shake when my car got up to around 50 miles per hour, no big deal, right? The car was running smooth from an engine point of view, but I finally said, "Enough!" So, I ventured into town this morning and swung into Mason City Tire Service, located at 1823 South Monroe, in Mason City, Iowa. Lon and his crew are always on top of their game and have always given us great service through the years.

Inside Mason City Tire Service

Lon said, "Let's take it for a test drive." The good news was there were no squeaky noises, so the bearings were good. Once we got out on the test track (55 mph highway), sure enough, we hit 50 miles per hour and the shakes kicked in. He then said, "It's coming from the rear tires." This was good- I thought to myself, "Why didn't I bring this to him a couple weeks ago?"

We got back to the tire shop and they drove my car on in. About ten minutes later, Lon says, "Sara, come back and let me show you what is going on." I thought, "Oh Lord, what did I do?" This was my problem.

It is VERY dry out here in the country and I do drive on gravel. We are just a little over a mile off of the highway, so it's not a lot of gravel. But, enough to make the car shaky when the gravel and dirt build up in the wheel wells. Twenty pounds of gravel and rock were removed from both rear wheels. I'm thinking, "Yeah, my gas mileage just got better!"

$23.00 and some odd cents later I was on my way. Lesson learned, it is a good idea to wash out your wheels when you live on a gravel road. I am thinking this is why I have a 17 year old son in the house, right?

For the time being I will drive a little slower and try not to kick up any dirt or rocks. We quite often battle a road that does not have gravel on it, so I guess I really should not complain. It's often a beaten down mud path to get to the highway. But, due to the Iowa drought this summer, this is what we have today.

Gravel Road in Rural Iowa

Mason City Tire Service is a locally owned business with you, the customer in mind. From the outstanding service I received there today, I highly recommend them. Follow Mason City Tire Service on Facebook and you might find some helpful information. You might not find yourself in the shoes I was in today! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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