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    Default Beware Peugeot owners of dodgy tyre shops.

    If like me your Peugeot is fitted with OEM wheels that do not have a centre hole you may have some trouble finding people around Brisbane who can fit and balance your wheels.

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    Yesterday I had some dealings with Steve from Bob Jane Toombul which left me with a very negative attitude towards this business. I only went to Toombul because they are one of the few tyre shops that have an adapter to fit Peugeot wheels with no centre hole.

    To begin with they told me my tyres were in stock and to come right away but took 5.5 hours to change two tyres because of "The Michelin truck breaking down". I thought they were in stock though?

    After wasting my time they then decided to waste my money, insisting the car needed an alignment and charging an additional $15 per wheel for balancing even though it was supposed to be included in the original quote for the tyre.



    In Short - if you need new tyres avoid Toombul or beware of their tricks.

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    Welcome to the bullmerde club Superpug.

    I had the same issue with Donnellan's in Box Hill Melb some years ago. My arrangement with them was that I would buy tyres from them if they could balance centreless Pug wheels of which they confirmed they could.

    Needless to say they couldn't, offering the excuse that for the small amount of French cars they do didn't justify purchasing the adapter. It cost me more time & money to go elsewhere to have the job finished properly.

    They also tightened up the wheel bolts way in excess of spec that the standard wheelbrace didn't have a chance of undoing the. It required a 3/4" breaker bar to shift them so check yours.
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    Bloody shysters, yes to add insult to injury they broke one of my lock-studs so I'm now on the hunt for Peugeot alloy wheel type studs

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    Quote Originally Posted by superpug View Post
    Yesterday I had some dealings with Steve from Bob Jane Toombul which left me with a very negative attitude towards this business.
    You had it coming, getting tyres on a friday.

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    LOL I will keep that in mind next time

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    I had much the same set of issues with Bob Jane in Elizabeth St (Melbourne) a few years ago. Sent an email off to Rodney Jane who fixed it right up.

    Like any service, once you find a good one it's worth doing what you can to keep them in business.

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    Here's a plug for Richard's Tyrepower, Scarborough Beach Road near Barbagello, in Perth. They have the gear and even use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Here's a plug for Richard's Tyrepower, Scarborough Beach Road near Barbagello, in Perth. They have the gear and even use it.
    Agree - I've used them before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland View Post
    Agree - I've used them before.
    I even found that they could static balance the spider wheels on my Renault 4CV, as they could mount a hub with the bearing cones removed. No shaking at 80+ kph for the first time ever!
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    I bought some new tyres for the Alpine a while ago and found the tyre fitters were a little indignant that I didn't trust them to jack my car and remove the wheels. I asked how they were going to lift it, and they said via the sills on their hoist, which would have broken my fibreglass body. I took a trolley jack out into the car park and did it using the wheel brace I brought myself, doing one end at a time.

    Recently I bought new tyres for my wife's Volvo XC90. Unusually I didn't watch it being done. When I drove the car away I noticed the steering wheel was off centre. I looked under the car and could see a mark where the trolley jack had been put under the centre of the front wishbone. I wondered if it had been bent. Took the car to my mates suspension shop to find that a rear wheel stay arm to adjust the wheel alignment had been jacked under and bent, giving 12mm toe out on that wheel.

    I went back to the tyre fitter and explained the situation, he put the Volvo up on the 4 post hoist and said that he had been changing tyres for 20 years and there is no way he would have jacked under the arm, and it wasn't him, but that he would be willing to take the arm off and beat it straight and do a 4 wheel alignment for nothing. I wasn't happy with my car having components straightened. He would not pay for a new arm, but offered to fit and align it for free. No thanks, I just couldn't trust him, or his mechanic or their abilities.

    I bought a new arm for $131, fitted it myself at my mates shop, and had it aligned by him. There are plenty of places to buy tyres from. They would have got my business to fit a set of tyres to my car trailer this week, but I went elsewhere instead.
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    That's one of the worst stories, Alan. There are good shops around, but the others make you shake your head. I've definitely passed the time of taking anything to them but wheels.

    If they'd jacked up my R16TS where their "I've been doing this for 20 years mate" bloke insisted, it would have been more than wheel alignment that was out. That was years ago, but the attitude was identical to what you've just described.

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    I remember going with a friend in an RS Clio for tyre change all round. On completion we headed down the M1 and next minute a complete wheel rolled passed us....lucky we were only doing 70k on the on ramp.
    We laugh about it now but could have been worse.
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    Alan if that were me I would have taken it my complaint straight to the top that sounds like a very poor standard of workmanship that is less than unacceptable from so called "professionals".

    Jr i feel alot better about my situation now, how did 3 wheeled clio turn out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superpug View Post
    Alan if that were me I would have taken it my complaint straight to the top that sounds like a very poor standard of workmanship that is less than unacceptable from so called "professionals".

    Jr i feel alot better about my situation now, how did 3 wheeled clio turn out?
    Re the Clio, I imagine it is a "lucky it was a back wheel" situation....
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    Quote Originally Posted by superpug View Post
    Alan if that were me I would have taken it my complaint straight to the top that sounds like a very poor standard of workmanship that is less than unacceptable from so called "professionals".
    Interestingly it was the shop owner that did the damage in the first place, and who I took it up with. I was calm when discussing it with him, and just plainly said that he was the only person to work on the car. He couldn't explain how the marks on the suspension parts had got there and showed me the marks under the subframe where the Volvo had been lifted. I suggested that he had started to lift on the wrong parts, then lowered the jack and moved it to the subframe. He didn"t agree.
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    I remember a guy up my street took his restored fiat 500 out for it's maiden voyage and 50m before his driveway the rear passenger wheel decided to take a holiday. There's something that's quite entertaining about watching a car get overtaken by it's own wheel

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    The tyrepower shop in Coffs Harbour is the bees knees, I saw them use a torque wrench on my crappy old 306 and could not believe my eyes. They have a customer for life, pity I do not live there and only pass through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    The tyrepower shop in Coffs Harbour is the bees knees, I saw them use a torque wrench on my crappy old 306 and could not beleive my eyes. They have a customer for life, pity I do nto live there and only pass through.
    Hold on. No 306 is crappy. They're lovely cars....

    Great though. I've NEVER seen that done in a tyre shop.
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    If I'd seen that, I would have made a big thing of it so they know people notice!

    I have a similar story to the bad ones, told on AF before. My R12 wheel nuts were so tight when I did my standard post-new-tyre loosen and re-tighten, that the studs turned on their splines. I had to put a spot of weld on the back to lock them, and then break the nuts free. I always loosen and retighten as soon as I get home, and quite a few of our cars over time have been vein breakingly tight. Just imagine after a year and rain and dirt on the studs - you'd have no chance with your puny standard wheel spanner if you got stuck somewhere.


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    Specialist tyre and wheel shops will have a range of sockets with pre-set torque. They can be identified by their long waisted design to be used with a rattle gun. They will not over tighten more than their inbuilt design.

    Drop a subtle hint to the tyre guy by writing the torque figure on the wheel.
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