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Ignorminious Unbalanced

Posted on Friday 13th April 2007 at 00:00
So about a month ago my car was due for its MOT, and since I was in town anyway I arranged for it to be done in Yateley. Everything went fine (in the sense that the car failed and had to have two new tyres) and off I went on my merry way.

As I was driving to Bristol the next day, I fancied I felt some slight vibrations through the steering wheel, a bit like when my wheels were unbalanced, but much more subtle. I ignored it and carried on driving.

Anyway, over the next few weeks the vibrations got steadily worse and worse until Tuesday night when they were so bad that my brother could feel them through the passenger seat and I was having to fight to keep the car on the road.

This morning I took the car back, explained the problem and left it with them to fix. I was told the work would take about two hours (as oppose to 10 minutes to correct at the tyre place I went to last time) but since I didn't need the car today that was fine.

9 and a half hour later I get a phone call to tell me my car is ready. It turns out that two of the balancing weights for the front wheels had fallen off. They didn't admit as much, but my guess is they accidentally loosened them when they changed the tyres over. They may well have thought the same thing as there was no charge for the repair work.

I would be quite annoyed with them, but to be honest I was so happy upon driving my car again with the right setup that I found it hard to be annoyed with anyone on that journey back. The Mark 6 Fiesta is an absolutely amazing car to drive, with smooth ride, confident handling and steering that's so sharp you could mount a gun on the bonnet and hit targets a mile away, just by pointing the car in the right direction.

Now I just have to hope the balance stays and nothing drops off, at least until I'm next in Yateley.

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