Anybody regularly pick the stones out of their tires?

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I have one of these on both my sets of keys. If I see a rock, I'll use it to dig it out. My wife always shakes her head at me when I do grin

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LOL... I just came home after picking a small sharp pebble out of my tread, and sat down to my PC and looked at BITOG and your thread was the first thing I saw. crackmeup
 

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Originally Posted by dishdude
This is OCD to the extreme. I wish I had this much extra time in my day!
Gee...dishdude-we agree. It happens time to time!
 
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Originally Posted by CKN
Anybody Polish their tires? smirk2
I have polished at least a few hundred sets with asphalt. You should try it, its really FUN! I've been known to pick a few rock's out of my snow's. Only really big rock's would I pick out of the cars tires, or rock's that make noise or knock my wheel out of balance! The truck's, just drive fast and they will come out, trust me.
 
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Originally Posted by 2010Civic
I do when I rotate my tires. It's a good time to inspect the tires for nails, damage, etc.
Same here. Also find short screws and staples. Get 'em before they work their way in.
 
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My last 3 4wd's I would stop and pick out the bigger rocks stuck in the tread, when I got back to pavement. If I didn't, as soon as I reached higher speeds the rocks would come out, and hit the rockers/lower doors, and take chunks out of the paint. OCD? maybe, but at least the paint wasn't destroyed by my own inaction.
 
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living on a dirt road all my life I have a keen ear for rocks vs nails or screws in tires as I first hit the road for the day. So NO, I do not remove the rocks.
 
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Wow... no I don't have time to pick rocks out of my tires. We have 80 mph speed limit here. At hiway speeds just a lane change will open the tread up. I've actually never heard of this before.
 
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I should also add I would be airing the tires back up at the same time. Plenty of time to check out the vehicle for any issues incurred while off-roading, and pick out the big rocks which would be come projectiles for my bodywork, or anyone following behind.
 
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Originally Posted by atikovi
Doing it now on nearly new tires to clean the back side and inner rims. Somebody must have driven on a gravel road or construction site as I'm picking out a whole bunch of them. Also a few nail ends that if left there, would have penetrated through.
Never done that but I do pick out the seeds on my bananas.
 
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Nissan actually a technical service bulletin on this for the z-sports car.. I think it was the 370z. They talked about removing all the stones from the tread before balancing the tire, that mass could affect the balance. I thought I'd try that on my scion tc, and I actually got about 3oz of weight from the stones in the tread! That definitely could affect the balance. So nope it's not nuts when you're balancing a tire or if you suspect the balance is off, check for lots of stones.
 
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