EPA Lead-Free Wheel Weight Initiative

The New York Times (thanks Rodent), published an article explaining how EPA intends to remove millions of pounds of lead from the environment. The target is lead weights clipped on the sides of your wheels to balance your tires to avoid vibrations at high speed. And if you didn’t know, EPA tells you that sooner or later your lead weights are going to fly off your wheels, then get ground down, with the toxin finding it’s way into the air, in the water supply and even our farmers’ fields! EPA launched a campaign aimed at phasing out the use of lead wheel weights by the year 2011. National Lead Free Wheel Weight Initiative.


19 Responses to “EPA Lead-Free Wheel Weight Initiative”

  1. 1 Dave B. Sep 27th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    At least this does make a little sense, (unlike most EPA crap). And it will be easy to substitute another material, but likely it will cost a little more than good ol’ lead.

  2. 2 Mike Greenwald Sep 28th, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Gold is about as dense and pliable. What’s your suggestion, wheel weight bling?

  3. 3 Nicker Sep 28th, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Well, that’s OK.
    Cause’ by 2020 they plan to phase out People
    (see Govt. Health Care)

    We’re the worlds worst polluters, don’t-cha-know.


  4. 4 Ken Glenn (Rat Judge) Sep 28th, 2008 at 10:04 am

    We exhale CO2 so banning the practice of breathing is next.

  5. 5 J Sep 28th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    No problem- gonna be plenty of depleated Uranium floating around soon, we can switch to that…..

    The real alternative should be interesting- hmmmm biodegradable mass, eh? Sounds like a shitty idea to me……

  6. 6 lowdownchopshop Sep 28th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    I have a feeling that they will be replace with Ceramic Balancing media such as the Dyna Beads.

    We’ll see, they do work!

  7. 7 gustian Sep 28th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I can’t remenber I’ve lost one off those things in all the years (34) I ride a bike and drove a car.
    They came off only when I did go to the garage to get new tires.

    Jezus, there are some kind of people taking everything out of proportion………..

    What’s next???
    “the rubber to fly off your tires , then get ground down, with the toxin finding it’s way into the air, in the water supply and even our farmers’ fields! “and…….. and…….

    Like Nicker says, we’re next as “we’re the worlds worst polluters”


  8. 8 Dave B. Sep 28th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    It’s all about water contamination guys… the weights can, and do come off cars, trucks, and bikes. They end up in storm drains and eventually the municipal water supply (drinking water). The same water supply that irrigates lots of cropland and thusly, our food.
    They removed lead from gas years ago, fishing tackle in recent years, and household paint too. Lead doesn’t affect adults unless rather large amounts are ingested… but young children suffer serious brain and nervous system problems even with very little exposure, that is why this is happening, and it should have happened years ago. There are numerous substitutes that will work just fine and this will cause no real problem for us keeping our wheels balanced.
    In my opinion, this is the only smart EPA mandate in a decade.

  9. 9 steveb Sep 28th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Whoa, this legislation actually makes sense – ever see the pile o lead at a tire place? or laying beside a tire machine in a bike shop, waiting to get dumped in the dumpster. I get this….ok, just dish up a decent alternative, will you, o’ great tire industry?

    All i know is that we have got to find a better solution that that Slime/liquid balance crap, I used that shite once and it made one hell of a mess in my shop when i replaced that tire.

    never again with that

  10. 10 Bigwoody Sep 29th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Big brother in action gain.

    Heck it takes 20 minutes to un-epa a lawnmower

  11. 11 cheesydoesit Sep 29th, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Dyna Beads

  12. 12 customfighterer Sep 29th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    makes perfectly good sense. dont see why anyone would be opposed or feel that the gov is infringing upon your rights. as long as there is a good alternative, which cant be too hard.

  13. 13 bcarter Sep 29th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I agree. This actually makes some sense—the alternative—steel or zinc. It’s already common practice in Japan and many other foreign markets. The cost? Negligible.

  14. 14 Nicker Sep 29th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    “…EPA launched a campaign …”

    It’s not the fact that lead is a problem in the environment.
    This issue is simply the mechanism by which this supposed “systemic problem(?)” is to be managed.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to provide a tax incentive for industry to come up with an alternative strategy. Hell, if we get new stuff stuck to our wheels at the tire show, who’s gonna know about it? Certainly not me. I don’t know about you, but i don’t scrutinize the weights that get put on my car.

    Instated, what we get is a bunch of officious a-holes “launched a campaign.”
    How necessary is that…..????
    What ever happened to doing a job without insinuating yourself on the world at large….????

    After working for the Fed over 35 years, can’t recall ever “launching” anything.
    Just working my ass of to do what needed to get done.

    Only politicians “launch” and “campaign.”
    Is the EPA a place where we need Politicians…????



  15. 15 steveb Sep 30th, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Nicker – this is America, we do things like this, we love our proclamations and regulations, makes us feel like we are doing something…our system is not rationale, it does not always work, but it” is what it is”

    I’ve learned to look past the process (ridiculous and insane) and look for results… and IMSHO – we never NEED politicians

  16. 16 J Sep 30th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Yep, gonna be really tough to keep those kiddies from eating wheel weights…….

    Yes, lead in the ground is an enviromental hazard….. Oh wait, where did it come from again?

    New federal mandate- extract ALL lead from the earth immediately.

    Much better idea than actually TESTING the groundwater…..

    Hmm- haven’t seen any zinc wheel weights around, I’d like to see what that looks like- provide an example, please.

    The goo idea works swell….. Oh wait, another federal mandate for tire pressure monitors, oops to that idea……

  17. 17 burnout Oct 2nd, 2008 at 10:38 am

    what? lead is STILL available? Can I round up all these “loose weights” and put them back in my gasoline? peace

  18. 18 Wendell Oct 6th, 2008 at 10:29 am

    We have been useing Equal for 4years to get away fron the weights. Europe did away with lead
    two years ago

  19. 19 Yuan Jan 8th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    We also support Save the Earth campaign.
    so our factory produce zn wheel balance weight or FE wheel balance weight,if you intrest them ,please contact me!
    my mail:juanjuan321@live.cn

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