This happened about a month ago. I went to Jiffy Lube for an oil change and the guy at the station convinced me to do tire rotation. I agreed since I usually try to rotate my tires every other oil change or so. Went home not suspecting any trouble. Last week I decided to check tire pressure and realized I can’t reach the stems on any of the tires!
Went to a local shop and had the covers removed. It turned out the Jiffy Lube guys didn’t put them properly in place after rotating the tires. Each of the covers has a set of tabs on the inside that go into the wheel rim when cover is put back properly. When not they press hard against the valve stems and can damage them over time. Replacing stems is time and money and absolutely not something I want to have to deal with.
I have long been trying to get off my addiction to the chain and find an alternative place to service my car, there is just too many bad news (here is a fresh example) but it is not easy. With a shop at every corner and the speed of the service they are very hard to find a replacement.
Where do you bring your car for maintenance? Do you change your oil at home or at a shop? What about the tire rotations? Please share your story in the comments