I don't want to downplay balance, but I have reason to believe my mechanics shop did a good job re-balancing the tires first balanced by Costco.
In the event that I have a flat tire in an unknown place, I may not be able to find a fantastic balancing shop. So, I'd like to eliminate both (a) the immediate source of the vibration and (b) looseness which can aggreviate the vibration (as mentione by Larry).
This is why I'm particularly interested in experiences with the steering gear.
Thanks, other suggestions are welcome as well.