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#1 OFFLINE   Marc Smith

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 01:24 PM

Well got home on friday.  parked outside,  heard a hissing noise, but the neighbors ac unit was running and making its normal racket so i did not think much about it.

 

came back an hour later to go pick up my kid,  flat.  so I hop in wifes car, go get kid and stop at parts store and pick up the rubber goey string tire fix kit.

 find the hole was unable to pull out the offending object.  so I push it in and install the rubber strings.  problem solved.  but I'm planning a trip from DC to Canada so I get a proper plug patch and have the guys at work dismount the tire to make the repair.

 

this is what came out of the tire.   Just how the F$#@ does that get into the tire.

 

4/32 left on the tires  55K miles

 

so going to do a plug patch to get me through the next couple days...  argh.  wasn't planning on funding for new tires this year.

 

the plug patch goes in with almost no resistance.  so needless to say I don't have much confidence in the repair going to canada...

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#2 OFFLINE   C-MaxSea

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 02:42 PM

Very strange ?????



#3 OFFLINE   SnowStorm

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 09:31 PM

Yeah, its hard to imagine either of those things getting in there (sorry!).  Sure hope it wasn't vandalism - placed just right when parked.  So its not possible to get a really good patch from inside the tire or add a tube (don't know if that's even possible with TPMS)?  If the patch was reasonably trustworthy you might consider getting a spare.  I bought a full size wheel on-line from a wrecking yard and bought a new tire and took them to Nova Scotia a couple years back.  Takes up a bit of room but gave a lot of peace of mind.  Strapped it down nicely using three of the tie-downs.  Then you buy three new tires at replacement time and use one of the old ones as the spare.  Only problem with that approach is you have to buy four at once to get the $70 rebate (assuming its available then).


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#4 OFFLINE   Tom

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 09:46 PM

Spare tire a good idea. I always carry one.  Don't forget you will need a jack and lug wrench if you have to use your spare.


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#5 OFFLINE   Marc Smith

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 08:11 AM

it was just the bolt in the tire.  not the pen.  the pen was there for size comparison.

 

i would imagine if it happened while i was at work (vandalism). it would have been flat or the TPS light would have lit before I got home. 30 minute commute.

 

The stars must have aligned perfectly for the tire to run over the bolt at the perfect angle to drive it into the tire.  maybe the bolt had dropped into crack and was sticking up.  I don't recall running over any obvious debris.

 

No way the ford fix a flat would have worked.

 

I guess I was due.  the last flat tire I had was when I ran over a pair of 90* needle nose plyers in my drive way...back in '97..

 

going to put two new tires on...


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#6 OFFLINE   raadsel

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 01:36 PM

I've had issues with flats in the last year, at least 3 of them. One was a bolt that is similar in length to the one pictured, but much smaller in diameter. It appears I got it while attending the auto show, about 6 weeks ago. I have wondered if it was vandalism; like you, it seems odd that the tire would have been punctured by that type of screw.

 

The one a year ago also seemed as if it likely was vandalism, I don't remember exactly what punctured the tire, but it did it about an inch above the ground, on the sidewall. The last one, back about February, I got a nail in the tire. It was in the tread but still required replacing the tire, as I caught it near the edge of the tire. So at least three flats, two of them required replacing a tire.



#7 OFFLINE   Marc Smith

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 05:52 AM

what was really odd that it was the rear tire that picked it up,  which means i ran over it with the front tire, which probably got the bolt moving.

 

ended up buying two new tires and put them on the front axle...  made the trip to Toronto and back with no problems...

 

 

Raad.   my wife caught a peice of rebar sticking out of a curb .  went through the tire side wall took out a small chunk of the rim and hit the TPS.  expensive flat tire....



#8 OFFLINE   fbov

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 11:36 AM

what was really odd that it was the rear tire that picked it up,  which means i ran over it with the front tire...

Not necessarily... in a turn, your rear tires track inside the fronts, running over curb-side road debris the front tires miss. 

 

And you don't need rebar to hole the sidewall. I used a granite curb. 

Frank


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#9 OFFLINE   anbron

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 04:57 AM

Carrying a sprare tire is a good idea especially during long trips.


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#10 OFFLINE   joshg678

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 03:15 PM

I've been carrying one for a while and i've never needed it.  Good insurance Policy.



#11 OFFLINE   tomat12447

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 06:03 PM

Right after buying car (the salesman surprised me at the delivery walkaround that there was no spare, jack, or lugwrench) bought a compact donut spare and jack package online and have carried it ever since.  Fits well behind passenger seat and tied down so doesn't move.  Good thing we normally only have 2 passengers and keep the back seats folded down otherwise it's essentially 3 passenger car.








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