Is The Prius A Nail Magnet?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by Swingshiftworker, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. Swingshiftworker

    Swingshiftworker Junior Member

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    Is the Prius a nail magnet?

    I owned a 2006 Prius and picked up 3 nails in the 3 years that I owned it. I now own (actually lease) a 2010 Prius and have already picked up 2 nails in a year and had to replace a tire because I couldn't get off the freeway quick enough to prevent tire damage.

    I have had no nails in the low profile tires of my MR2 Spyder that I've owned for over 5 years. One nail in a nail in 4 years in the FJ Cruiser that I owned and recently sold. And one nail in the Ford F250 that I've owned for 3 years.

    Based on this experience, it seems like the Prius gets more than it's fair share of nail punctures and I'm curious whether other people have gotten them as frequently as I have.
     
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    I do not know about being a magnet but I had a screw imbedded in one of my tires for the first time in years. It ended up causing me to purchase new tires prematurely.
     
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    i have not had a nail/flat for probably 20 years. i used to get them all the time in the 70's in my mg. do you live in a high building/remodeling area?
     
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    Not mine, nor any cars in my household. Nearly all flats of the past decade have been on the household's bicycles.
     
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    Must be caused from the electric magnet in the motor:mod:
     
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    I find the driving route has more to do with it then anything else. If you are close to a trash dump or travel the roads leading to it or the same thoughts for construction zones (home or commercial), you are more likely to pick up nails.

    Tire law: the more expensive and new the tire, the more likely to get a flat. :)
     
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    holy **Swingshiftworker, I was thinking the exact same thing yesterday when I had a flat tire-from a nail
    AGAIN
    I had my car fir 3 years and I had a flat tire (from nails) 3 times
     
  8. DavidA

    DavidA Prius owner since July 2009

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    Two Toyo Proxes tires in first ~5,000 miles. One was shredded from a hunk of metal in Ohio and the other was a nail and was (mostly) fixed by the dealer, but it won't last the same life as the remaining two - unless - those last two get nailed too. No problems the last 10K though.
     
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    2k1Toaster Brand New Prius Batteries

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    Just stop driving over nails! Problem solved.
     
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    qbee42 My other car is a boat

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    What mechanism could possibly explain one car being more prone to nail punctures than another? More likely that the driving route or tires are responsible.

    Tom
     
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    Even if all other things were the same, this is hardly statistically significant.
     
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    Way back in the days of Le Sabre, Monte Carlo, Chevette, K cars and such I was told underinflated tires would be less likely to pick up a nail/screw but more likely to work in an odd piece of scrap metal or plastic (actually had a piece of plastic that looked like metal trim wedged in a tire once).

    I haven't picked up a nail or any sort of road hazard in years and years. I do pick up that little gravel that likes to wedge in the tread of the tire but I just take my house key and pry them out every once in a while.

    I think tire pressure plays a role but where you drive and whether or not the city sweeps/cleans the streets matters more.
     
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    Try driving around on the Gulf Coast after a major hurricane when everyone is having their roofs repaired or replaced!!!!
     
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    Well ... I hadn't had a flat tire for eight years and then got three in the Prius in the first 18 months. Two of them were nails; one of them was a massive crater in the road that was totally my fault. :rolleyes:

    I'm not sure if that's just bad luck or what ... I'm due for new tires very soon, so we'll see what happens after I get new ones. :eek:hwell:
     
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    I had 3 nails in 2 months, but then, I have a lot of enemies.
     
  16. DavidA

    DavidA Prius owner since July 2009

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    Clearly, we can see where this thread is headed. The Prius is a nail magnet. No scientific survey needed. ;)
     
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    No, but it is a chick magnet.
     
  18. DavidA

    DavidA Prius owner since July 2009

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    That's a whole new thread.
     
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    Ah ha, to many coincidental nails, sounds like subterfuge, need to make the rear camera motion detecting, web friendly, sound enhancing, all knowing, night vision enabling, police alerting and gun shooting...
     
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    The best explanation that I have seen yet is running higher tire pressures. I know I run a much higher pressure on the Prius than I have for any other car I have owned.
     
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