Tire woes. Two flats in 4500 miles.

Discussion in 'Prime Main Forum (2017-Current)' started by Michael Nielsen, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Senior Member

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    Last road trip, I packed our hand-operated Schwinn bicycle pump. No electrical worries, and goes pretty quick.
     
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    push, push, push, push:sleep::sleep::sleep:
     
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    When you've got a flat, you're motivated. A couple of times now I've brought a flat back up to pressure after plug repair. It IS a bit of a workout, but not that hard. And for minor top up it's pretty easy.
     
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    Thanks for that, instead of just saying it's bigger than a breadbox :)
     
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    Just to throw in my .02 ...

    Ordered a Viair 88P and a Grit tire repair kit from Amazon last week.

    The Viair 88P runs off of the battery terminals so no worries about blowing any internal fuses. The Grit repair kit comes with some very heavy duty tire repair tools (solid steel handles).





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    With my 12V air pump, I actually get more time to :sleep::sleep::sleep:.

    I.e. my hand operated bicycle pump is faster than that particular electric pump. But speeds will vary with different models.
     
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    That's why I bought a spare tire from a totaled 2010 Prius from junkyard. It looks in pretty good shape, barely used. for $40.

    But barely used tells that it was used. I don't like the idea of repair tire and fill the gas on roadside. I would leave it in garage when I drive around the town, but would definitely carry it when I drive out of town.
     
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    One beef: a 2010 spare is nearing 10 years old. I've never replaced and aging spare myself, they do tend to live a sheltered life, but just saying.

    Between deleted spares, and mandatory TPMS discouraging snow tire use, it seems like we're moving backwards sometimes.
     
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    I checked the tire, it is still in pretty good shape, no signs of cracks at all. For $40, it is just peace in mind.
     
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    Just as a follow up to my tire problems, there seemed to be a general consensus among forum members that I was very wrong in my judgment of the Bridgestone tires that came stock on my Prime. After a third flat at 7000 miles, I gave up and bought Michelins. I now have a further 20,000 miles with no flats. It could be coincidental, but the evidence suggests to me that Michelins are better than Bridgestones. My experience. YMMV.
     
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    hard to define, after 40,000 miles on my wife hycam with no flats, we put n michelin premiers and got two nails within a few weeks. nothing since then.

    3 flats is hard to argue with.
     
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    I'd think it would come down more the the amount of potential objects that could pierce the tire on your route, than the tires themselves.
     
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    I've been "blessed" by 3 flats in less than 1 1/2 years on my Prime; this follows decades of no flats. 2 flats arrived on my new Michelins. Shocking! Yet hearing a bit about newer tires, I wonder if a reduction in the use of steel belts, particularly in the sidewalls, might be the problem. Steel might be heavier and/or more difficult to use?? What I do know from personal experience with all my '69 Alfa Romeos, in particular my 69 Spider Veloce, you could drive that car at over 100 mph with only 11Lbs in the right rear tire (leaking valve stem), and only feel a little tail wagginess!! Normal tire pressures were 35 LBS. The tires were Michelin XWX 195/70VR14. Heavy tires, but I feel, the best tires I've ever owned. They averaged 60-80,000 miles, on my 2200 LB Alfas. Michelin tech support said average life should be about 20K miles, and practically called me a liar "it's impossible!", when I told him how long the tires lasted on my 3 '69 Alfas. He said, at that time, the XWX was the only tire with steel in the sidewalls. The tire was used normally by Maseratis and larger heavier high performance cars. During up to17 years of ownership of those cars, I never got a flat. All 3 were forcibly sold (divorce, etc.) with over 260,000 miles. All 3 ran exclusively on the XWX tires. In view of manufacturers abandoning consumers by dropping spare tires, I think it's high time they brought back tires like the XWX; screw the rolling resistance, I've had my fill of flats!


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    my daughter destroyed 3 tires on her car within a period of a week. (pot holes... told her to go around them rather than over or slow the heck down if it's unavoidable). Of course the local guys have buy 3 get one free special, but since they were three different incidents...

    sigh...

    (she's in college and poor so I still pay for it).
     
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    I've heard another trick with potholes, IF you can't avoid them: slow down for sure, but release the brake just before you go over them. Rolling freely through the pothole is a little easier on the tire.
     
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    Gee, ya could have given me the Dunlops. I had Dunlop SP OE tires that ran for 55,000. I would've loved 40 to 50,000 miles of free Dunlop service.
     
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