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    Quote Originally Posted by Texheim View Post
    My escape has a full size spare on a crap wheel under the vehicle. I have a air compressor that plugs into the cigarette lighter and will fill a tire from the ground to 35 psi in 4 minutes. I don’t use the slime air in a can because the people servicing the tire don’t appreciate it when the tire explodes.


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    That slime in a can also can eat the inside coating off the wheel, if you leave it to long, it will start discoloring the coating in 24 hours, after a week it has started to do some very minor damage, i have seen some that were in the tire for months, the coating on the wheel just pealed off, making it where it wont hold a good bead anymore and 9 times out of 10 will have a slow air leak. When i worked at a tire place we usually ran into that stuff when it had been left in the tire for a long time. Yeah we didnt care for the stuff being in the tire if we were not told about it, but if you say its in there it isnt a big deal. mainly its just the amount of time its left.

    As to the original question, i have had to patch a tire a few times, but those times are also when construction is being done in the neighborhood, and its usually a nail or screw. i just patch it myself these days.
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    Yep!! At least twice a year between 4 vehicles. I also carry repair kit in vehicles. Worth their weight in gold. Just a heads up if nail is 1 inch or less from side wall must replace tire. Plugging would be dangerous.
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    No.
    I have people to do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texheim View Post
    Stumbled out of the house this morning at 6 am. Get in the car, pulling out of the driveway there is that familiar sound of a flat tire. Get out, ask the spousal unit if she’s going anywhere today; answer is yes.

    Go back out, get the portable air compressor, air it up. Get to work. It’s flat an hour later. Leave work early to get tire patched. Seems like I have to do this twice a year at least!

    Y’all have this problem?


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    I live in hail country, so there is a lot of re-roofing going on. Because of my one client, we now have 15 rental properties in Lubbock. I always watch radar for severe storms and mentally map out the areas showing the hardest hit areas , then drive them the next morning looking for shredded trees, then inspect the roofs in the areas hard hit. I even have a telescoping ladder to put in the back of my Yukon suburban.

    Point of re-roofs, a lot of roofing nails seem to put themselves in the roadways. I usually do a final inspection on the roofing jobs, and that is the only time I will re-enter a hard hit area.

    The worst flat tire situation I ever encountered was in 1983. I was building homes back then and had four under construction.

    We returned home from a vacation in the afternoon, and like a good little builder, I always wanted to check my houses when I had been gone for a few days. About 7 pm, the sun had set, I checked a property at 3809 94th place, everything was okay and then I was set to head home. I got back in my Jimmy and went only 5 houses further before my Jimmy sounded like it was tap dancing.
    All in all, I had 27 of those giant roofing all metal thumbnails (used for securing the roofing felt) in my four tires. I don't know if they spilled out of the back of a roofers truck, or if some people found a case of them and decided to have some fun.

    I knew I had to drive slow the rest of the way home and not throw any of the nails out of the tires, or I would lose too much air to make it there. The next morning I took my Jimmy to Discount Tire to have them warranty my road hazard warranty, they did.

    For as long as I built homes, about ten years, I always had two cans of fix a flat, a plug in 12 volt compressor and some screws and a screw driver to plug holes by thrown nails, I have used the string type plugs to repair tires that Discount Tires refused to, as the nail or screw was too close to the sidewall (on an original equipment tire I had not bought a Discount Tire).

    I probably only average a flat every two years, but I am no longer active in marketing or building new homes, so I avoid a lot of nail potentials and avoid areas where re-roofing is going on. Still, something sharp and metal can fall off an automobile anywhere and cause a flat.

    The once every two years, is enough aggravation for me.....in fact, more aggravation than I want anyhow.

    I have learned to tell the salesman who writes up the repair order to not only check the mileage, but also check the air pressure sensors and verify that they are all working before driving my truck into the service bay.

    I have been bit in the posterior once when driving less than a mile from a set of new tires and noticing the tire pressure warning light.

    I returned to my tire store, and pointed this out to my sales rep. He screwed with the programming a little and then declared the battery in my sensor had gone dead, and they all should be replaced, and if I did all four, they would give me one free, but the other three would be just about $60 Each. I told him "You are trying to tell me that I have owned this vehicle for 6 years, and the battery in the tire pressure sensor decides to quit working in the hour and 20 minutes my vehicle was in your custody, that is "Bull Hockey!" He took exception to that and I was ready to oblige him. I ended up filing a complaint to Discount Tire, and he was no longer there the next time I went in.

    I did get the sensor replaced at a Walmart for I think $32 and some change.

    Just a friendly warning about the sensors. My daughter had the same thing happen to her at a not "Discount Tire" place in Levelland.

    I have bought tires at "Discount Tires" since 1979 exclusively and that was the only bad experience I ever had.
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    I work at a garage/tire store.We do on average 10-15 tire repairs daily.Some days more.9 out of 10 punctures can be fixed with a plug.A large hole or a cut usually necessitates a patch on the inside.
    There is a lot of junk on the roads and more so if you have a lot of construction in your area.
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    Next vehicle I buy, cough new Ford Bronco, I’m installing an on vehicle air compressor.


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    Between our two vehicles, flats have been a rarity. Maybe one every six or eight years.

    Last on a pickup I had several years ago, got a welding rod in the sidewall. Held pressure until I made it to a service station to be repaired. I didn't think it was fixable, but the guy said he could do it. Still on the truck when I traded it off.
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    Just hang in there......about four more years.
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    Due to mesquite thorns, my truck used to get quite a few flats - then went to B F Goodrich A/T and haven't had one since. My JD Gator tires are full of Slime (little room for air) and they still leak over a long weekend. It's not too unusual to find those silly spares that sometimes come with new cars on the side of the road. They make good tires for small off-road trailers.

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    Maybe once every few years or so, generally around construction seasons here in PA.

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