Thursday, July 20, 2006

Flat Tire

. Thursday, July 20, 2006

Got a flat tire coming home from work on Tuesday. Fortunately, I was close enough to home and the leak was slow enough that I could make it home and put the spare tire on there. This is a picture of what caused the flat. Unfortunately, it created a hole large enough that it could not be repaired, so I had to get a new tire. That really sucked because I just got new tires back in October.


Anonymous said...

That sucks. I buy new tires every year, and never have flat tires anymore. But from the looks of that, yikes! I always watch out for those tractor trailer tire blow out pieces too as I've heard they are tire killers. What is that thing? Metal or Wire or?

Mohawk Chieftain said...

Duh... Do you actually use your car? Or was it your bike?

Unknown said...

What is that thing?

You buy new tires every year? Wowza!

P.S. Booboo,
Change the link to my site, I'm not at msn anymore.

Boo said...

Just some random piece of metal from the road. I was shocked at how long it was when the guy at the garage pulled it out.

Gwen - I don't understand your logic for buying new tires. New tires don't aren't mush less prone to flats than used tires.

Anonymous said...

My logic for new tires is they get around great in the snow! lol And they do help prevent flat tires as they have much more tread. Course they wouldn't help much with that thing you picked up- but otherwise they do.

Also a good tip I learned is not drive on the side of the road, that's where all the junk is. Try to avoid it at all costs. Haven't had a flat tire in so many years I can't remember. And I drive LOTS of miles.

OH and now they have "run flat tires" too! Never bought them but here is some information about them:

The latest advance in tire technology are called run-flat or zero-pressure tires. These tires do exactly what their name implies- they will continue to perform even after all of the air pressure is gone from the tire. Several manufacturers, including Goodyear, Michelin and Firestone, offer these types of tires, which can be driven on for up to 50 miles at 55 miles per hour with zero air pressure. These tires handle so well when flat that they require a tire pressure monitoring system to warn the driver when there is a loss of pressure. The monitoring system contains a transmitter, which is installed on the wheel, and a receiver inside the vehicle, usually on the visor or overhead console. The receiver has a screen that lists current tire pressure for each tire, as well as an audible alarm, which goes off when the pressure drops to a set point. Although more expensive than conventional tires, run-flat tires offer drivers the assurance of never needing to stop to change a tire in an unsafe location, nor having an accident as a result of a full blow-out. They can be a worthwhile investment for individuals who do a lot of driving or who simply want the added security.