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Old 04-02-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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What if YOUR ZL1 gets a BLOW OUT?

This is what I am worried about, and why I think anyone with a ZL1 should be concerned. I will be trying to see if a CTS-V has a spare that will fit. If not, I'll just buy a proper aftermarket rim and 285x20 tire. I believe this should remain in this forum location vs TIRES etc. FWIW. ZL1 Owners need specific direction/ideas.

Excellent article cautionary tale on what happened to a CTS-V driver! - WITH PICS!!

http://www.joelfeder.com/2011/06/06/...as-a-blow-out/
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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I'm going to tow a trailer around like we saw a few years ago in spy shots
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:00 PM   #3
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install trailering blocks and call GM road side
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:07 PM   #4
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install trailering blocks and call GM road side
That WAS GM roadside that came to help the CTS-V driver..... did you read what happened? LOL...........
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:11 PM   #5
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you really have two choices on cars without spares if you have a blow out. tow them or call someone to come get you take you to a tire shop.

I have not had this happen yet but depending on where I was I would handle it different. If I was local I would just leave the car and fix the tire. if it was not I would tow the car.

the issue you run into with the larget front brakes on some cars is finding a sapre to clear them. I don't know if that is an issue for the ZL-1 or not.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:41 PM   #6
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The really is zero room in the trunk for a full size tire for a spare.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:42 PM   #7
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As someone who trailers cars often I see nothing of issue here . .
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:49 PM   #8
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Wheels/Tires that will fit in the spare tire well in the trunk, won't clear the larger brembo brakes.
Wheels/Tires that will clear the larger brembo brakes won't fit in the spare tire well.

Instead they give you a small air pump along with a can of fix-a-flat.

You can use that, use Onstar for service, or call GM on your phone.

Several options are available, plus, how often do people get flat tires these days.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:49 PM   #9
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My CTSv has the inflator kit,,,,with a spare there wouldn't be room for my briefcase!
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:56 PM   #10
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As someone who trailers cars often I see nothing of issue here . .
Andy is that you welcome to C5 BTW will you have her in time for the Gathering?
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:01 PM   #11
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Andy is that you?
Yup, that's Andy!
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:20 PM   #12
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Andy is that you welcome to C5 BTW will you have her in time for the Gathering?
Tis me, thanks for the Welcome

. . . I doubt that my ZL1 will be built in time for GA . . sure had hoped so, but production issues are thwarting his birth . .
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:36 PM   #13
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my wife got a flat on her 1 week old Terrain, my 1SS never had a flat yet..
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:52 PM   #14
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Being in the tire business, most flats are either woke up to in the morning or found when walking up to the car. The other thing is most people can't change a tire and call for help. So it leaves a very small percentage that can change the tire and have it happen while driving. Myself, I see this as no big deal and would rather not have the weight or the room taken. It comes with the territory.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:52 PM   #15
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my wife got a flat on her 1 week old Terrain, my 1SS never had a flat yet..
My wife has had a flat on almost every vehicle she's had. I have never had one. Weird how that works...
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:28 PM   #16
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My wife has had a flat on almost every vehicle she's had. I have never had one. Weird how that works...
One good reason to not let her drive it.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:27 PM   #17
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So the guy that wrote the article had a shitty tow truck driver it happens
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:28 PM   #18
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My wife has had a flat on almost every vehicle she's had. I have never had one. Weird how that works...
Does she drive a Bimmer. I had 16 flats in 3 years.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:28 PM   #19
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At 14mpg you shouldn't be far from a gas station at any one time.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:49 PM   #20
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:50 PM   #21
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Keep a (low profile maybe?) deflated tire on rim in the spare tire cavity and stow the inflator in the middle of the rim. Then pull out both & inflate the tire up. That way you can have a just big enough rim to fit over brembos and a thin enough tire to put in trunk. Probably wont work but just a thought to keep the train rollin...
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:53 PM   #22
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Maybe a trunk monkey would be in order...

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Old 04-03-2012, 12:07 AM   #23
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The best thing to do is carry a plug kit. Plugs are great for roadside repairs and they do very little damage to the tire when installing. The tire sealant will mess up your tire pressure sensor.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:47 AM   #24
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Keep a (low profile maybe?) deflated tire on rim in the spare tire cavity and stow the inflator in the middle of the rim. Then pull out both & inflate the tire up. That way you can have a just big enough rim to fit over brembos and a thin enough tire to put in trunk. Probably wont work but just a thought to keep the train rollin...
Won't fit in the spare tire hole.
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The tire sealant will mess up your tire pressure sensor.
You my friend are incorrect.

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#09-03-10-013: Statement on Tire Sealant Included in GM Inflator Kits (Supplied with New Vehicles or as GM Accessory) - (Oct 8, 2009)


Subject: Statement on Tire Sealant Included in GM Inflator Kits (Supplied with New Vehicles or as GM Accessory)


Models: 2010 and Prior Cars and Light Duty Trucks

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Attention: IPC Dealers are not authorized to utilize this bulletin.



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GM Warranty Statement on Tire Sealant
General Motors covers OE tires as part of the General Motors New Vehicle Warranty. The temporary use of tire sealant (as supplied with a GM inflator kit) may not be endorsed by certain tire manufacturers. General Motors has independently validated the temporary use of such sealant when used in accordance with the instructions provided in the vehicle's Owner Manual.

When the instructions found in the Owner Manual have been followed correctly, GM will continue to cover the tire under the terms of the New Vehicle Warranty, whether or not the practice conflicts with the policies of the individual tire manufacturer. Due to this policy, it is advantageous for a customer to return their vehicle to a General Motors dealership for tire warranty issues if GM Tire Sealant has been used.

Important: Road hazard is not covered. This includes punctures, cuts, impact breaks, etc. (road hazard is covered for run flat tires).

GM Inflator Kits/Tire Pressure Monitor Sensors
ONLY use the tire sealant included with GM Inflator Kits for temporary repair of tire air leaks. General Motors has tested this sealant and its compatibility with on-wheel mounted tire pressure monitor sensors. After inflator kit use, the on-wheel mounted tire pressure sensor should be inspected for any damage and replaced/cleaned as needed.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:41 AM   #25
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I don't see any issues here. I had a blowout 35 miles away from my preferred dealer.
I contacted onstar, they connected me to roadside assist, they sent me text messages on the status of the driver showing up. The driver showed up exactly 40 minutes later. The tow truck knew he had to deal with ground clearance on a 2SS. He was prepared for that with a few pieces of wood to help with the clearence issue.

I prefer having someone tow the car, I don't want my wife or daughter trying to change a flat tire on the side of the freeway. I prefer the option of them calling someone to have the car towed.

They are too many other scenarios that can go really wrong with trying to swap a tire out on the side of the road.
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