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Old 05-03-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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First (and last I hope) Flat Tire

Went out to the ZL1 around lunch time to give a fellow worker a ride. Cranked it up an we commented on how great the exhaust sounded. Started toward the exit and then I saw the orange tire symbol on the dash, damn!!

15 pounds of air in the LR tire. Lucky it was not a fast leak and I made it to a tire store about 1 mile away.

Good news the repair only took 30 mins, the bad news is the tire machine scratched the wheel

The manager said he will take car of the wheel repair.

Oh well. Guess that gets the first cosmetic damage out of the way. Hope it is the last.

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Old 05-03-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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no good. Glad it wasnt a blow out though.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:03 PM   #3
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Exactly. Now I'm glad you didn't have to have it towed. You have to watch everyone who works on this car LIKE A HAWK or you will get shafted. PERIOD.

Those wheel mounting fellas have to be watched. The balance machine wheel locks sometimes have bad bushings that hold the wheel, and scratch scratch! So much to keep on top of! Ain't it great!? Had my second Whopper in this thing! Tasted just as good as the first one.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:26 PM   #4
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Yeah...that's great and all, but you're not really pushing the boundaries unless you get it with Ketchup on it.....
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LOL about the ketchup

Was it a nail in your tire or?
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:13 PM   #6
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Gary, had this shop previously repaired your Z06 or CTS-V tires? What I'm asking really is...were they experienced in Performance tire repairs?

Also, what was the nasty little culprit that caused the hole?

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:32 PM   #7
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Gary, Mike wants to know if you carry a tire plug kit?
We have one in every vehicle. Never had to use one in a car, but used them many times in our trucks & they have been life savers.

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Old 05-03-2012, 09:02 PM   #8
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[QUOTE=Janet;4907746]Gary, had this shop previously repaired your Z06 or CTS-V tires? What I'm asking really is...were they experienced in Performance tire repairs?

A: They have worked on Corvette tires before. Although not mine



Also, what was the nasty little culprit that caused the hole?


A: It looked one prong of an electrical wall plug. Not a lot of tread on these tires even new.

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Old 05-03-2012, 09:04 PM   #9
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Gary, Mike wants to know if you carry a tire plug kit?
We have one in every vehicle. Never had to use one in a car, but used them many times in our trucks & they have been life savers.

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Old 05-03-2012, 09:06 PM   #10
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no good. Glad it wasnt a blow out though.
I certainly agree. I was only traveling about 5 miles an hour so it might not have been too bad.
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Yes.. the tire repair kits are good. But you still need AIR to go in it. Keep in mind, don't just buy "any" tire kit. The good ones come with better than average hole reamers. They are not all the same so look around first!

On trips I carry my own 10 gal canister of compressed air.. so you can plug it and make it to wherever.

I still want a donut for my ZL1. Gotta find something!
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:10 PM   #12
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Exactly. Now I'm glad you didn't have to have it towed. You have to watch everyone who works on this car LIKE A HAWK or you will get shafted. PERIOD.

Those wheel mounting fellas have to be watched. The balance machine wheel locks sometimes have bad bushings that hold the wheel, and scratch scratch! So much to keep on top of! Ain't it great!? Had my second Whopper in this thing! Tasted just as good as the first one.
If there was one good thing about the incident it was the fact no tow was needed. If I had not gone out at lunch time but waited until the end of shift it may have required a tow. :(
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:29 PM   #13
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Be careful. A patched tire, IIRC, loses its Y speed rating. I wouldn't track my car with a patched tire.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:34 PM   #14
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Be careful. A patched tire, IIRC, loses its Y speed rating. I wouldn't track my car with a patched tire.
I am a bit concerned about this even though the store manager say's this patch would still allow tire to retain speed rating.

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Some of the vulcanized patches will. Unless you plan on doing over 120 mph i wouldnt really worry about it.. tires probably wear out before then
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Went out to the ZL1 around lunch time to give a fellow worker a ride. Cranked it up an we commented on how great the exhaust sounded. Started toward the exit and then I saw the orange tire symbol on the dash, damn!!

15 pounds of air in the LR tire. Lucky it was not a fast leak and I made it to a tire store about 1 mile away.

Good news the repair only took 30 mins, the bad news is the tire machine scratched the wheel

The manager said he will take car of the wheel repair.

Oh well. Guess that gets the first cosmetic damage out of the way. Hope it is the last.

Gary
...I can feel for you bro, seems almost every time I got a new car I picked up something and got a flat within the first 1K miles....glad it's all all working out for you....
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:50 PM   #17
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My Z had a roofing nail go almost in the sidewall (internally it had to be in the sidewall) the 3rd day I had the car. I just happened to see it. It didn't appear to be leaking. I went to the tire store. The guy immediately told me that it couldn't be repaired. He went and got a bottle of fluid and sprayed the nail area. No bubbles. He got some pliers and started removing the nail very slowly. I was praying don't leak, don't leak. He kept pulling ever so slowly until he finally pulled it all the way out. No leak! I'm Pentecostal and I wanted to do a dance in the parking lot (everyone probably would have thought I was crazy) but I was dancing on the inside. Thank you Jesus that I didn't have to order a tire!
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:24 PM   #18
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How will they "repair" the scratch? Do you have black or polished wheels?
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:15 AM   #19
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:30 AM   #20
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Yes.. the tire repair kits are good. But you still need AIR to go in it. Keep in mind, don't just buy "any" tire kit. The good ones come with better than average hole reamers. They are not all the same so look around first!

On trips I carry my own 10 gal canister of compressed air.. so you can plug it and make it to wherever.

I still want a donut for my ZL1. Gotta find something!
Unless someone took it - you have an air pump from the factory where the spare tire should be and these are run flat tires - so unless there is a major hole, you should be able to inflate to get pretty much anywhere and should not have a traditional blow out like you would in a non run flat.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:31 AM   #21
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So the tires on the ZL1 are not runflats?
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:57 AM   #22
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So the tires on the ZL1 are not runflats?
They are NOT run flats.

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Old 05-04-2012, 07:58 AM   #23
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:03 AM   #24
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How will they "repair" the scratch? Do you have black or polished wheels?
Not sure on the repair technique that will be used. The tire store manager said he would be happy to let me select the repair source. He will talk to his contact at the "Wheel Doctor" and we will then discuss the action plan. I will have to check around to find a recommended wheel repair place.

The wheels are black.

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Old 05-04-2012, 08:07 AM   #25
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...I can feel for you bro, seems almost every time I got a new car I picked up something and got a flat within the first 1K miles....glad it's all all working out for you....
Thanks for the empathy I know its always something.

I have been lucky though. The last flat tire i had was on my 2001 C5 Z06. There has been 5 cars since then with run flats and non run flat tires.

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