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Old 05-03-2012, 04:53 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, 04:55 PM   #2
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no good. Glad it wasnt a blow out though.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:03 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, 05:26 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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Old 05-03-2012, 05:56 PM   #5
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LOL about the ketchup

Was it a nail in your tire or?
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:13 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, 07:32 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, 08:02 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, 08:04 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, 08:06 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, 08:10 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, 08:29 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, 08:34 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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