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Flat Tire

January 1st, 2013 at 10:10 am

Yesterday the tire pressure indicator went on in my car (new to us car last April.) Since just the day before, The Husband had mentioned that he needed to check the tire pressure, I assumed that the indicator light had gone on for him, too. And he had told me when we first got the car that the tires were "run flat." So I didn't worry.

My sister and I ran a few errands together. The tire looked lower and lower, so I finally stopped at a gas station and had The Husband meet me there to check the tire.

Results:
-not "run flat" tires
-husband had been looking at a different tire, thinking it had looked low... hadn't seen tire indicator light
-tire has a hole in the side wall

He filled the tire enough to get it to my sister's house. Today he'll take the wheel off, and and he and BIL will try to get the tire repaired. I hopehopehopehope that the tire can be repaired and we don't have to replace it. It's a fairly new tire.

Bleh. Money out.

7 Responses to “Flat Tire”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Fingers crossed it can be fixed!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Oh that stinks!

  3. Swimgirl Says:

    Yahoo!!

    After a ton of planning, thinking, calling, investigating...

    The Husband and the BIL found a replacement tire. Because the leak was in a sidewall, it wasn't recommended that we repair it. The Husband ended up buying a pump ($30) to inflate the tire enough to drive it to the tire place. When he got there, tire was normally $220... ugh. But they are discontinuing the particular model. Clearance-priced at $110. Score!

    The Husband and BIL just went to pick up the tire. Whew! I was afraid it was going to be triple that!

  4. SicilyYoder Says:

    AWESOME!! I get my tires from one of my step-dad's golf buddies. He gave me a good deal last week. I got a new tire and an oil change, plus some Lucas to add to the oil to make the oil leak not be as bad, for $144.00. I really do need to get that oil valve seal fixed.

  5. snafu Says:

    Happy New Year. I've found it helpful to be aware of non typical outlets for tires before they were needed. We have several tire outlets that specialize in 'gently used' tires traded by folks who like 'performance' tires. If you have an older car, you can usually negotiate a terrific deal for tires at the wreckers if they have the size and type needed. Wreckers have an on-line system to access parts from other outlets within driving range. I don't know anything about tires but note the 'Best Buy' in Consumer Magazine's Annual Report.

  6. Swimgirl Says:

    The husband did quite a bit of calling around, but he kind of had to take what he could get.

    (1) It was New Year's Day, and lots of places were closed!

    (2) This was our nicest, rather high-performance car. The tire size apparently isn't super common. He found places like Walmart and Costco that had the tire we needed online, but when he called the store, it wasn't in stock. Still, we're THRILLED with the deal! It could have been so much worse. I think one of the cars we just sold (SUV) needed ridiculously expensive tires. This was a deal... and the $110 included the installation, balance, etc.

    (3) We commute in that car. A lot. A LOT. And considering the miles we put on it (mostly freeway, in a very high-traffic part of CA) we wanted a new, very safe tire. If the car were mostly driven around town, I'd feel differently. But I have to admit, when I drive that car, I mostly drive too fast! Wink

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Your safety is worth a lot!

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