Re: [DML] Re: Fw: Flat Tire Issue
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Re: [DML] Re: Fw: Flat Tire Issue

Why don't you get run flat tires. Then you won't need a spare.

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From: content22207 
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:26 pm
Subject: [DML] Re: Fw: Flat Tire Issue
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

> Aluminum rim? If so, that was galvanic corrosion in action. 
> Happens to DeLorean rims that have been in place too long as well.
> A sliced sidewall is a perfect example of why spare tires are at 
> least helpful, if not necessary. There is no way to repair a 
> sidewall. I tore mine on the edge of a pot trapezoid. As 
> American pavement conditions deteriorate, I suspect such 
> failures will become more common, irrespective of tire 
> technology. There also is the hazard of debris in the road (a 
> friend of mine tore his sidewall on a piece of metal that 
> probably fell off a scrap truck). 
> Bill Robertson
> #5939
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Rod Dillman wrote:
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> > --- On Tue, 4/24/12, Rod Dillman wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > From: Rod Dillman 
> > Subject: Flat Tire Issue
> > To: www.dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:38 AM
> > 
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> > All the discussion in another thread about flat tires on the 
> road reminded me of a flat I observed last year. I was at a 
> local country club and our group had just finished preparing for 
> a non-profit foundation golf tournament. One of our members was 
> backing out to head home and turned a corner too short causing 
> his front tire hit a low brick wall. The brick wall tore a hole 
> in the sidewall of the front tire upon impact. The vehicle was a 
> large Lexus SUV which the owner had bought new and had serviced 
> regularly at the Lexus dealership. In fact, just a few days 
> before it had been serviced and the tires, according to the 
> dealer, had been rotated.
> >  
> > We got the vehicle jack out for the first time ever and 
> properly placed it for the lift. We broke the lug nuts loose, 
> lifted the front tire up and took off the 5 lug nuts. The tire 
> would not come off even after repeated kicking by the largest 
> member of our group. One of our group lived close by and he went 
> home and got a rubber mallet and also a sledge hammer. The 
> mallet did nothing so the 8 pound sledge hammer was employed. It 
> must have taken 20 to 25 hits on the rim before the sledge 
> hammer broke the rim loose. In spite of the dealer's claim to 
> the contrary, I don't believe the tire had ever been rotated. It 
> was like the rim had somehow bonded to the metal it was bolted to.
> >  
> > I have often thought that if this flat had occured on the 
> highway there would have been absolutely no way to remove the 
> rim and put on a spare since sledge hammers are not provided 
> along with the jack and lug wrench. 
> >  
> > Is this a Lexus specific experience or can it happen to other 
> cars? The Lexus was probably 3 or 4 years old and had about 
> 100,000 miles on it.
> >  
> > Rod
> > 10921
> >  
> > 
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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