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Old 12-08-2008, 03:34 AM   #1
seafajr.
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Unhappy Driving with a flat...

I'm wondering if I could have done damage by driving with a flat.
I drove home on the freeway for about 15 miles and didn't reallize I had a flat until I got home. It was the rear right tire. There were no strange thumping noises. The only thing I noticed early on was that it felt like my back end slid a bit when I made a hard turn. I didn't think much about it because the roads were wet. Otherwise the ride on the freeway felt and sounded normal.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:17 AM   #2
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Well, I just did the same thing for the same reason - I didn't realize it was flat - and now I have a nice new tire back there. In my case a roofing nail made the problem worse. It was right near the juncture of the tread and sidewall. By driving flat, the point of the nail was allowed to create a second hole in the sidewall - which was the kiss of death for that tire. Fortunately, or not, the tires were pretty new, so the size difference is small enough that no one seems to be too worried about it. Getting one new tire is a whole lot easer to swallow than getting four!
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:54 AM   #3
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In my experience in dealing with flats, go to a small independent or used tire shop to get it fixed. They will sometimes fix things that chain shops are afraid to touch because of liability. Example is that I found a shop that put an inside patch on the sidewall a firestone auto care center wouldn't touch.

And please reserve the sad smiley for a real catastrophe.
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:44 PM   #4
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It ended up being a screw stuck in my tire. Fortunately it was fixable.
I was also just thinking that in the 22 years I've been driving, I've never gotten a flat or leak caused by a screw or nail on the driver's side. All of them have always been on the right side.
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