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Old 08-21-2002, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default I wore a flat spot in my tires, what should I do ?

Last night I had to slam on my brakes to keep from hitting some Idiot in a Ford Explorer. My tires locked up and slid a little ways, and I think I've worn a flat spot in them. It kinda feels like a bent rim, but I didn't hit anything, so I'm assuming that's what happened. Any suggestions on what I should do ? Take it to get new ones ? Wait and see if it goes away ?
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Old 08-21-2002, 02:47 PM   #2
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Old 08-21-2002, 03:06 PM   #3
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You can have them shaved. Take it to a tire place and have them check the 'run out' on them. Your ABS didn't kick in?
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Old 08-21-2002, 03:38 PM   #4
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Normally a shop won't shave used tires because of the damage they can cause to the cutting teeth.

You really only have too options that I can see:

Try to have the tire re-balanced or get a new tire.
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:16 AM   #5
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Beast, my model doesn't have ABS, I believe it only came in the SE on my model year. I have a base model, didn't want all that added weight .
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Old 08-22-2002, 10:16 AM   #6
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Hm, ok. I thought since like... 1990 all 'semi expensive' cars had abs. Oh well, I'm wrong. =)
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Old 08-22-2002, 11:03 AM   #7
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How much weight does ABS add on a 240sx? Besides, skidding tends to be a slower way to stop
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Old 08-22-2002, 12:11 PM   #8
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Flat spot=replace tires no if and or buts....
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Old 08-22-2002, 12:30 PM   #9
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Dang, Silver that's not what I wanted to hear .

It's not the ABS that adds a lot of weight, it's all the other options along WITH the ABS that came on the SE models that add up to quite a bit of weight. Heavier speakers for the upgraded stereo, heavy electic motors for the power windows and moon roof and rear wiper. Heavier interior styling. I searched out a base model when I bought it because my ultimate plan to strip it all out and fabricate it into a full race car. Well, maybe not full, cuz I want to be able to still drive it on the street. But I want to go pretty well all out.
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Old 08-22-2002, 07:04 PM   #10
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Flat spots eventually seem to go away. Either that, or you get used to the vibration

BTW, locking up the brakes sure seemed to work better than ABS or threshold braking for SCC on their WRX when they did the braking test.
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Old 08-23-2002, 08:49 AM   #11
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Hmm, well I don't know about the tires they used, but the ones I got sure did get pretty dang sticky afterwards, that's probably how it helped them. Not my idea of a good solution to get traction though .

I think I'm just gonna go burn these ones off and get these Yokohama's I saw on TireRack. They're $17 cheaper, and have a way more aggressive tread pattern.
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Old 08-23-2002, 09:10 AM   #12
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If you feel/hear the tumpa-thumpa-thumpa-thumpa-thumpa-thumpa when driving, you need a new tire. No doubt about that. What would happen is if you gradually braked to almost lock-up, the wheel with the flat spot would lock up on the flat before any of the other tires.

I did that to one of my new Azenis' early this year. I unplugged the ABS to 'see what would happen'. Well I found out.

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If you feel/hear the tumpa-thumpa-thumpa-thumpa-thumpa-thumpa when driving, you need a new tire. No doubt about that. What would happen is if you gradually braked to almost lock-up, the wheel with the flat spot would lock up on the flat before any of the other tires.

I did that to one of my new Azenis' early this year. I unplugged the ABS to 'see what would happen'. Well I found out.

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If you have new brake pads, will this stop the flat spot.
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Old 10-19-2005, 03:24 PM   #14
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Last night I had to slam on my brakes to keep from hitting some Idiot in a Ford Explorer. My tires locked up and slid a little ways, and I think I've worn a flat spot in them. It kinda feels like a bent rim, but I didn't hit anything, so I'm assuming that's what happened. Any suggestions on what I should do ? Take it to get new ones ? Wait and see if it goes away ?
Any Suggestions what i should do about the flat spot on each tires.
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Old 10-19-2005, 03:25 PM   #15
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If you have new brake pads, will this stop the flat spot.
Will new brakepads magically change the surface of the tire?
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Old 10-19-2005, 03:29 PM   #16
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I still have flat spot in all four tires,
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Old 10-19-2005, 03:32 PM   #17
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If you replace the brake pads, will that change the suface of each tire.
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Old 10-19-2005, 03:33 PM   #18
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Hello old thread.

Fill in the flat spots with Windoweld.
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If change all brake pads, will stop the flat spot
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Old 10-19-2005, 03:39 PM   #21
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Should i get new tires
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Should i get new tires
you may have worn flat spots on your wheel bearings and axles as well, I'd replace the drivetrain to be safe.
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