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With parts coming from everywhere, does "Buying American" have much meaning anymore? Is quality and price the bottom line?
#16771 of 18079 Re: steve... [uplanderguy]
Jan 30, 2013 (5:56 am)
I miss full-size spares.
I understand, but honestly, I haven't changed a tire on one of my cars in over 10 years. I've had several slow leaks, but I've always been drive to a shop for the repair.
Even with a full-size spare, the rim usually doesn't match those on the vehicle, so I would want to repair/replace the original ASAP.
OTOH, if you were on a long trip, at least you could get home on a full-size spare. No way would I want to drive very far on a mini-spare.
#16772 of 18079 Re: steve... [dieselone]
Jan 30, 2013 (9:15 am)
My 07 Sequoia has a full size spare with the matching aluminum wheel. I scratched one of mine and had the spare tire mounted on it when I bought a new set of tires. The OEM Dumlops only lasted 25k miles,
I cringe when I see someone driving 75 MPH on one of those little spare donuts. Most of the time on the front.
#16773 of 18079 Re: steve... [dieselone]
Jan 30, 2013 (9:24 am)
I have a slow leak right now. Holds pressure for ~10 days or so.
Will be patched this weekend. No spare to use in the meantime.
Was just reading the latest CR last night and the new Malibu has no spare at all, also.
#16774 of 18079 Re: steve... [ateixeira]
Jan 30, 2013 (9:45 am)
Wow...no spare at all? Not even a can of fix a flat?
The compact spare tires are much improved over the early ones. You can drive fairly long distances now. Still, I would keep my speeds down.
Tire shops hate fix a flat. It makes it hard to clean a place to patch them from inside.
I would never plug a tire. I've done this successfully but it's just a cheap way to "fix a tire and the plugs can blow out.
#16775 of 18079 Re: steve... [isellhondas]
Jan 30, 2013 (9:48 am)
That's what CR said, if they're wrong don't shoot the messenger.
The 2nd half of your message is exactly why I'm taking my tire in this weekend for a proper internal patch. $26 at Sears...or do you think they will nickel-and-dime me for the valve and the TPMS "service"?
#16776 of 18079 Re: steve... [ateixeira]
Jan 30, 2013 (9:57 am)
Are you serious? 26.00??
Some chain tire stores like Big O and Discount tire will actually fix flats for free in the hopes they can earn your future business.
A leak that slow isnt going to be easy to find!
#16777 of 18079 Re: steve... [isellhondas]
Jan 30, 2013 (10:35 am)
Neither of those 2 franchises are near me. I welcome suggestions, though.
I got tires from TireRack and they had Mr. Tire as the installer, but those guys wanted $30.99.
Let me call the dealer real quick...no answer. They push the upsell too hard anyway. I had a free oil change, and the guy tried to push a car wash. The car had just been waxed and was spotless. He then said, "So, do you want it?".
#16778 of 18079 Re: steve... [isellhondas]
Jan 30, 2013 (11:01 am)
Around here Tire Fair Tire offers $4 flat repairs. I've used them 2 or 3 times in the past couple of years for flat repair and yes I did buy tires from them but only but only after going through a convoluted price match.
They won't mount new tires or rims bought elsewhere and I can understand that. But they will take my 1 year old snow tires bought elsewhere and mount them on used rims I bought elsewhere.
#16779 of 18079 Re: steve... [ateixeira]
Jan 30, 2013 (11:06 am)
Maybe I'm just out of touch.
It's been a long time since I managed a Sears Auto Center.
#16780 of 18079 Re: steve... [isellhondas]
Jan 30, 2013 (11:10 am)
I've never had any tire place fix a flat for free. OTOH, last year when I had to take the Expedition back for a problem with the window regulator which the dealer had replaced a few months prior, my low tire light came on when I pulled into the dealer. I told them about it and they fixed the regulator and tire for free;) That's the only goodwill I've ever received from a service department.