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[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 14:03:57 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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don't those things work on the dry ground too? albeit badly?

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 15:30:00 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Re: Changing flat tires.

The few times I've had to change a flat I've either been near my destination, in which case I just change the tire in the parking lot, or I just drive until I find a spot where I can pull completely off the road.

I'd rather wear down my rims a little than risk getting hit.
Flat Binder

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 15:51:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It isn't the rims you have to worry about. When the tire is deflated, the rims grind down the sidewalls of the tire. This will ruin an otherwise repairable tire.

That's what happened to me, because the leak was so slow that I didn't notice the flat until we had been running on it for a while.

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 16:13:03 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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It isn't the rims you have to worry about. When the tire is deflated,

the rims grind down the sidewalls of the tire. This will ruin an
otherwise repairable tire.

It's worse than that. All that friction of the cars weight creates a lot of heat, eventually, the tire will catch fire.
I've seen a few of these where a guy was stuck with a flat tire and decided to drive it anyway.
And then his car catches fire.

They don't tell you this, but it's one of those obvious things after your car is heavily charred.

Ford (I know this, because I almost did it myself, I fell asleep driving home having not slept for about 40 hours and hit a curb and blew out my tire (nothink like getting woken up by having your head smash against the roof of your car) and I was soooooooooo tired I didn't want to change it or walk the mile home, so I drove it home really really slowly, it was smoking by the time I got home. I'm damn lucky it didn't catch fire. I should have just slept in my car, aaaah the good old days.) ][

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 23:51:25 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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Yeah, i *can* run my sled on ashpalt... but teh skags (metal runners under
the skis) tear the shit out of the asphalt... and it's hell on the track...
...not to mention snowmobiles depend on snow for lubrication (track on hyfax)
and cooling (track kicks snow up on the tunnel, where the heat exchanger is).

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 08:13:21 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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well, there is that.

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 12:44:34 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Re: Flat tires.

Good point about heat build-up. Didn't think of that.

I'm trying to remember, but I don't think I've ever tried to get a flat tire repaired. Every time I've gotten a flat, the tire couldn't be repaired, so I ended up having to buy new ones.

I'm not sure I'd want to drive on a repaired tire, anyways. I drive a little on the hard side, and I don't want the possibility of a tire patch coming loose going around a corner. This is just me, though, so, pardon the pun, but your mileage may vary. :)
Tire Binder

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 13:45:38 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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depends where the hole is.
That episode with the curb yielded a 4 in gash in the sidewall. no fixing that.
if you get a screw or nail or something small through the tread side of the tire not too close to the sidewall, the plugs they fix them with work fine. I've done plenty of sideways on tires with puncture fixes like that with no problems.

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 14:35:36 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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I had a flat several years ago while driving fast... when I stopped on the spare track, I burnt my fingers touching the flat tire... luckily the highway had an open exit for maintainance just where i stopped, so i could escape.

but... that tire was all wasted. it had tiny gum nibbles roaming through the weel... 

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 15:16:16 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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there's something in my family about being told to run when the tire was smoking. (as in, oh @$#@ the tire's smoking. When I pull over, everyone get out and RUN)

and then the tire exploded. 

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 15:43:09 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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it shouldn't be smoking if it's not flat, and thus shouldn't explode...

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 16:32:18 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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I donno. maybe it burst into flame

or made a large popping sound for some other reason.  

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 16:52:26 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Some tire shops fill the tires with nitrogen. triL's family goes to a place that fills them with propane.

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 17:02:46 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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I donno. I think it was before I was born.

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 17:08:25 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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must have been a pretty loud noise then.

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 18:09:38 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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sometimes the cap of the tire bubles from the rest of the tire... that should get hot, plus imply the risk of it exploding...

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 22:43:12 EDT from davew @ Uncensored

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If a brake binds the heat can get conducted throught the wheel into the tyre. Hot brakes often smoke and have caused many blow outs on lorries where a single binding brake is less noticeable.

[#] Sat Mar 29 2008 09:56:25 EDT from rudolf @ Uncensored

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At least the opinions here are a change from my usual sojourn on TDIclub.

[#] Sat Mar 29 2008 10:03:20 EDT from rudolf @ Uncensored

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On TDIclub, I learned to stay away from K&N air filters. At least I can say that.

[#] Sun Mar 30 2008 10:08:35 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Ummm.... K&N cleaners are great. Why would you stay away from them? (My guess is that in a vehicle with TDI, the MAF gets contaminated if you over oil them when cleaning.)

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