2nd Gen R59 Roadster Award for the shortest tire driven!

Discussion in '2nd Generation: 2007+ R55 through R61' started by TG., Apr 23, 2016.

  1. TG.

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    Just got brand new tires mounted this morning.
    Actually the Mini still had its winter wheels on so I took my other car to have them mounted and I spent quite some time swapping the wheels myself.
    Then went to do grocery shopping. 5 miles round trip top!
    On the way back . . . psssssss :mad5:

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  2. 00Mini

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    Now that's a bummer !! Is it repairable ??
     
  3. TG.

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    I don't know... the key is pretty big. It's nothing similar to a nail. I got the tires from TireRack so I'm hoping they'll replace it with their free road hazard insurance I got.
    I just can't believe the timing, though the tires being new and super sticky, I wouldn't be surprised it played a role.
     
  4. Crashton

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    Thank goodness for road hazard. Of all the things I've seen stick in tires that one takes the cake.
     
  5. TG.

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    Same here. I couldn't believe it when I saw it... is that a key???? I have not taken it out yet until the warranty process gets in the way but I'm curious to see what's on the other end.
     
  6. Crashton

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    I wonder if there is an ignition switch on the other end.
     
  7. Red Bull

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    That sucks!... rear tire?
     
  8. Metalman

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    The key thing to ponder....

    You most likely won't have a key ever puncture one of your tires again in your lifetime....

    That's the keynote to consider for this situation...

    I'd still check with the tire guy to see if he can fix a keyhole...:idea:
     
  9. TG.

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    #9 TG., Apr 24, 2016
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    Yes! how did you guess?

    Maybe I should go see a blacksmith instead :lol:

    Better not! :eek6: but I am curious to see the shape of the key and how pointy or not it actually is.
     
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    Nails, screws, (keys), etc. wind up in the rear tire 90% of the time in my experience.
     
  11. vetsvette

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    That in all probability destroyed multiple ply wires on the inside of the carcass. Road hazard should fix it for ya.
    I built tires for Goodyear for 12 years before I retired for the last time and learned a lot about tire construction in that time. A tip... if you find a screw in your tire, unscrew it. Don't just pull it out. Less chance of damage to ply wires or belt wires in the tread package. Maybe if you unlock it before removing it? :D
     
  12. 00Mini

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    Unlock it ...... That's funny !!!!
     
  13. TG.

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    Is that a right hand or a left hand turn?

    Good tip about the screw/bolt.
     
  14. DneprDave

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    The Discount Tire road hazard coverage is very good. My wife got a flat on a two week old tire and drove on it too long. They gave us a new tire, no charge.
     
  15. TG.

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    I couldn't resist:
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    #16 TG., Apr 24, 2016
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    By the way... question:
    Does the tire monitor system goes away on it's own after a while?

    I mounted one of the winter wheel for temporary use, and reset the tire monitoring system. But it still shows as low tire pressure. :confused:

    EDIT: Never mind. I didn't do it properly the first time. You have to wait for the reset message to go away by itself before doing any thing else.
     
  17. Metalman

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    ACE is the place with the helpful hardware folks....

    Now find the strong box that fits that key.....

    Could be early retirement.... So git that wheel re-tired...

    With the road hazard...
     
  18. ScottinBend

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    Wow......that's a new one!
    Rear tires get more flats cause the fronts kick up the debris off of the road and the rears have to deal with it as best they can.
    Still want to find out what happened to the rest of the front door.......;)
     
  19. Grizld700

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    Poor Poor MPSS
     
  20. whaap

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    It could always be worse. Once I saw a 'spark plug' in the rear tire of a motorcycle.
     

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