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When was your last flat tire?

When was your last flat tire?

I don't think that I have had one in 20 years. Today's tires are so good...they seem to survive every attack on them. In Bangkok we have to deal with really bad roads and I have yet (in almost 8 years) even seen someone changing a flat.

But, I still keep a can of that inflate&glue stuff in my boot.

Now that I've said it....touch wood.
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RW BLowout at about 90mph on the way back from dallas at 6am.. didn't really know about it untill a .0065 secs after it went.. and it still steered good to the shoulder. 3" slice in the sidewall and when I took the wheel off the whole inner wall had gone. yet the tyre still stood. hell of a lot of stuff supporting a PS2. space saver got me to the garage and is reusable although getting it out after uses requeries something crowbar like.
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Probably 6 months ago, repaired free-of-charge at America's Tire Co.

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A couple of years ago, my SLK 320 had a flat. Picked up a screw that was only about a half inch long. I kept hearing this "tick, tick, tick" as the wheels went around, but couldn't figure out what it was till it poked the final piece of rubber through and it went flat. Luckily it was flat in the parking lot cause it was winter and I wasn't far from the MB shop. They came and plugged it in the snow for free. I was happy about that...
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I've had a bunch in my life, but nothing recently. I have a leak on the right rear on my Mazda6. Believe it or not, but it comes and goes. I took the wheel off the car and completely submerged the wheel and tire and no sign of any leak. I'm taking it to a tire shop tomorrow and let them deal with it.
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Sounds like a bead problem
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Had one in the beginning of the year, that was the first flat tire ever, had a nail stuck in the tire, wasn't repairable, had to pay over $200 for 17" conti's.

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A week ago in my Cayenne S Front left tyre. Charged me 15 dollars to fix.

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Oh, I remember another flat tire story. In 1972, we picked up our first vehicle, a VW camper in Germany. Ended up putting about 12,000 miles on in Europe (100,000+ when we sold the van). The van had Continental tires. 4 out of the original 5 tires all failed with sidewall blowouts. Each was replaced with a new Continental and I never had problems with the new ones. Must have had a bad batch.

One of the flats happened as we were driving in the alps. LUCKILY, it happened just before a little level, wide spot in the road otherwise I'm not sure how we would have gotten that changed.
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When was your last flat tire?

I don't think that I have had one in 20 years. Today's tires are so good...they seem to survive every attack on them. In Bangkok we have to deal with really bad roads and I have yet (in almost 8 years) even seen someone changing a flat.

But, I still keep a can of that inflate&glue stuff in my boot.

Now that I've said it....touch wood.
Both rear wheels gone flat during 2006 Amelia Island Concours Porsche Tour, somewhere on the Navy base.

Plugged the local MB dealer in the NAV, drove down the highway at 50 MPH on the flat tires and had them fixed in about 45 minutes to the tune of $16.05. Got back in time to the end of the Porsche Tour to drink and party.

Only thing that sits in my spare tire well is the air pump. The heavy, stupid spare sits compressed in the garage.

I love RUN FLAT tires!

On the 2005, the second day I had it in the US the right rear went flat. I took it off and put it in the Fiero as I didn't want to risk the car in the rain. MB REFUSED to fix the wheel brought in seperately. I was told, and even with the Tele-Aid people on, that I had to have Roadside assistance come out and put my flat tire back on so I can drive in the rain across the causeway, or to put the minispare on. I would have to risk the car, as the Certificate of Origin and other proof were not sufficient that I owned the car. With Roadside Assistance and 3 different dealers arguing with each other, I said **** IT, and drove to the local goodyear shop and paid $35 to have it fixed.

Moral of the story, don't try to do anything yourself of MB gets their panties in a bunch! Better yet, get RUN FLATs and never have to sit on the side of the road!

NOTE: RUN FLAT tires add a lot of road noise. They also add a hell of a lot of steering feel. The ability to not risk yourself when you get a flat, and the performance savings with lighter weight from no spare more then make up for the added noise.

Do the SLK55 rear wheels fit in the trunk with the partition open?
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Yeah they do, well not all 4 at the same time but I'm working on it.
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The 55 has a mini spare as well.

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My wife got a flat in the SLK a year or so ago while living in Vegas. Because I hate replacing one tire, I replaced them all. Other than that, it's been years.

Thanks Corkscrew. Now we're all going to probably end up with flat tires. There are just some thing you shouldn't talk about. . . .

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Good question. Been riding Michelin's for ~35 years and no blowouts let alone flats. Bought the SLK with Dino Russo's and within 3 months, shredded the left rear. Put PS's on and waiting to put on PS2's.

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Two in the last twenty years. Both in the last 5 months, both in the right rear, both a screw in the tread. In April, in my 2000 Acura TL, and last month in my 2005 SLK. I drove long enough to put a groove in the sidewall both times.
$160 for the Honda Michelin and $250 for the Mercedes Benz Continental to fix.

Im trying to get in the habit of looking at the tires before I get in the car. There might be some merit to this tire monitor technology stuff. I stay on the roadway and check the pressures monthly. Im hoping that Im good for another 20 years. But theres that thing about threes.
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When was your last flat tire?

I don't think that I have had one in 20 years. Today's tires are so good...they seem to survive every attack on them. In Bangkok we have to deal with really bad roads and I have yet (in almost 8 years) even seen someone changing a flat.

But, I still keep a can of that inflate&glue stuff in my boot.

Now that I've said it....touch wood.

Small screw in the grove near the center of the right rear tire. Of course no spare tire in these cars but I got lucky and found it flat in my garage. Pirelli P-zero Roso on AMG 030 wheel. About 8,000 miles on it. Looks like the tread is still good. Wondering if I should replace both rear tires or repair. Are those wheels a problem for tire centers or are they just like normal rims?
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A competent tire shop should be able to repair (unless it is a reallly large bore/diameter screw). The rims shouldn't be a problem, just ask them to be extra careful -- don't scratch the rims.

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Not one since I was 17 (ok, 33 years ago), then
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Are those wheels a problem for tire centers or are they just like normal rims?
Don't assume any tire center won't damage your wheels. Take it to one that has the latest equipment and sells aftermarket wheels. Ask if they can repair/replace your tires with no damage to your wheels.
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