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Had a flat tyre on the way back home from work. Tubeless tyres are the way to go. 325 bucks blown coz some damn nail on the road decided my tyre looked nice. This is the second puncture and tube change in 2005 I guess. Invariably a puncture results in a tube change since the tube gets easily damaged if you drive for more than 50 metres or so with the punctured tyre. Gaaah.

Also it seems the 165/80 tubeless isn't available, so the dude was recommending we go for the 170/70. Needs to be seen.

What do you do when you have a flat tyre? Change it yourself (like I do) and then head to a mechanic or call for help?

PS : rattle_snake stopped by at the puncture spot to see if things are okay on his way home from work :) Thanks dude!

Edit : Slight correction, its 165/80 and not 30 as I earlier mentioned. Also, the Italian version of the Palio uses Goodyear 175/70 radials...which is what I guess we'll change to. Eventually.

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gotjanx
May. 17th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
Change it yourself. Think changing it yourself with bare hands in about a feet of snow..fun, fun, fun.
fox2mike
May. 18th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
Heh. I'll let you know how much fun it is when it happens :p
mortaine
May. 17th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
I re-inflate the tire and, if it doesn't immediately deflate, drive down to the gas station, where they fix it for me for $10.
fox2mike
May. 18th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
You must be on tubeless tyres then :) That's a big advantage they have...
premkudva
May. 18th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
I always used to change the tyres myself. Worst was while travelling, man the luggage has to be moved from the dicky, and then everything else. Pah! The tyre will be HOT, and then once a villager passing by enquired if I had a "flat tyre", this when the car had one wheel up in the air. I said no! Hee! Hee!

I have tubeless tyres on my car now since a few months back. So far so problems.
fox2mike
May. 18th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
Tell me about the tyre being hot!! That was one of the issues yesterday. I couldn't hold onto the rim with bare hands for more than a few seconds.

And the best part with tubeless, if you have a puncture, you can refill air and continue...and it'll still work if there no air, without damaging the rest of the "assembly" so to speak.
theju
May. 18th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
I change the tyres myself- just two minutes;-) .
fox2mike
May. 18th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
Heh. Unless you have hydraulic jacks and a gun to work the nuts, no way you'll do it in 2 mins :)
theju
May. 18th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
I know was just remembering the ooooooooold days;-)
(Anonymous)
May. 18th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)
Was just passing by;) I use tubeless tires. they are great. But 165/30 tyres? A profile of just 30? Are you sure thats your current size?
Joe.
fox2mike
May. 18th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
I checked and you're right! Its 165/80 :)

Will correct the post. Thanks!
daguru
May. 20th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC)
Change tyres and bunk the gym
fox2mike
May. 20th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
I don't gym anyway....but changing tyres is *good* exercise :)
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