Two questions

I have an 2004 A4q 1.8T with the Sport package performance tires 235 45/R17s. I have ~ 4,100 km on the vehicle with moderate driving, 800 km/mo.
1. I had a puncture which I drove on for about 1km to the tire shop at
slow speeds. The tire was not deflated but was running about 1/2 down on the sidewalls when I got to the shop. I can see some slight abrasion on the sidewall but nothing to alarming.
Should this tire still be good?
2. I have been having problems since day 1 with AM reception (and have posted here about this bug) and learned something interesting this week. I was on a ferry and listening to the FM radio, reception was OK but when I got off and switched to AM, the reception was terrible. I was listening to stations with transmitters about 30 km distant. The reception in the past has been good (other than the some times crappy reception). As I got closer to the transmitters, reception was not improving. Then a light went on: I 'rebooted' the car and reception was back to 'normal'. It would appear that the initial crappy reception experienced on the ferry 'set' the radio and only a reboot improved it. I guess there is some MS code in the radio.
The question is: has anyone else experienced this change in reception via a reboot?
TIA
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Cam, Provided that "slow speeds" were actually slow, and the sidewalls did not heat up, and you didn't hit any potholes/raised manhole covers/fresh roadkills/etc., chances are that the tire is still good. After they fix the tire (I've had more than my share of puncture fixes as I drive on construction sites regularly - even 2 "unrepairable" tires fixed by Frank's Tire in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) - check it out before they put it back on the car - run your hand along both sidewalls to see if you can feel any deformed bands ("wrinkles" in the sidewall) - if there aren't any, then take the car out for a spin - after they remount the tire ;-) - and see if you hear any new noises or feel any vibration from the tires. If you do, then at fairly low speeds in a deserted parking lot, load the wheel (easiest with a front tire) in a turn to see if the sound increases. I have a set of Dunlops with a couple broken bands - thanks to the many potholes/raised manhole covers/chunks of scrap steel/....etc. around Hamilton - they were noisy and vibrated a whole lot, but were otherwise servicable tires until they wore the tread out. Sorry I can't help you on the Windoze radio you have in your car - it must be XP, all I have is 3.1 Remember to close all windows before you exit......... Cheers! Steve Sears 1987 Audi 5kTQ - the AM works on my v3.1 radio 1980 Audi 5k - the AM works on my DOS radio 1962 and '64 Auto Union DKW Junior deLuxes - the AM works on my UNIVAC radio (SPAM Blocker NOTE: Remove SHOES to reply)

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On Fri, 27 Aug 2004 14:59:20 -0400, "Steve Sears"

I have had the car up to hiway speeds twice and no odd feel and the sidewalls look OK. When the tire was soft I went no more than about 20 km/hr with no bumps on the road. I checked the feel of the sidewall found nothing unusual. I think I got away with it.
Thanks

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"Cam Newton" wrote

Sorry. My light must still be out - what do you mean by "'rebooted' the car"? Turned it off and back on?
Cheers,
Pete
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wrote:

Reboot = restart.
It is not a car but an assembly of sub-assemblies. The radio computer seemed to be the problem.
The car does other interesting but not bad things when it 'thinks' it knows. For instance, I demo'd the headlight washers which AFAIK only function when the front fogs are on. Later, after I re-set the lights to Auto (no fogs) and hit the front window washer, the headlights got a shot too. I tried it a second time, a few seconds later and they got another shot. This did not occur during the same driving sequence. So the car thought I wanted the headlights cleaned too. This only occurred one time, oddly. So the car does seem to think or remember the last time I did something and repeated the action. I can hardly wait for winter when new and interesting behaviours will be revealed.
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