If I Didn't Have Bad Luck...

How does the saying go? If I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have
any luck at all?
Here's the story.
Just about a month ago, while driving my GT, I started hearing this
whack whack, whack, whack... I quickly stopped the car to take a
look. I didn't see anything, so I started again, slowly. The noise
started again, so I stopped the car again. Upon closer inspection I
noticed a bent thick-gauge wire stuck in my rear tire. I nipped off
the excess, and because my car has the optional 19" wheels/Brembo
brakes, I used the supply of fix-a-flat that comes with the car (no
spare is supplied when you get the Brembo package). I then drive my
car to my local Ford dealer to get the tire repaired. The good news:
The tire was punctured in the fixable tread area. The bad news: Once
you use fix-a-flat the tire sensor in the tire is ruined. Tire sensor
replacement cost? 80 bucks. Ouch! Okay, but at least it saved me
the price of a tow, and the tire was able to be fixed. Whew!
Fast forward 30 days. This morning I start to pull the car out of the
garage. I'm thinking why does the car feel so strange? Like the
emergency brake is on. As I get to the end of the driveway I look at
my gauges. "Low tire pressure" is illuminated. I stop and look at my
tires. Yep, the driver's side rear tire is flat. Damn! I pull the
tire off and take it to my local Ford dealer again. At least this
time I won't have to buy a replacement tire sensor. The Ford tech
leaves me to inspect the tire. He returns a few minutes later. "Bad
news: The nail we found in your tire hit the tread area, but,
unfortunately, it's too close to the sidewall of the tire. So we can't
warranty the repair = we're not allowed to fix it".
Now the more bad news: OEM tire replacement cost = $392.56, from the
Tire Rack (includes shipping). So now I'll have one brand new tire
and three others with 12,000 miles (and one with a plug in it.)
Here's my plan. When it comes time to replace my other three tires
I'll replace all of them. And I'll save the tire I just replaced and
keep it for a spare, just in case. At least right now that's the
plan.
Reply to
patrick.mckenzie84
In article ,
> How does the saying go? If I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have > any luck at all? > > Here's the story. > > Just about a month ago, while driving my GT, I started hearing this > whack whack, whack, whack... I quickly stopped the car to take a > look. I didn't see anything, so I started again, slowly. The noise > started again, so I stopped the car again. Upon closer inspection I > noticed a bent thick-gauge wire stuck in my rear tire. I nipped off > the excess, and because my car has the optional 19" wheels/Brembo > brakes, I used the supply of fix-a-flat that comes with the car (no > spare is supplied when you get the Brembo package). I then drive my > car to my local Ford dealer to get the tire repaired. The good news: > The tire was punctured in the fixable tread area. The bad news: Once > you use fix-a-flat the tire sensor in the tire is ruined. Tire sensor > replacement cost? 80 bucks. Ouch! Okay, but at least it saved me > the price of a tow, and the tire was able to be fixed. Whew! > > Fast forward 30 days. This morning I start to pull the car out of the > garage. I'm thinking why does the car feel so strange? Like the > emergency brake is on. As I get to the end of the driveway I look at > my gauges. "Low tire pressure" is illuminated. I stop and look at my > tires. Yep, the driver's side rear tire is flat. Damn! I pull the > tire off and take it to my local Ford dealer again. At least this > time I won't have to buy a replacement tire sensor. The Ford tech > leaves me to inspect the tire. He returns a few minutes later. "Bad > news: The nail we found in your tire hit the tread area, but, > unfortunately, it's too close to the sidewall of the tire. So we can't > warranty the repair = we're not allowed to fix it". > > Now the more bad news: OEM tire replacement cost = $392.56, from the > Tire Rack (includes shipping). So now I'll have one brand new tire > and three others with 12,000 miles (and one with a plug in it.) > > Here's my plan. When it comes time to replace my other three tires > I'll replace all of them. And I'll save the tire I just replaced and > keep it for a spare, just in case. At least right now that's the > plan.
Reply to
twk
> Here's my plan. When it comes time to replace my other three tires > I'll replace all of them. And I'll save the tire I just replaced and > keep it for a spare, just in case. At least right now that's the > plan.
Reply to
Brent
> How does the saying go? If I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have > any luck at all? > > Here's the story. > > Just about a month ago, while driving my GT, I started hearing this > whack whack, whack, whack... I quickly stopped the car to take a > look. I didn't see anything, so I started again, slowly. The noise > started again, so I stopped the car again. Upon closer inspection I > noticed a bent thick-gauge wire stuck in my rear tire. I nipped off > the excess, and because my car has the optional 19" wheels/Brembo > brakes, I used the supply of fix-a-flat that comes with the car (no > spare is supplied when you get the Brembo package). I then drive my > car to my local Ford dealer to get the tire repaired. The good news: > The tire was punctured in the fixable tread area. The bad news: Once > you use fix-a-flat the tire sensor in the tire is ruined. Tire sensor > replacement cost? 80 bucks. Ouch! Okay, but at least it saved me > the price of a tow, and the tire was able to be fixed. Whew! > > Fast forward 30 days. This morning I start to pull the car out of the > garage. I'm thinking why does the car feel so strange? Like the > emergency brake is on. As I get to the end of the driveway I look at > my gauges. "Low tire pressure" is illuminated. I stop and look at my > tires. Yep, the driver's side rear tire is flat. Damn! I pull the > tire off and take it to my local Ford dealer again. At least this > time I won't have to buy a replacement tire sensor. The Ford tech > leaves me to inspect the tire. He returns a few minutes later. "Bad > news: The nail we found in your tire hit the tread area, but, > unfortunately, it's too close to the sidewall of the tire. So we can't > warranty the repair = we're not allowed to fix it". > > Now the more bad news: OEM tire replacement cost = $392.56, from the > Tire Rack (includes shipping). So now I'll have one brand new tire > and three others with 12,000 miles (and one with a plug in it.) > > Here's my plan. When it comes time to replace my other three tires > I'll replace all of them. And I'll save the tire I just replaced and > keep it for a spare, just in case. At least right now that's the > plan.
Reply to
NotMe
The TRX wheels with metric Michelin tires are a real pain. I checked on prices for the tires from a few sources and they're around $380 per tire. I have the TRX wheels and tires on my 84 Capri, and there's enough tread left for occasional local drives. I'm still looking for a nice set of 4-bolt rims that use conventional tires.
Dick
Reply to
Dickr
> How does the saying go? If I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have > any luck at all? > >snip story > Now the more bad news: OEM tire replacement cost = $392.56, from the > Tire Rack (includes shipping). So now I'll have one brand new tire > and three others with 12,000 miles (and one with a plug in it.) > > Here's my plan. When it comes time to replace my other three tires > I'll replace all of them. And I'll save the tire I just replaced and > keep it for a spare, just in case. At least right now that's the > plan.
Reply to
dwight
That's the cost we pay for demanding more and more capabilities, sophistication, etc.
I hope not! Usually, I get nearly 30,000 on a set and here in FL with more highway driving 30,000 + is the norm... for me.
Trust me, dude, I'm thinking about it. :-)
My first Gatorback replacements of my old '87 LX, around 1989 were 150 a pop. I nearly had a stroke.
I'll think about cheaper replacements next time, and I'm hoping for a price reduction by then -- like the suitable, less-expensive replacements that came into the market for my old LX and Cobra .
Patrick
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patrick.mckenzie84

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