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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:03 pm 
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I did a good deed an ran a pal to the station. Like all good deeds it did not go unpunished in that as I got his bags out the boot I could hear an air escaping noise. FFS, a puncture. I have not had a puncture since 1994. I have a small compressor on board so I rig that up hoping to get enough air in to get home but it was next to useless and I cannot get it to reinflate.

So I resolve to change the wheel and this is where I find I have a spacesaver wheel. On top of this I am missing the tyre leaver and I am hunting for that. On closer inspection I see that it is a clever fold out device clipped into the jack and it is a really good design. It gives great leverage and I undo the bolts, and the security one with ease. I was expecting the rim to be welded to the hub but it falls off easily. Christ the wheel is massive and I hump it into the boot. The spacesaver looks like a pole mint by comparison and it does not inspire confidence. Off I go at 30 miles an hour and make my way slowly for the 8 miles to the tyre place I use. Fortunately I only have one car behind who refuses to overtake when I hand signal so I leave it and carry on.

When I get to the tyre place, I know them well from my car trading days, it is all sorted in 20 minutes and they are so good that the lad replaced all the jack and stuff correctly in the boot with the spacesaver tyre. They were not even going to charge me so I put a tenner in the staff box, great service.

Thinking back to yesterday we went to the dump to get rid of a load of waste from my cloakroom project and I bet I picked up the screw there. It lasted until the head wore off and allowed the air past. Lazy council workers should be getting the broom pushed around rather than standing around gassing.

That has been my day messed up but all is good now.

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I find the tire places seem to have pretty good customer service here too - I recently called in for a slow puncture repair, left it with them while we had lunch and returned to find it was only a loose valve - no charge, all tires pressure checked just to be sure etc.

Mind you I did spend £600 getting a full set of new tires from them a couple of months ago..... maybe they remembered me!

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Yes, I guess that is it. I always get my tyres from them and goodwill like that means that you keep going back to them and you send people there too.

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As for your space saver spare..... you want to try lugging a full sized spare for a Jeep around :lol: I always carry a cannister of instant puncture repair with me - the thought of having to change these monster wheels at the road side fills me with dread.

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Yes, I guess that is it. I always get my tyres from them and goodwill like that means that you keep going back to them and you send people there too.

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I just read that as "I always get my tyres from Goodwill"
I'm becoming Americanised! :shock:

I carry a can of tyre gloop as well k-e. It might make a new tyre a pain to fit, but it's not as painful (to me anyway) as being stuck in some muddy lane, in the dark, changing a wheel. All very well getting the roadside assistance out, but you don't always want to wait.


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Junior borrowed his mum's Fiesta and got a puncture, I had it already booked in for 3 tyres a couple of days later but junior had managed to take out the only good tyre too, big chunk out of sidewall so 3 tyres became 4

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That is sods law at its best VI :cussing:

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