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Last Time You Had a Flat

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At first I was a little uneasy about not having a spare in my Cruze Eco, just the inflator, but when I thought about it, the last time I had a flat on the road where I had to pull off and change it was 1994. Looking at it that way, I guess I feel a little bit better about it.

When was the last time you had a flat where you were stuck on the road and couldn't make to a dealer or any other place to have it fixed and you don't think the Fix-A-Flat would have allowed you to get to help?
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I have been driving for 18 years and have never had a flat that required the use of a spare while driving. I have came out in the morning to find a low tire a few times but nothing a little air and trip to the tire place couldn't fix.

found a nail in my tire once(on the front), so moved the tire to the back and kept driving. Kinda forgot about it till a few months later, the nail was actually wearing at the same rate as the rubber. Ended up putting 20,000miles on that nail.

I used to work all over the Midwest and put thousands of miles on a week, I would say since I started driving I have driven at least a half million miles.
http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/9-ch...ssion-forum/8662-glad-ive-got-spare-tire.html

Happened to my Cruze shortly after getting it.

Had a blow-out once too on another car.

No way I'd drive a car without a spare.
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I've had a handful of slow leaks over the years but only one out and out flat tire. I fixed the flat by reinflating the tire and continued on - it never lost air again so I suspect it was a prank pebble in the valve cap. Since I know that it can take over an hour to get a tow truck even in a large city and several hours to possibly the next day on the open road or in the back country, I installed the GM Spare tire stack in my ECO MT.
Well now you are guaranteed to get one, you never tempt the flat tire gods!
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Last flat I got was caused by an alloy wheel developing a split running length ways in the rim. Thank God I have always carried a spare and always will. No space saver either, waste of time.
With those stupid Presta Valves that came on my new way overpriced bike, tires were near flat every couple of days. Leaving those required adapters sure didn't work a micro sized nut has to be tightened. But still came loose with tire vibrations.

Claim to fame on these things are thinner stems, yeah a lot thinner, 6.5 mm hole as compared to a 7.5 mm hole on good old reliable Scharder valves. Only had to open those holes 0.020" to fit in standard Scharder valves, now the tires hold for weeks.

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Scharder valves were also used on R-12 and R-22 systems, very reliable, inexpensive and even have a tool to change a valve without discharging the system. So what does the EPA do with these very reliable valves? Replaced them with completely unrepairable quick coupler service ports with large neoprene disks that never reseat properly. All in the view to protect the environment.

Yet another well proven reliable fitting was the double flare that was replaced by this positively stupid idiotic bubble flare used in hydraulic brake fittings. First off the bubble flare is less than a quarter of thickness of a double flare using the same cheap ass steel brake tubing, and far more subject to rust and leaks. If you tighten the fitting too much, will distort it and get leaks, not enough, will leak anyway. And that bubble has to be absolutely a perfect sphere.

Only advantage of it I can think of, saves a single manufacturing step, but the **** if you get killed if your brake fluid leaks out.

So help me, I give up, going backwards instead of forwards. With the Cruze with this tire monitoring system, instead of a 75 cent new Scharder valve, now a 40 buck valve for replacement. Instead of three bucks, now 160 bucks. If you don't know your tires are low, should not even be driving. But is the law now, and our idiots in congress view us as idiots as well.
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So why didn't congress pass a law that all gas stations offer free air with an accurate gauge? What good is a tire monitoring system if you can't find air to fill them with? Drove my kid's car once with a low tire, had to stop at a half a dozen gas stations before I could even find one with air. Then I had to get change because it was a half buck per quirt. And no gauge.

Can't even buy a decent air compressor today with all this pure unadulterated crap from China. A friend brought one over because I am suppose to be some kind of electrical genius, but sure not a miracle worker. Stator windings were not even dipped in varnished, completely burned out, stator was out of true, not balanced, and the bearings were nothing short of being a joke. Don't even ask me about the compressor or the tank loaded with rust pockets that was only a little over a year old.

Mine is 48 years old now, yes I had problems with it, a couple of years ago the belt stretched, couldn't adjust it any more. Then a couple of months ago the check valve gave out, removed it, put it in the lathe to get at some fresh rubber, hasn't leaked an ounce since then.

If we had any brains at all, will completely boycott anything from China.
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So why didn't congress pass a law that all gas stations offer free air with an accurate gauge?
why would they? How is it the gas stations problem if you need air in your tires? There are quite a few that offer free air fill ups but really it is up to the company and shouldn't be any business of Congress. You want an accurate gauge you can pick them up at any auto parts store so why should a company have to invest what could be millions of dollars to build and maintain the equipment so you can save $5 on a gauge?
Please tell me where I can get a decent gauge for 5 dollars.. I spent time today looking for a good one.. I'm willing to spend the money for good one, I just can't find a good one.. Of course, for the record, I really didn't look that hard.. So, any recommendations on a good tire gauge, and where I can find one?
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So why didn't congress pass a law that all gas stations offer free air with an accurate gauge? What good is a tire monitoring system if you can't find air to fill them with? Drove my kid's car once with a low tire, had to stop at a half a dozen gas stations before I could even find one with air. Then I had to get change because it was a half buck per quirt. And no gauge.
All US Cruzen have a reasonably accurate TPMS system. Use it for your air pressure gauge.

Can't even buy a decent air compressor today with all this pure unadulterated crap from China.
Look around some and you can find 12v air compressors made in the USA. They just won't be at China Outlets (Walmart).

Please tell me where I can get a decent gauge for 5 dollars.. I spent time today looking for a good one.. I'm willing to spend the money for good one, I just can't find a good one.. Of course, for the record, I really didn't look that hard.. So, any recommendations on a good tire gauge, and where I can find one?
If you have a US spec Cruze, use your TPMS display. Otherwise go to a bicycle shop and pick up a pressure gauge. It will be accurate enough. If you want more accuracy, try Amazon.com: tire pressure guage.
I have been driving for nearly 40 years and maybe have had one flat tire that could not have been repaired with fix a flat. Mostly just slow leaks from screws and nails. No spare in my Eco, and I never give it any thought.

If I ever get a flat that can't be fixed with the goop, I'll just press my Onstar button and deal with it. It wont be the end of the world.

OTOH maybe I am just lucky.
Checking my brain ram, last time I had a flat was in 1980, think that calculates out to 33 years ago. Spare tires in my Supra, 92 DeVille, gone now, or 04 Cavalier with a 120K miles on it, never had the spare tires put on the wheels.

Probably still should make an appointment with my therapist, but still feel my secure having a spare tire.

Been years since I can remember having a real spare tire in a car, was part of the tire rotation scheme. Boat trailer and motorhome are the only vehicles left with a real spare tire.

If a Cruze tire does blow, can only pray I am within 60 miles of a tire place, and during normal business hours. Not much extra, but something. Oh, and my credit card. Just came to me, last vehicle with a real spare was my 93 Bravada.

Yes, I carry a tire pressure gauge in my cars, even have a NTIS, formerly the NBS certified gauge to test gauges against. Some of these Made in China POS are 10 psi off at 30 psi. Still have a supply of Made in the USA US Gauges, they are quiet accurate.

Monitoring system is not bad, either 1 or 2 PSI off, but never quite dead on. Old fashion way when stopped at a rest or gas station, is just to take a quick walking around holding the back of your hand to each tire. If even a bit low, will feel much warmer. Truckers use a hammer and go by the sound, not a new subject with me.
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Please tell me where I can get a decent gauge for 5 dollars.. I spent time today looking for a good one.. I'm willing to spend the money for good one, I just can't find a good one.. Of course, for the record, I really didn't look that hard.. So, any recommendations on a good tire gauge, and where I can find one?
I'd put money on any of the cheap stick type ones you get for a couple of bucks are within 1/4 pound of a $50 pressure gauge. They work exactly the same only one you are paying for a fancy hose and gauge and maybe a bleeder valve. If you feel the need to measure the air in your tires to 1/10 of a pound then yes you will need a very expensive gauge. Try it sometime, you will be surprised how accurate the stick ones are.
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Can't remember when I last had a flat that I couldn't plug on the spot, but it happened to me a little over a week ago. Front tire threw a piece of metal at the rear tire, which put a gash in the tread right at the edge of the tire. I never saw the peice of metal, but I heard it hit my car after the front tire licked it up. No fixing that one.

Sure glad I had a spare tire, as I really needed to be somewhere, and then get somewhere else after that.
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Can't remember when I last had a flat that I couldn't plug on the spot, but it happened to me a little over a week ago. Front tire threw a piece of metal at the rear tire, which put a gash in the tread right at the edge of the tire. I never saw the peice of metal, but I heard it hit my car after the front tire licked it up. No fixing that one.

Sure glad I had a spare tire, as I really needed to be somewhere, and then get somewhere else after that.
i bought a full size spare just in case something like this happens i do not want to trust a tire inflator with slime.
My last "flat" was actually a blow out. I was doing 75 on the interstate. I don't think Fix-A-Flat would have helped :)
My last flat is when I backed into a curb/drain downtown at work when I had my LS. I more than ripped hole in my tire I bent my steelie rim. All around a bad day! Thank goodness I had a spare but that was in my LS.
Never had a flat.

But my supervisor knows i get them once a year. (cough)
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I bought my 2012 LT a few months ago and 2 weeks after I bought it, I got a flat on the top left driver side. I apparently ran over a nail!
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