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By C Tewksbury
By Esther from Plainfield, Ohio
Don't let tire sales people sell you on fancy rims or more tire than you need. If you only plan on having your car for a year, you don't need a top of the line tire.
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This past month, 2 of 3 cars had nails in the tires. After further investigating, the nails were right in front of our home! It must have been from the home nearby that is doing home construction.
Fast forward, this was a big inconvenience as we were out of a car for a week since it was not safe to drive as well as time spent to repair these tires.
Now, I spend a few seconds to inspect the street in front of our home before reversing to ensure there are no nails. Running into nails is inevitable but, had we not had hazard tire insurance we'd be out $100-150 for a new tire, not to mention time.
When you get home from the evening, you can take a stroll in your street/neighbor to ensure there are no nails. If you ever find nails, properly dispose of them so no one else will run over the nail.
Also, if you see a neighbor or nearby home getting their roof done or doing any construction (probably why we had nails in-front of our home), try to take a different route if possible).
Lastly, about once a week. Try to inspect all of your tires to make sure they're nail-free and have air pressure, especially if you have far commutes (and if your car does not have tire pressure monitor to indicate if you have a flat or not).
Source: Personal Experience
I learned my lesson the hard way. Don't use the metal valve caps on your tires. It can end up costing you a lot of money!
I had a low tire and went to air it up. My valve caps were the fancy metal ones with a chrome finish on the outside. I could not get the valve cap off. So, I drove on my low tire to the tire shop a few blocks away. They also could not get it off. In order to repair my tire (I had a nail in it), they had to force it off, and that damaged the valve stem. With most cars made after 2000, the low tire sensors are in the valve stems. So, that damaged my sensor. I ended up having to get a new tire and new sensor and it was not cheap.
The tire shop told me that they see a lot of metal valve caps that corrode during the winter due to the salt on the roads. When I got home, my husband checked my other tires, and two of those were difficult to get off. The insides of the caps were a green color and had a build up in them. The next day he said something to a mechanic where he works, and the mechanic said that was a common problem with the metal caps, especially during the winter when exposed to salt or other ice melting chemicals on the roadway.
It's not the best news that you've heard when your auto mechanic tells you to replace your car's tires. It's essential, and it's a several hundred dollars investment. Is there a way to save on the new tires?
This is a page about buying blemished tires. Great tips for when you are in the market for new tires but don't care about a scuff or two.