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#4511458 - 09/09/17 10:44 AM How far have you driven on a flat tire ?
andyd Offline


Registered: 09/25/04
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Loc: Marshfield , MA
MDW once drove our '66 bug 40 miles with a blown rear tire. Ive driven 10 miles or better on a flat. MDW has strict orders to drive the car to a place of safety before dealing with it. Call me or AAA from a safe place. Flats are no big deal provided you're not doing it in the break down lane or sticking out on a curve. I've seen plenty of flats within a mile or 2 of the next exit , often with a gas station. or at least a place to park.
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#4511463 - 09/09/17 10:48 AM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: andyd]
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10146
Loc: OH
My dad was driving on the hwy when he heard a thump, thump noise. Pulls off at the next exit and into a parking lot where a restaurant was under construction. A construction worker comes out and changes his tire for him. Very nice guy.

I remember driving on the hwy when I ran over a small rubber strap that has two metal hooks on each end. I think they hold down trailer tarps on big rigs. The hook went into the tire and was clanking around in the wheel well. I pulled off immediately, an exit was close by. The tire was losing air fast and still hissing. Within seconds, completely flat. Changed the tire and drove a mile to fill up the spare. Had a used tire(Turanza) mounted at one of those inner city places.


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#4511493 - 09/09/17 11:40 AM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: andyd]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10101
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I haven't driven a car with a flat tire, but I did ride my quad with a flat rear tire about 5 miles, it had a nail in it.

I had a tire plug kit but lost the plugs, only had the tools. I rolled up some black Gorilla tape and made a plug and it held like that for 5 years.

This is a good question for GHT, or now currently "plaguef" on here.
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#4511503 - 09/09/17 12:01 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: andyd]
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Long enough to pull over and change it
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#4511507 - 09/09/17 12:11 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: andyd]
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8736
Loc: Phoenix
I'm not stopping anywhere unsafe or on the side of the road/freeway. A few years ago I got rear ended and pushed into another car because a woman decided to stop in the middle of the freeway for a flat tire.

I see people on the side of the highway changing tires with people flying by at 70, they're crazy!

Besides with TPMS and regular maintenance, a flat while driving should be pretty much non-existent.
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#4511515 - 09/09/17 12:24 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: andyd]
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Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 464
Loc: texas
I was always concerned that the tire would come apart and ruin the rim or flop around and scratch up the paint

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#4511517 - 09/09/17 12:29 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: andyd]
L_Sludger Offline


Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 3947
Loc: Ohio
MDW? Does that refer to your wife? Just call her your wife. These acronyms are a disservice to anyone who reads them.
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#4511521 - 09/09/17 12:32 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: andyd]
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 3537
Loc: New England
3 miles in near flat tire not realizing it. I nearly cooked the LSD on my WRX as it started clunking.

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#4511528 - 09/09/17 12:37 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: L_Sludger]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 7094
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: L_Sludger
MDW? Does that refer to your wife? Just call her your wife. These acronyms are a disservice to anyone who reads them.


+1...MDW means Memorial Day Weekend to me...and most of the internet.

My Dear Wife? Miss Daisy Wilcox? Mud Daily Wahoo?


I've also driven far enough to a safe place to change it - still had air in it when I stopped.
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#4511536 - 09/09/17 12:46 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: andyd]
Tdbo Offline


Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 3225
Loc: Ohio
Far enough to get to a safe spot to change it.
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#4511537 - 09/09/17 12:53 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: Tdbo]
ammolab Offline


Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 996
Loc: Ruidoso, NM USA
Originally Posted By: Tdbo
Far enough to get to a safe spot to change it.


Same here. Old enough to know how to change a flat.

"Not safe to stop and change", so keep going? How safe is it to drive @ 10mph on the shoulder of the highway with a disintegrated tire while drivers distracted by your spectacle wiz by?
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#4511546 - 09/09/17 01:05 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: ammolab]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10101
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Originally Posted By: ammolab
Originally Posted By: Tdbo
Far enough to get to a safe spot to change it.


Same here. Old enough to know how to change a flat.

"Not safe to stop and change", so keep going? How safe is it to drive @ 10mph on the shoulder of the highway with a disintegrated tire while drivers distracted by your spectacle wiz by?
A lot safer to drive slow on the shoulder to get off the freeway for 30 seconds than to sit on the side of the freeway for 30 minutes changing it.

I don't care what a new wheel costs for my car, if I have a flat, I'm driving on it flat to get to somewhere safe to change it.
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#4511582 - 09/09/17 02:02 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: andyd]
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Registered: 05/20/13
Posts: 1810
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
However far I had to, to safely change the tire. It's always a good idea to pull over immediately and have a look to assess whether you want to drive on the carcass; sometimes it's just out of shape to the point where it's not a good idea to continue.

You need to go slow, even though it thumps and rides rougher, because it's heat you are trying to avoid.

Now, if I was driving a vehicle with valuable alloy wheels, I'd probably limit the driving much more than if I was running steel wheels, which are cheap to replace. Also a rough tire can cause damage to the inside of the wheel well, so make sure that's not happening.
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#4511602 - 09/09/17 02:31 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: andyd]
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Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32632
Loc: ME
About 10 miles. Picked up a nail in LR, then went on a highway on-ramp and it felt squirrely. Was my 92 cutlass ciera which didn't transmit a whole lot of goings-on to the driver. Considered my possibilities then figured I should get off on the next exit and check things out, do a walk-around at a Cumberland Farms. Totally flat, but not smoking or anything. Unmounted tire was full of dust. My spare tire was flat-ish but someone just put quarters in the air machine so I ran right over after he finished. Sam's Club got me another under road hazard for like $12. Mint!

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#4511604 - 09/09/17 02:33 PM Re: How far have you driven on a flat tire ? [Re: andyd]
SubieRubyRoo Offline


Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 1125
Loc: Winchester, Indiana
My flat tire made it all the way to the scene of the crash. I don't know if that's impressive or not.

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