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Old 01-24-2008, 08:36 AM   #1
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well today my tire on my truck when all the way flat..so i know i have to do something about it but should i take it to a shop and have it fixxed right or just put some fix a flat init? it has been going down for a couple weeks now and I know the air valve is not to good it sticks open and lets air out but if you beat on it alittle it will close.Im thinking I need to have it fixxed right what about you guys?
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:38 AM   #2
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It's only flat on the bottom.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:39 AM   #3
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:44 AM   #4
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Get it fixed. If you put fix-a-flat in it, then you will still have to get it fixed and you'll piss of the guys who have to repair the tire and deal with that sludge.
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Its only like $5-$20 to fix a tire...well worth it.
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:18 AM   #6
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thanks guys ill get it fixed the right way
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:45 AM   #7
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duct tape worked for me... 5000 miles and still holding!

how old are the tires? Sounds like it had been going flat for a while, if the tires are getting old, you might want to think about just replacing them all. I had a 32" BFG with a slow leak, I had to pump it up about once a week, then it finally blew on me, luckily I wasn't driving it and I was at home so it was easy to change. I was walking by it and pphhhhhhhhssssssss. Crap... Oh well, time for new meats...
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Beleive it or not, lightning blew a hole in a tire of mine one time.

There was an old, no longer used metal waterline that ran under the driveway to an old shed at the house and I was parked over it. Had a really nasty storm come through one night with some bad lightning, had one hit real close, get up in the a.m. and the sidewall was blown clean out of my tire. It followed the line and where the pipe ended in the shed it threw dirt all over my dirtbikes. Craziest lightning story I have ever seen personally.
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If it is just a slow leak somewhere on the tread (not the shrader valve), just pick up a plug kit at the local parts store and fix it yourself.

Either that or get it fixed. Stay away from the slime.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:19 PM   #10
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never ever put fix-a-flat in a tire unless its absolutely necessary. I'm a young mechanic working at a local shop and it sucks, I often charge more if there is fix a flat in the tire. It also makes it very hard for us to put a patch on it because its so slippery. just my .02 from a guy that repairs tires daily
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:08 PM   #11
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Don't use fix-a-flat. You'll eventually end up at the tire shop anyway, and the guys there will like you more and charge you less if there's no slime in the old tire they have to clean up.

I heard another story about a guy getting killed by the fix-a-flat stuff being in someone's tire. He shoved a reamer through the tire and it exploded. The theory was that he made a spark by shoving the reamer through the steel belts of the tire and ignited the flammable aerosol of the fix-a-flat. This might be urban legend type stuff, but the guy who told me swore it was a true story...
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thanks robb I picked up a plug kit and fixed it myself
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Not a problem. Some may call me weird, but I carry a plug kit in all my vehicles. My tires tend to attract screws and nails. I have been driving my company Magnum for only 13 months now, and have already plugged three holes. As as time/money savings thing, they are great to have when you need them.
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Lee, you could try try a new valve or give it a little wd40 if it's just sticking.
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Not a problem. Some may call me weird, but I carry a plug kit in all my vehicles. My tires tend to attract screws and nails.
I think Ill keep them in my truck I hate the though of been stuck out some where with a flat or out of gas..
stormin thanks I put a new valve stem in
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