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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-19-2019, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Pondering options for when I get a flat tire.

I did a search, and read through most of the posts. They are all rather old, so I'm starting this thread to get more recent info, and see if some of you have changed your mind. Below are what I'm contemplating. Please add your opinion/experience.
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[1] Spare wheel/tire at home. So if I'm not too far from home, someone can bring it to the scene. This would require a front wheel/tire and a rear wheel/tire. Most expensive option.
[2] Carry a tire plugger kit + air compressor + scissor jack in the car. Hopefully the damage to the tire is pluggable. Please share what brand/model you have.
[3] Carry a fix-a-flat goo bottle. My least favorite option, because I've been told that it creates a mess inside the tire.
[4] Carry the collapsed Porsche tire mounted on a wheel inside the trunk. Not sure about this one, availability may be an issue.

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You'll want to read these threads:

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f95...-elise-448105/

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f91...re-tire-70749/

For me, I never take my Elise too far from home (it's not my road trip car) and I have AAA.

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I keep a rope plug kit in my car with a tire pump that works off of the 12V adapter, thereís still the stock can of fix a flat in my trunk, and I have AAA. If I need one of the spare wheels/tires in my garage, then I either live really close to good roads or Iím not using my car right haha. The first three options are probably all Iíll ever need.
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Our options are pretty much limited in this situation. I have a set of LSS wheels at home so if someone was able to bring me a wheel I have that option. I do carry a can of fix-a-flat for a leaky tire but so far had not have to ever use it. With that said, I do have roadside assistance with my insurance that covers all towing needs. I can't imagine not having it in the event I go for a road trip and just too far for anyone to come bring me a wheel. I don't worry about it as much at this point if it ever happens. ***knock on wood***

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I'm not sure how common flat tires are anymore and given I change my tires out often I'm not overly worried about it. I need a low profile jack to get under the car and I'm not sure I want to mess with that on the side of a road. AAA or similar roadside service is a must, I also have a full set of rims/tires at home and a trailer close to home but I'm guessing my wife doesn't want to hook that up and come get me.
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I also have AAA. Just need to remember to carry the tow hook in the car.
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It really comes down to where and when you drive your car. The last time I had to change to a spare was when I was driving the '92 Celica to work in the early morning (before 7AM) and picked up a drywall screw that had fallen out of a truck of construction debris. It was leaking badly, but got me into the parking lot at work before going flat. I changed the tire for the donut and had it plugged the next day.

If you drive near construction or demolition sites there's definitely a higher probability of getting a flat. In the last 20 years, every time I've needed to plug a tire was caused by a nail or screw.
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I also have AAA. Just need to remember to carry the tow hook in the car.
It fits very nicely into the tool bag.
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AAA alone does not work for most locales. You need the extended towing option!

I always take my compact 12v compressor for road trips. Fits nicely on top of my compact battery. Not for myself but for the other Lotus that are on the drive(s).
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As a sportbike enthusiast, you learn how to deal with roadside tire repairs. I've been caught, more than once, hours from home in the middle of nowhere with a flat from a screw or nail. Putting a temporary plug in with one of those kits is the easy part. Reinflating the tire is the critical part. The CO2 canister things work OK (on motorcycles at least) but my preference is the little 12V compressor that plugs into the cig lighter, or clips to the battery terminals. Slime makes a good one. I even use that little thing to pop the tire bead when changing motorcycle tires! They fill slowly, but surely.

I carry several types of rope-type plugs and a couple of different plugging tools with me in the Elise at all times. I'm pretty confident I can address 99% of the tire punctures I might encounter with some combination of my various tire plugs. Then i can just plug in my compressor, sit back and relax while my tire fills, and be back on the road. I used to carry the fix-a-flat stuff, but don't anymore.

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I bought a small Dynaplug kit off Amazon, and keep it in the boot. I figure it will handle anything I'm likely to encounter.




That said, we also have AAA, and if I did any serious road-tripping that would be my backup. I never considered the fix-a-flat/slime to be a serious option bc tire guys hate it so much.

At one point I thought about the Porsche folding spare, but it just didn't make sense for my driving use case. In fact, in the last 20 years, I think I've used a spare tire exactly once, and that was on my wife's big SUV.

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A good option is tyre pressure monitor. As you might notice when a tyre is going flat, before it gets damaged beyond repair.
The air bag jacks are great
Slime, plug kit, and mini compressor should fix most.

If you rub the sidewall your probably screwed.
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Tire repair kit + air compressor + Fix-a-flat spray tin.

Also I've had mine for 10 years, 230000 km and no flats. I even had a screw in the tire for several days of driving and didn't realize it until I got home. When I removed the screw at home the tire deflated right away.

Initially, I was really concerned about having no spare. Now I don't even think about it.

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For those that say "I have a can of fix-a-flat in the trunk", or "I have the original can of fix-a-flat in the trunk"...be advised...that stuff expires!

It doesn't have a ridiculously-long shelf life.

If you're relying on it, it's worth looking at.

The can in my 2011 was expired...and I doubt most folks are rocking newer cars than mine.

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How long do those Fix-A-Flat sprays last? Mine is 10 years old.
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How long do those Fix-A-Flat sprays last? Mine is 10 years old.
There's an expiration mark on the can. I think it's usually about 2 years.
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The Porsche spare is a 5 lug wheel. No go.

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