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What a beautiful day for driving my Esprit...

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Woke up this morning, opened the curtains - fantastic clear blue sky. Wife was at work, so thought I'd give my new toy a serious spin. Drove up to the gas station, slammed in a few quid, and drove off...

Bugger. Lurching from side to side, and that familiar rumble. Pulled off the road as best I could, dinking a bloody wheel in the process. N/S/R tyre flat! I debated invoking my breakdown cover, but as I was only a third of a mile from home (and convinced I must have a puncture), I nursed her back. Got out the compressor, inflated the tyre - perfect! No pressure loss. Can't figure this out. I definitely had pressure in that tyre when I was putting gas in, but 3 minutes later it was flat, and the car wasn't out of my sight for even a second.

Sidewall's pretty trashed now, so no playing. Fortunately I was pricing new rears only last night as they're close to the limit. I'm just a tad miffed because I lost a glorious sunny day. :crazy:


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Could it have rimmed out when you left your drive?

Have had this happen on a car of mine when pulling onto a friends drive,

'pop' and the wall is off the rim as the lip of a 2"" kerb caught it a bit funny.

Probably can happen easier with cold hard tyre walls too. More in the realm

of very low profiles mind.

:blush:

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Don't think so. Drive to road is smooth with no lip, and it definitely wasn't flat on the way to the gas station. But I suppose it could have done as you suggested pulling on to the forecourt. I'm more annoyed at losing a nice drive than blowing a tyre!

At least it's forced me to get on with ordering new rear tyres. Looking at Black Circle - don't know what to go for...


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Oh yes, the old "Your car costs too much!" arguement which ends in "Why don't you sell it and get me a nice new Kitchen/Conservatory/car/holiday." :blush:


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Fair comment, Simon - hadn't thought of it that way.

Historically, the missus has stabbed me, split my lip, and laughed like a drain each time I've broken a bone. Maybe I've missed a couple of subtle clues?

New kitchen was part of the Esprit purchase deal, unfortunately. Kitchen units arrive in 3 weeks. And then all the appliances which, by incredible coincidence, she tells me are all in need of replacement! They all worked last time I was in there (maybe a few months now). And she has the front to moan about a couple of tyres.

Since you've collectively convinced me that a) I was very lucky; and b ) it was probably spousal sabotage, maybe I should figure out how to launch a culinary retaliation. :blush: Muhahaha

New tyres will be fitted Wednesday. No doubt it will rain incessantly thereafter.

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New tyres (Toyos) fitted today. Amazed at the change in handling! I've never experienced such an improvement due to tyres alone. Might have something to do with the N/S/R outer sidewall - it was abysmal, and Simon was right - I was verrrry lucky to get away with it.


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Just trashed one of my new tyres today.

I may have done it by clipping a kerb, but doubt it, I'll get the tyre fitter to have a look, if they can get anything back from the supplier I'll be happy.

The side wall was damaged but I didn't realise, I wasn't pushing it hard on the way into work, and it's a very short distance anyway. I was going to take it somewhere and inflate it, see if there was a leak and go from there. Then realised I hadn't got the security wheel nut adapter. Called out the recovery firm (Footman James Classic car policy freebie= great service). In about 30 mins a truck was there. He pumped up the tyre, found the leak, decided it needed a new tyre (side wall damage is a no-brainer). Fitted the space saver I recently bought (never tried it to see it works). Inflated that (oops).

Now I have to wait and find out tomorrow if the tyre place can get a matching tyre for the back, and if they can, find out if it will be here in Norwich before Christmas (or maybe after New Year).

I guess I've done less than 2,000 miles on that tyre, and one track day.

Andy

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