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Sometimes I wonder if there's some kind of law that flat tires must happen in bad weather (or on a Sunday night in the middle of nowhere). But really, I've only had 2 flat tires in bad weather (and one on a Sunday night in the middle of nowhere, though a helpful state trooper did show up while I was trying to remember how the jack works). But when I say bad weather, I mean REALLY bad weather. Ice storm or below-zero windchill.

Anyhow, one of the bad weather flat tires was today on the way to work. I thought, I'm not dealing with htis today. I just kept driving, but rerouted myself to the nearby Tires Plus, dropped it off and took the bus to work (and walked partway). Brr.

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theophania_79
Feb. 8th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
dumb flat tires :(
ua_dubhne
Feb. 8th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Coldness makes the rubber more brittle, then it reduces the pressure of the air inside. Low air pressure means the tire flexes more as it rotates, increasing stress. Thus more blowouts in cold weather. Solution? Check your air pressure frequently, and add air as temperature drops.
grenacia
Feb. 8th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Very sensible, yes.
perruche_verte
Feb. 8th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Aw, poor sweetie!

I walked to the bus stop today, as opposed to biking it. The weather has been fine for biking, but it's the season for studded tires.
dj_lefreak
Feb. 9th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
I think that "on the way to work" might be part of the rule as well. About a month ago I was heading to my van so that I could go to work and there was my front passenger-side wheel, completely flat. Of course the job I was going to was a delivery job so I couldn't much take the bus. I would up getting all four tires replaced. Just to be on the safe side.
eatsoylentgreen
Feb. 9th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
I had a flat or two one cold winter, the car repair guy told me that aluminum tire rims like to lose adhesion when it's really cold.
stonescorpion
Feb. 13th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
icky tires...
It's Murphy Law. I think it falls into:
Self Starters WON'T
Leak Proof Seals WILL

and my personal favorites:

Never play LeapFrog with a Unicorn
and
A Smith and Wesson beats 4 Aces.

Sorry about the car, had the same problem myself recently.

later
Scorp
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