2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Screw in my tire gripe,stupidity and DIY issues... in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Well, V has about 2k miles and a co-worker pointed out that I had a screw in a rear tire ...
Screw in my tire gripe,stupidity and DIY issues...
Well, V has about 2k miles and a co-worker pointed out that I had a screw in a rear tire last week - wonder how long it has been there. About 1" from the outer edge, so a questionable patch.
Figuring run-flats are good for 50 miles, which is 2.5 round trips to work, figure I'll get around to it sometime within the week. There is a Goodyear dealer within walking distance from work, so what is the worst that could happen?
So after 2.5 trips I give up and drive the car to the Goodyear place. Explain the situation to the nice caring shop guy, who follows me and looks at the tire, then ponders if the screw really perforated since the PSI is still at about 27.
Proceeds to poke at the screw, then goes back to the shop to get a bigger thing to poke at the screw with (and a soaped swab). Announces that, by gosh, look at all the air coming out now, see it DID perforate!
And still bent over the tire looks at me and says "but you know we can't help you here because our machine doesn't take your rims". You need to find another place.
???? WTF is wrong with these folks?
Anyway, it is a cool feeling to have a car with run flats, so decide to go home and use my truck instead, will drop off the tire off somewhere over the weekend.
I knew I had no spare, but no jack or lug wrench? That's been normal with my other no-spare vehicles.
So I jack the car and start removing the nuts... jaw drops as the nuts appear to have 5lbs or less of torque, until I notice that hey are caps! Sheesh, had me going there!
Could not find a reassuring place for a jack-stand though, left one somewhere just off center just in case but no apparent friendly place for one in the rear axle area. Any suggestions? I probably won't get the tire back for another day or two.
Oh well, sorry for the rambling post, no real point other than a) Surprise at the Goodyear guy, b) Surprise at the cosmetic caps and c) Surprise at no visible place for a stand. <g>
Re: Screw in my tire gripe,stupidity and DIY issues...
I find that all tire guys inflate tires to high pressure like that - they say it is supposed to make the ride better. When I picked up my new V, the tire pressure alarms were all going off because the tires were overinflated. And when the wheel weights must be stuck to the inside of the rim (instead of clipped on like on most wheels), they tend to fall off easily. I am thrilled my factory weights have stayed on this long. On my other car, the stick on weights tend to last no more than 1 year ...