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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Thousand dollar needlenose pliers in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Yesterday I had just left home when I hit something with my left front wheel -- heard it bounce once ...
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    Thousand dollar needlenose pliers

    Yesterday I had just left home when I hit something with my left front wheel -- heard it bounce once under my seat, and then almost instantly got the message that the left rear tire was low -- made it back into the garage and used the truck to run my errands. Stopped along the road where it happened and found a pair of neddlenose pliers that had obviously put a hole in the tire. Spent last night checking replacement tire prices and hoped that just maybe the tire could be fixed.

    This morning I took the tire off the car -- surprise! In addition to damage to the tire, the wheel has a hole punched through the inside -- the pliers must have penetrated to a depth of about an inch and a half because the hole is almost 3/8ths of an inch in diameter.

    So far haven't found a replacement wheel on line (satin graphite, 19x9.5). Tire Rack has the tire at $464 and a local place has the PS2 for $511 out the door (mount, balance, tax, etc). Will call Luke at Lindsay Cadillac (where I got the parts to fix my headlight washer) on Monday morning to see what his price on a wheel will be.... Or anyone have a lead on a replacement wheel at a non-dealer price?

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    Looks like that little pair of pliers will cost me more than a thousand dollars when all is said and done. And the tire had only about 6K miles on it -- no road hazard warranty on the car as far as I can find.

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    That sucks! Never heard of a rim being punctured.
    EBay has 19X9.5 satin black rim (new) for $425.00
    Doesn't include center cap or lugs. It says that they are genuine GM wheels (part #19257475).
    Seemed like a fair price. Good luck!

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    Re: Thousand dollar needlenose pliers

    vfaninva:

    Thanks -- hadn't spotted that one because the listing only was under 19x9, but reading down it seems that Abernathy does have wheels in stock for both front and rear (that is, the 19x9.5). I will give them a call on Monday to make sure that they have the rears available.

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    Glad to help!
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    Re: Thousand dollar needlenose pliers

    My condolences.

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    Wonder if insurance under (comprehensive) would cover lose ?

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    Re: Thousand dollar needlenose pliers

    Blakester:

    I carry a $1000 deductible on my policies, so would not be covered anyway.

    I found the best deal on a tire at $511 plus a few pennies, and after a lot of online shopping, found the wheel at $356 via GMPartsDirect. Ebay had it at $425 and Amazon a bit less than that. Will order the tire on Monday and then just wait for the wheel to get here. Hopefully the TP sensor will transfer from the old wheel, otherwise that will probably add another $40 to the till.

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    Re: Thousand dollar needlenose pliers

    I had a spark plug penetrate and destroy a tire on a suburban once...but the wheel was OK.

    Keep those pliers. They are almost as expensive as the ones that the US government buys with taxpayer $$......

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    Re: Thousand dollar needlenose pliers

    Quote Originally Posted by sierrabenz View Post
    I found the best deal on a tire at $511 plus a few pennies, and after a lot of online shopping, found the wheel at $356 via GMPartsDirect. Ebay had it at $425 and Amazon a bit less than that. Will order the tire on Monday and then just wait for the wheel to get here. Hopefully the TP sensor will transfer from the old wheel, otherwise that will probably add another $40 to the till.
    Did that wheel GMPartsDirect price include shipping? I've found their shipping charges in the past to be way out-of-line IMO.

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    Their shipping charges are INSANE. And just ask one of their reps. They'll tell you straight out that's where their money comes from.

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    Re: Thousand dollar needlenose pliers

    That sucks, hope you get it fixed for the right price.

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    The tire/wheel insurance the dealers sell are well worth it.

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    Several years ago when I had my Acura RL I had parked and my wheels were turned. As I got out of the car I saw this circular metallic object embedded in the treads. About the size of a quarter. I couldn't pull it out with my fingers and couldn't pull it out with pliers when I had gotten home. The tires were brand new, had gotten them about three weeks earlier so I went to Discount Tires where I had bought them.

    I knew something was up when the tech broke down the wheel and then called the other techs over and they were all standing in a circle looking down at it.

    They come back and call me and show me what it was. It was a CO2 cartridge that impaled the tire. Fortunately hadn't damaged the wheel, but the tire was toast. The width of the cartridge stretched and damaged the belts and tread.

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    I feel your pain op this just happened right now. Waiting on a tow. It is touching the wheel too.
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