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Old 01-02-2013, 04:52 PM   #41
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Discussion on flats by the "Car Talk" guys Tom and Ray.

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:13 PM   #42
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I've never had the wheel stuck to the hub, but driving with loose lugnuts isn't something I'd recommend or even try. ........
My Escape's aluminum wheels would really bond onto the hubs. Finally I removed them, hit them with a wire brush and anti-seize compound. That stuff works great. Now when I rotate them, they just pop right off. I just about broke my foot kicking them loose in the past.

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It's true that most insurance companies will reimburse the policy holder for roadside service or towing.

However, around here the towing companies, even the large reputable companies, demand cash on the spot. No credit cards. I expect that's true in most rural areas.

So, if you plan for your insurance company to reimburse you later, you will need to have at least $100 cash on hand when the tow truck arrives.
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Okay...pretty much still a new year, so I thought time for New Year Resolutions. Among them, to re-stock my car emergency kit. Which included a new racheting wrench to remove lug nuts in case I get a flat. Well, before packing wrench away I think, I probably should try it out to make sure I can remove lug nuts. Well, for my car, no go. Since then I've tried using the regular lug nut remover that came with the car, an impact wrench that I already have a battery for and today, even the Gorilla Power Wrench that has many 5 star reviews at Amazon. Still no go.

After looking up what's the deal. I find that a common situation is car shops over tighten tires with air impact wrenches.

I'm not saying it's impossible to remove over tightened lug nuts manually, but surely doesn't seem easy. So, I'm now thinking of two options. 1) hang on to my AAA roadside assistance (geek) card or 2) get this beast of an impact wrench as shown on youtube...

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Archimedes says a long pipe that fits over the wrench and you employ as a long lever will either loosen the lugnut or break the wrench.
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I bought one of these about 10 years ago for DW.
It has mixed reviews on Amazon, but she has used it twice and it worked like a charm both times.

EZ Lug Lugnut Wrench
32:1 reduction ratio allows the tool to do all the work
Double socket design delivers the most leverage to loosen the tightest lug nut
Adjustable leverage set is compatable with most vehicles
Heavy-duty cast aluminum contruction
3-inch extension kit can be used for custom wheels and extended hubs
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You've never had a flat? Please send me six lottery numbers between 1 and 55.
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2. A tire "plug" kit... about $5. Good if you can determine where the leak is. For use on the steel tread, not the sidewalls. Best to watch a video to see how to insert the plug.
Tire plug kits have worked very well for me. I carry a plug kit , a small 12v air pump, and a few select hand tools, in all my vechicles. I've plugged several punctures in the past 20 years without taking the tire off the car. Sometimes the hardest part is finding the nail in the tire!

Of course another option is to buy run-flats which would allow you to drive the car to a tire repair shop on zero air pressure. I have them on one of my cars. Matter of fact, I had a flat (zero air pressue) on one of my run flats about a month ago and I fixed it using a plug kit when I got home. Worked great!
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After looking up what's the deal. I find that a common situation is car shops over tighten tires with air impact wrenches.
Some years back they broke several of the bolts off. I started doing my own tire rotation after that.

Based on some reviews on some automotive forums, this supposedly is one of the best plug kits.

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I guess the common theme is there are so many different options to use because there is not guarantee that the lug nut remover from the original car may not work
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This is my plan B. Since I've never got a flat, to keep my luck going
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I can't remember the last time I had a flat requiring me to change the tire. The last one I had I was at a restaurant out of town, but the tire was not completely deflated. I limped in to a tire shop not far away.

I'm pretty sure I could change a flat, just not sure I could get the spare from underneath my Trailblazer.
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I usually use an "x" wrench. If I need more leverage then a pipe over the "x" wrench like in the video does the trick. If that fails, then AAA.
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