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Bugger.....a puncture

Need to replace a tyre - presently running on Geolanders G900 215/55/17/94V - sadly can't afford to reboot all four corners at present hence the reason for sticking with existing brand. Best price I'm getting is through Black Circle but its still 152.88 fitted locally ***!!!. Could go via Tesco tyres - same route and price, but earns points. Been online but can't get that price down - anyone know of a reputable outlet that might be cheaper? No spare at present so really would like to place an order somewhere today for delivery/fitting during the week
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Have you checked it can't be repaired? Might be if on the main tread, not near the sidewall.

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Buggering a puncture is not illegal, as far as I know and might be an effective repair technique up to a certain PSI but could present problems when trying to move the car,

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Have you checked it can't be repaired? Might be if on the main tread, not near the sidewall.
Nail went through where sidewall joins main tread so may be possible to repair? Wasn't sure if it was simply the head of a short nail stuck into the tread or fully impaled so waited until home, removed nail and yep - it went down
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I'd try the repair option but it may be too close to the edge. You could also look on flea bay to see if a part worn tyre of the same make etc is available?
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Think its going to have be 'bite the bullet' and fork out for a new one See if significant other will treat me to a valentines day present?
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Measure your tread depth and see just how different the new tyre is. You may need to have it shaved to avoid damage to you transmission.

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If it's just one tyre, shouldn't the diff sort out any difference?

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In theory yes, but it will cause a couple of problems. Assuming the tyre is on the front, the front diff will act as if you are constantly slightly turning. This creates wear on the spider gears. More importantly though is the center diff. The front wheel average diameter will be more than the rear wheels, thus making the center diff constantly slip. The fluid in the diff breaks down and then it will no longer work. If the mismatched tyre is on the rear, the same problems will still occur, but on the rear and center diff.

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Had a new one fitted about 6 months ago so tread on that should be pretty comparable with the new one - might move them around. However if what is being said is of a major concern, its probably easier to leave the new one as the spare and pair it with the next replacement.
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