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post #5 of (permalink) Old 12-11-2016, 08:18 AM
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Car Year: 2015
Car Model: Forester
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Originally Posted by JoeU View Post
Oh, and one more question. Is 10-15 blocks at slow speed really too far to drive on a flat tire? To ruin it and make it unpatchable? Are tires more sensitive than in the old days? I've driven with a flat to the nearest highway exit, off the ramp, to a gas station, in the past. (It was snowing hard and I REALLY didn't want to change it on the side of the highway).
@JoeU ,

Thanks for posting. We all learn from questions. Other folks will probably have definitive answers.

My guesses in response to your questions:
  • If the tire was very flat, driving that far probably de-laminated the sidewalls, and that's what the first shop saw. Secondly, if you attribute the flat to potholes, that type of tire damage itself is often irreparable.
  • I'd say using the spare the way you did caused no harm.
  • As to insurance for tire damage, the wording sounds like you could have purchased it, and did not.

Just guesses though.

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