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      02-04-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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Advice needed from those with winter tyres

Hi Guys,

I've had the unfortunate problem of having discovered a nail in the right rear tyre on my car, the BMW dealer has over inflated the tyre for me so it should be ok for a few days.

The problem I have is that the blizzaks are on back order and they don't know when they will get some so my options are to wait / try an get them elsewhere which seems just as hard! Or risk that any predicted snow fall we may get will be light and I put my alloys on with summer tyres and worry about the winter tyre near to when they have to go back on an availability will be better.

I was planning to put the summers on in march anyway depending on the weather.

Opinions from any of you guys would be appreciated

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      02-04-2013, 02:21 PM   #2
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I'd put the summers on.

My company receive pretty accurate long-range weather forecasts to help us with workload forecasting (a very weather-related business), and the temps for the next few weeks are in line with seasonal norms.

So whilst you may get night temperatures of less than 5 C, it's very unlikely that we'll see severe temperature drops or even snow in your part of the world.

As I type this I feel a Michael Fish moment coming on - so if it does snow don't quote me!!!
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I'd put the summers on.
I almost switched to my summers last weekend if it wasn't for the in-laws, but I'd prob whack on the summers and wait for next year when bridgestone have stock. Worst case we might have another cold spell just means not driving during that period.

If you really want a replacement tyre try http://www.mytyres.co.uk/ they are the UK subsidiary of a german based company, but they are able to buy from the german market where winter tyres are readily available. You'll find once the Bridgestone/Conti etc etc UK arms run out of their winter tyres it's very difficult to source any till next winter. If they show no stock give them a call.
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      02-04-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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What's wrong with just getting it repaired? Is it a run flat? Don't fall for that 'they can't be repaired' nonsense.
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What's wrong with just getting it repaired? Is it a run flat? Don't fall for that 'they can't be repaired' nonsense.
My local garage (not BMW dealer) is happy to repair as long as the tyre has not gone completely flat/running off the sidewall. They will check the sidewall for any damage and if there is i'm afraid it's a new tyre.
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Thanks for the advice guys, i'll think i'll put the summers on and then wait till there is stock in the winter to replace the tyre.

I did try mytyres but the lead time said (It may take a while for these) and didn't give any estimate.

It is a run flat but I think I've already been running on it for a week with the nail and given it a bit of a hard time as I didn't know about the nail. Not only that I would much rather spend 150 on a new tyre than 30 on a repair and be certain of the integrity of the tyre in my case the car is a 25K some of yours are worth a lot more and the rubber on a car is one of the most important parts where grip and braking are concerned so I'd much rather do a proper job.

Thanks for all the opinions though, everyone has there own ideas and choices
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I've gone for tyre insurance this time round. I had terrible time on our E91 as we had to replace 5 tyres all due to nails and at 270ish (255/35/18), I wasn't too happy. The S001 on 255/40/18 are an eye watering 315.

As you say you can't put a price on safety and with my family in toe I ain't gonna cry over a few hundred quid.
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This is only the 2nd nail ive had in about 7 years and after the 1st one I got tyre insurance and didnt need it! so i've always risked it and since then ive only had to replace due to wear and tear so I think unless im really unlucky I'll just take it as a mishap. I have a good idea where I got the puncture so next time i'm there ill be extra careful!!

I can image its worth it for yourself considering your experience with the E91 but luckily the winters are 16inch so not too bad to replace I've had cars where they're a lot more a corner too!
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+1 for anything that doesn't involve driving around on an 'over-inflated' tyre with a nail in it. It's one thing to get a puncture in an RFT, have the tyre inspected and repaired properly by a specialist tyre place if it's deemed safe to do so, but I'm actually surprised a BMW dealer would do what they've done in your case.

Also +1 for tyre insurance as I've had 5 punctures in around 3 years!

Incidentally, my local dealer won't repair RFTs however there's a specialist tyre shop about 10 miles from me that will consider it after removing and inspecting the tyre.
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I think the main reason was that I went there 5 in the evening and they didnt have any fully trained technicians, it was an apprentice who looked that the tyre. The way I see it is they tried to make it safer for me to drive until they could either replace the tyre or switch the wheels.

Unfortunately due to work comitments I can't get the wheels switched till saturday morning but I will be closing motoring the tyre to make sure the pressure isn't getting too low - when I got to work this morning there didnt appear to be any loss which is good.

Oh I definitely believe tyre insurance can be worth it and for those of you guys with larger alloys it can be worth every penny

Unfortunately I don't know of any specialist tyre place in the area that I know I can definitely trust so i'd rather spend the money on a new tyre and know for certain i'll be safe
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