Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Street Experiences


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 22nd December 2006, 09:15   #1
BHPian
 
ravradha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 175
Thanked: 89 Times
Default Your experiences - Punctured Tyre

It was after one of those client calls we were returning on the busy inner ring road, when the tyre got punctured.

I was busy on a con call and my friend had to do the changing job. He always keeps his spare tyre well maintained. Hands on guy, he is, got the wheels moving in 10 mins.

Not a bad experience, we had to listen to just a couple of swearings
ravradha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2006, 09:55   #2
Senior - BHPian
 
hvkumar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 7,369
Thanked: 3,345 Times
Default

A few things which I do and have t make the job easier:
- I have a trolley jack, and a 4-pronged spanner
- I also have a second screw jack in case I have problems in hoisting teh tyres in certain uneven terrain
- I carry the tyre gas cans for emergency use

I also have spare tubes that can be used if tehtube needs to be changed - I am perticular about branded tubes and the roadside mechanics have only local brands. I even had one ocasion when they put in the wrong-sized tube since they did not have any other
hvkumar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2006, 10:06   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
hydrashok's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: In my Office
Posts: 2,528
Thanked: 14 Times
Default

I rarely had tyre punctures with my old car (an M800). I drove it for about 4 years (Dad drove it for 6 years before that) and I had just about 3 or 4 instances. Used to get the spare changed by roadside tyrewallahs then.

I've been using my current car (Palio 1.2) for 4 years now, and it has had at least 8-10 punctures. But then I've driven this car for at least 40% more distance than the old one, so that is ok. The first one was the day after I bought it (caused by a nail). All these punctures I changed the tyre myself. I always keep the spare ready for use. I also keep a small plastic mat in the car that I can use to kneel on, etc. without messing up my pants. The last time I had to change the tyre was the worst. Empty highway and heavy rain. Luckily it was daytime, and not night. I was soaked by the time I finished. Grrr...

I changed my tyres to tubeless about 5 months back. I haven't had a single puncture yet. (Keeping fingers crossed).
hydrashok is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2006, 10:31   #4
BHPian
 
sreenivass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Bangalore India
Posts: 872
Thanked: 6 Times
Default had one puncture in two years

Quote:
Originally Posted by ravradha View Post
It was after one of those client calls we were returning on the busy inner ring road, when the tyre got punctured.

I was busy on a con call and my friend had to do the changing job. He always keeps his spare tyre well maintained. Hands on guy, he is, got the wheels moving in 10 mins.

Not a bad experience, we had to listen to just a couple of swearings
I had one puncture in two years out of 12K KMs driven. It was caused by two nails, got the spare fixed by a driver, got the punctured tire repaired by a roadside tire fix guy leaving scars on my alloys, swore will never get it fixed from those folks again.

I did help fixing a spare on boss's car ones, not too difficult because it was in parking lot. We found the tire was flat when we were about to start.
sreenivass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2006, 14:18   #5
BHPian
 
rapideffect's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: mumbai
Posts: 147
Thanked: 4 Times
Default

What a coincidence, I'm reading all these posts with a punctured car at home. Since i have no time to change the tyres and getting late to office the only way is to leave the car at home.
rapideffect is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2006, 14:33   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
esteem_lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Madras/Py
Posts: 7,554
Thanked: 433 Times
Default

i ripped the steel belting out in my 1000. it had MRF Zigma tyres. (Remember that stupid ad ??). when the tube started being literally exposed, i had punctures every other day & kept myself fit by changing the tyres. ever since i changed tyres on that car & then the next car, ive not had the chance to keeo fit & i have put on 15 kgs because of that. lol

@hvkumar... you are tyre god/guru. i hate carrying even the near essential jack.
esteem_lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2006, 16:05   #7
rks
BANNED
 
rks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: ??
Posts: 1,237
Thanked: 8 Times
Default

In my first 6 months that I was at Pune (from May 2005) I was checking my tyre pressures at petrol bunks and also flyover construction was taking place on my daily route to my workspot. I had 3 punctures during this period within 8000 kms, all due to nails penetrating my tubed S322 tyres. Since about Nov 2005, I have been regularly doing Pune-Mumbai-Pune every week and also maintaining my tyre pressures at about 33-34 psi using my own compressor/gauge (3-4 psi above company recommendation). Since then I have not had a puncture, for about 15000 kms with the tubed tyre and in the last 3 months, about 6000 kms with the S322 tubeless tyres. The high pressures give an uncomfortable ride, but I have not seen uneven wear, probably because I do about 70% of my driving on the highway at high speeds (I don't bother to reduce tyre pressures for city driving). So I would say that maintaining tyre pressures -- I check at least once in two weeks -- is the key to a happy punctureless life. Hope I haven't tempted fate here, though.
rks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2006, 16:44   #8
BHPian
 
Sideways's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Madras - India
Posts: 641
Thanked: 18 Times
Default

@ RKS, 33-34 Psi cold or warm. If cold then I urge you not to maintain such high pressures especially since you travel at such high speeds. When the tyres get hot the pressure inside also increases by about 3-5Psi. Running such high pressures at high speeds is very dangerous. You need to understand that manufacturers have recomended tyre pressures after intensive R&D. Higher the pressure the contact patch also becomes smaller which can lead to severe unstability not to mention uneven ware etc. Just a word of caution.
Sideways is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2006, 16:48   #9
BHPian
 
turbofreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: mumbai
Posts: 112
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

Whatever happens i dont trust these JK tyres which were given with my Alto...Worst tyres ever seen...they get puctured almost once a month...shifted to bridgestones then my life was peaceful.
turbofreak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2006, 17:52   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
iraghava's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bhaiyyaland
Posts: 8,028
Thanked: 150 Times
Default

Oh I've lost count of how many punctures I've had!! Started from our trusty Maruti 800 on JK cross-plies remember those days?? Punctures were common place especially when travelling on highways. Then shifted on to MRF Zigma CC's (the cooles tyres available then!) and the punctures reduced significantly. After that have run a string of cars on various brands of tyres MRF, Ceat, Bridgestone, Michelin, GoodYear etc.

Been very happy since I've using Tubeless tyres on the VTEC since they really bring the instances of punctures down & in case of a slow leak allow you to fill up air & drive around till the next good tyre shop.

Last edited by iraghava : 22nd December 2006 at 17:57.
iraghava is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2006, 18:25   #11
rks
BANNED
 
rks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: ??
Posts: 1,237
Thanked: 8 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sideways View Post
@ RKS, 33-34 Psi cold or warm. If cold then I urge you not to maintain such high pressures especially since you travel at such high speeds. When the tyres get hot the pressure inside also increases by about 3-5Psi. Running such high pressures at high speeds is very dangerous. You need to understand that manufacturers have recomended tyre pressures after intensive R&D. Higher the pressure the contact patch also becomes smaller which can lead to severe unstability not to mention uneven ware etc. Just a word of caution.
I always set the pressures cold, first thing in the morning. I agree that in general it is safer to stick to the recommended tyre pressures of the car manufacturer. But the Bridgestone India website recommends that tyre pressures be increased by 5 psi above the manufacturer's recommendation for high-speed driving. I have been having Bridgestone tyres throughout, so I thought that it would be OK to set about 33-34 psi, since that is within the limits. I haven't had any problems with cornering, epecially after getting tubeless tyres; indeed, the main reason for recommending higher tyre pressures in high speed driving is for improving handling, mileage, safety (against tyre bursts) and tyre life. But the ride on bad roads is bumpy. The car manufacturer's recommendation is generally made keeping various factors in mind, including ride comfort, and not exclusively for high speed driving.

I used to reduce tyre pressures back to 30 psi for city driving, but doing that every week is a real hassle and especially after getting tubeless tyres I am wary of too much meddling with the valve and stem, lest they develop leaks. So I stopped that and check pressures once in two weeks, but I inspect the tyres daily. This should be fine, since 75% of the distance I drive is on the highway (Pune-Mumbai route). But for others who do more driving in the city and do not speed on the highway, my formula may not work out.

Last edited by rks : 22nd December 2006 at 18:27.
rks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24th December 2006, 18:32   #12
rks
BANNED
 
rks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: ??
Posts: 1,237
Thanked: 8 Times
Default

@Sideways, after further thought, I feel that the Bridgestone India recommendation of 5 psi above car manufacturer's recommendation for high-speed driving may work out on good roads, like the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Under conditions where the road is bumpy or muddy, or during the monsoon, I think I would be better off reducing my tyre pressures to at most 2 psi above the recommended pressure of 30 psi. At higher pressures the car may not grip well as you point out. Anyway the speeds will also come down due to wet conditions and bad roads in the monsoon season.

As far as this thread is concerned, I want to emphasize that maintaining tyre pressures via regular checks will help a lot in avoiding punctures, as will changing to tubeless tyres.
rks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th December 2006, 14:56   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bombay
Posts: 1,009
Thanked: 229 Times
Default

Even Swift manual says to increase tyre pressure by 5 psi for high speed/highway driving.
sandeep108 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th December 2006, 02:00   #14
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: mumbai
Posts: 195
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

I have had 14 punctures in the last year and the weird part is they have all been post 1 am.
Something that has helped me tremendously is the trolley jack and a mechanized wrench to use on the bolts
byramshroff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th December 2006, 07:53   #15
kph
BHPian
 
kph's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 147
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Ahaaa.. Finally a thread with puncture experiences...
Can’t miss to say something here.
I am a victim of the bad roads in dharmapuri- krishnagiri and palakkat stretch.
I haven’t counted the no of times I had punctures. The worst was 3 punctures in one day in 600km.
The worst (unforgettable) pancture experience happened was once while me and one of my friends were on the way to Mangalore from bangalore. I forgot the place, a deserted area with road in its worst condition... had a puncture there in the middle of nowhere, no civilization around and the spare too found deflated. Wow.. time to celebrate.. had to take a lift in a lorry with the tyre to a puncture shop to fix it.. will never forget that experience.
kph is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tricks Puncture/Tyre shops play: "Beware of nails on roads" and other experiences team suzuki Street Experiences 74 9th June 2016 08:07
Changing a tyre- Experiences sammyboy Shifting gears 1 27th March 2009 07:18
Fiat Petra - punctured silenser (do I need to worry ?) mchulet Technical Stuff 4 14th December 2007 18:28
wobbling after changing punctured tire paharino1 Technical Stuff 3 19th May 2006 18:43


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 14:45.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks