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Hey all,

Seeing as the weather was great on Saturday I decided to head out for a drive... Great times..

Until the run flat indicator light started flashing at me. Kept my speed under 50MPH and headed to a garage. The rear passenger side tire was down to 17PSI, so I took it upto 33PSI and checked the other wheels (which were all around ~29PSI). Now, I've only had the Car for 3 weeks and I've never checked the pressures before, so it could have been low to start with I guess.

So, I left it over night and checked again the next day and it was down to ~30PSI. I topped it up and reset the run flat indicator, on the drive into work this morning the light hasn't come back on yet but I'll check the pressure again tonight. I couldn't find any nails/screws in the tire so there doesn't look to be any major damage to it.

What are the chances that I could get it repaired instead of having to get it replaced? Any one know anyone in the Hampshire area that deals with Run Flats?

Cheers!

[Perelli 205/45 R17V]
 

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Rocking the F57
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Moved your thread to the Wheels & Tyres Forum ;)

Did you check the tyres on the same machine? Air guages (especially garage forecourt ones) can vary from machine to machine which could explain the difference.

Keep an eye on them, but if it continues, try Micheldever tyres - a bit of a run out, but they give very good service by all accounts.
 

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oops, sorry, I really should venture outside the r50-r52-r53-first-generation-mini forums.

Yes, they were tested on the same gauge, I've just taken it out at lunchtime for a spin, went down the motorway and even ran over some speed bumps (at slow speed ofcourse ;)) and the light still hasn't come back on. I'll check the pressures tonight though.

Cheers for the referral, Winchester wouldn't be too far a run if needed. I'll check them out.
 

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Rocking the F57
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No probs ;) I understand the forum list can be quite huge and intimidating! If nothing else, try the UK&Ireland forum to keep an eye on confirmed events, and events in the planning ;)
 

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I've read on a few forums that the s-spoke run flats sometimes suffer from problems which cause slow air loss - this is sometimes due to a damaged rim and sometimes due to a damaged seal on the run flat tyre. If you can't find a puncture this may be your problem.

If you do find a puncture - you'll probably have to get a new runflat - unfortunately most garages won't repair the standard pirelli [email protected] - pirelli don't recommend it.

Order the tyres from blackcircles.com and get them delivered to a local garage with a run-flat fitting tyre machine. You can usually choose between a few garages, and can make you choice based on the reviews. Its far cheaper than a local quick fit. I ordered 3 pirelli [email protected] run-flats fully fitted for £340. Although many people on the site recommend fitting non-runflats and carrying a tube of tyre gunk in the boot - apparently the ride is much much better.

Otherwise Micheldever have got a good name, they used to be one of the cheapest places to go in the county but i believe the business was sold and they have recently increased their prices - get a quote before you head down.

Rich
 

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I spend £320 replacing practically new tyres in the first 3 months of ownership because 2 of them got tiny punctures on different occasions. I was really, really, royaly ****ed of at that. Because I'd driven on the puncture they couldn't access any possible internal damage (whether thats true or just a way to get you to spend £££ I don't know). It was then I really didn't see the point in runflats...

If they were normal tyres I would have called my breakdown to tow me to a tyre place give them a few quid and have them repaired rather than forking out 1.5 years worth of what could have been road tax.

After my fronts needed replacing (i put the new ones on that back) I ditched the lot and fitted 4Goodyear F1 GSD3's for £310 and chucked the other 2 in my loft.
 

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Sounds like you've been having a similar problem to what I've been having with one of my runflats. I have one that I've had to blow up a few times (and one that had a puncture and you could hear the air hissing out once it'd been blown up!).

I had to go back to BMW for a new tyre as I made a few phonecalls to local tyre people and none of them even dealt with runflats

Did you get it sorted?!
 

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I checked the pressures yesterday and they seem to be holding ok at the moment, the 'trouble' one has gone down a little more than the rest (1~2psi) but seems ok. I'll keep an eye on it over the next week and if its still declining I'll look around at repair/replacement costs.

Still haven't found any damage to it, no nails or screws or anything. I like the idea of run flats but I wouldn't be adversed to switching them all out for something better, looks like the previous owner had a bit of a curb fetish so they are all a bit battered around the rims.

The thing that worries me about switching off of the run flats is the lack of spare, anyone had any 'good' experiences with repair goo? There isn't really much space in the boot for a spare tyre and a bag of shopping :tongue:
 

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Still dunno whether it's a 'slowie' or a dodgy bead/rim seal, then? Just in case it turns out to be a puncture, check this out: picked up a nail - centre tread, tyre 4000 miles old. Spoke to main dealer and 4 tyre joints who all said 'new tyre required - run flats can't be repaired'. Mine are the Dunlop OE run flats. I asked why - none could give a sensible answer. Phoned Dunlop - they said running 'em flat damages the integrity of the stiff sidewall. I told 'em mine hadn't dropped below 20 psi. Much umming and erring and being put on hold before they trotted out the standard ******** - '...recommend replacement...repair could be dangerous...bla, bla'. Eventually found a local tyre specialist who was happy to repair the tyre on my word that it hadn't been run flat, no guarantee etc. Fine. If I was the sort to have a dodgy tyre repaired and refitted then I'd deserve the consequences of a high speed blow out. Cost? £14. Tyre now done 18500 with no probs - inc. some autobahn work at 6000rpm in 6th (do the maths). Bottom line? Run flats are a con - Pirelli no better than Dunlop. A simple puncture (within central 3/4 of tread) can be repaired at any tyre joint - IF the tyre wasn't run flat. Other punctures would require a 'major repair' - don't know about that. Run flats differ from normal tyres in the bead/seat used and because they have reinforced sidewalls. If the sidewalls have not been stressed i.e. not run flat, what's the problem? I suspect it's just another excuse for the manufacturer to screw more money out of us.
 

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The Mini Dude
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hmm

Can't a tube inside be fitted? and mine has run flats but dont have the mini mobility pack...is it worth buying?

cheers
 

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Winx, whats a better option? get the spacesaver spare but will the punctured wheel tyre combo fit back where the spacesaver is housed? Surely run-flats will at least get you to your destination or a tyre place? I'm about to order a Dooper and am struggling to make the tyre decision now that run-flats are a cost option (from Westerley in Yeovil BTW)
 
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