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February 14th, 2004


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11:42 am - Arrogant Bastard
As I was driving to campus today, I heard a weird whining sound from the left rear. Mostly at speed -- more a vibration, not high frequency. I drove to campus, passing numerous car places and large parking lots, where I should have pulled over to investigate the cause of the sound. I thought about it, but figured I'd examine it at campus -- probably the rear door was ajar, from one of Corvis' entrances this morning.

Yep. The rear tire is really low and really warm to the touch when I pulled into the garage. Idiot. At least it has not yet exploded, although who knows what kind of damage I added to it. I'd really like it not to be flat, just low, but that seems unlikely.

Now I have meetings and whatnot, and then have to figure out whether it is worth driving a bit more on it to save the hassle of changing the tire. I suspect it will become more evident in the two or so hours that I will just let it sit.

Recommendations on where I should have it fixed? Or to get a new tire... err, g'damn AWD, tires? I was planning to go skiing tomorrow. Or otherwise use my car in the next couple of days.

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From:leko
Date:February 14th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC)
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aren't you still on the original tires? how many miles do you have on those things? You probably don't want to just replace one, that'll throw your alignment off.
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From:daemonv
Date:February 14th, 2004 11:42 am (UTC)

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I have almost 21k miles on them. And yeah, given AWD I can't remember if I have to replace two or all four, but it is certainly a larger number than 1.

Thanks for the recommendation.
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From:leko
Date:February 14th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)

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it doesn't really matter whether or not you have AWD, FWD, or RWD when it comes to replacing tires. You'd be ok just replacing two (the bad one and the one opposite it), but after 21k you probably ought to just replace all 4. Espically since your front tires are probably more worn than the back due to braking.
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From:leko
Date:February 14th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
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Baum Automotive was good to my leaky tire.
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From:fws
Date:February 14th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC)

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that wasn't me! that was fay impersonating me!
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From:leko
Date:February 14th, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC)

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and that wasn't fay, that was me impersonating her. She is banned from using livejournal on my computer.
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From:effjay
Date:February 14th, 2004 09:19 pm (UTC)
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From:maryneedssleep
Date:February 15th, 2004 08:48 am (UTC)

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Yeah, when you can plan ahead for new tires, Tire Rack is great. I've boght 2 sets of tires from them.
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From:effjay
Date:February 15th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)

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And I need to, lest I suffer Dan's fate.

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