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    The weather changes are so drastic in the Rocky Mountain West, (Colorado) there are potholes that appear overnight and lead to tire and wheel damage. Since Tesla doesn't provide a spare, (and I suspect that the Model 3 won't be eligible for the perks offered to the MS & MX), what does everybody think Tesla's policy will be? Will we be able to use the Ranger Service perhaps with a fee?
     
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    my pontiac doesn't have a spare tire and have been driving it for the last 6ish years without issue (on really shitty roads both because of temp changes AND 80,000 lb trucks with chains every time it snows). If I did have a flat, I would not have expected Pontiac to come deal with it on the roadside (besides they were dead by the time I bought it). My car insurance covers emergency roadside assistance; towing, etc much like AAA, so if needed, would call a tow company and have them bill my insurance.
     
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      Thanks! I'll check my insurance coverage.
       
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      My car has a spare and frankly I would never do a thing with it. The drivers are so bad here in Florida that you take your life in your hands changing a tire and it's just not worth it.

      I get free roadside through American Express.
       
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        Ny metro is very similiar in road dispare...I would suggest your on your own....

        BMW and mini tend to offer tire wheel warranties for road hazards..they aren't inexpensive and traditionally the dealership while they are doing the replacement magically find other supposedly needed service you didn't know you needed...and often time don't..

        I do in my normal daily route gets hit with potholes and I do try and send a very respectful letter to that particular town of the pothole.

        Once notified of the pothole the town is literally responsible for any damage you may at a later date incur.

        This wouldn't help with new potholes but if you do see a pothole in your regular route...send them a notification..very polite otherwise the cops will be extremely vigalent in traffic enforcement..

        Besides being nice about the notification will make it easier to collect if you hit that's pot hole later on and put in a claim to that town for your new wheel or tire..
         
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        If there is no doughnut, then roadside assistance is useless as i dont think they will not provide a tire. Just assist in changing.

        You would have to have your vehicle towed to the nearest tire store. So fingers crossed it doesnt happen on a sunday road trip when most stores are closed.
         
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        That would be true for a full blowout/destroyed tire, but most all flats are small punctures or slow leaks that can be patched and refilled (or just refilled in the case of the latter) on the side of the road.
         
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          Nothing stopping you from buying one and sticking it in back, except the loss of storage space.
           
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            Over 200000 mikes with no spare and no problem

            Got a few flats and one cracked rim over the years...

            Just slide a tire repair kit in the trunk for $20 bucks and call it a day.

            Never needed to be towed...just patched the whole and inflated with portable air compressor..
             
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            Yep, they're pretty inexpensive.

            After plugging the hole, you're supposed to eventually unmount the tire and put a proper patch on the inside. I've never done that extra step, and these plugs have never failed to fix my tire until I needed new ones.
             
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              I agree with being ready with a tire kit is great for those just in case situations, but I think some sort of roadside service program through your Amex, insurance or AAA is the best way to go.
               
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              I just bought this tire inflator since it is on sale and highly rated. My friend recommended it too.
               
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                Some MS/X guys carry their own repair plugs and a bicycle pump. I was very skeptical of this solution but they were vociferous that it works (and got about 8 "disagrees" on that forum), even though no one had ever tried it. :rolleyes:

                I pay a small additional premium for roadside assistance on my insurance policy but fortunately have never had to use it - in the US - in decades of driving. I did have a blowout on a desolate Mexican road. I had a spare in the under frame, but discovered it was flat. A guy named Jesus came along and rescued me, swear to dog!
                 
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                  my solstice came with a mobile compressor with the tire goo (same kit Tesla sells) that I plan to keep when that car is sold :D
                   
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                  Mel, have you ever used the compressor and goo? I presume it is the same set up Chevrolet provided for the Chevy SSR. The SSR guys say it doesn't work for sugar. If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend you try it in a controlled test first, the goo too. I will be highly pressed off if you call me in the middle of the night to come and rescue you! :bicyclist: JK, I will always be your humble servant.
                   
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                  Never use the goo, unless it's an emergency situation and you must get it fixed ASAP. That goo will ruin the tire & TPMS inside. You'll need to replace both.
                   
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                    Have used the compressor multiple times. Like garsh said, I would not use the spray goo unless there were no other choices.
                    The compressor itself is fine. The fact the GM put a crap 12v outlet in the car makes the compressor useless without another car to power it though.
                     
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                    That is why I bought this compressor and keep tire plugs in my car.

                    From Amazon:
                    Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor
                     
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                    And therein lies the problem! I am too old to role around in the dirt---and then track that dirt onto my white interior! I'll just call roadside assistance and let them deal with it (which will probably never happen - fingers crossed)

                     
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                      Does Tesla ship with Runflat tires? I assume they do as do most other premium cars without spares.

                      With runflats, you can continue to drive 50 or so miles at up to 60mph to your destination or garage with most punctures.

                      Now back when I had my own car, I would replace the heavy, expensive runflats with regular tires, and just be sure to have a $20 jack, $15 air pump, and $10 tire patch kit in my car. I have no problem removing the wheel and patching it on the side of a road.

                      But now that I share cars with my wife who I know will not do that, I am happy to have runflats on the cars, knowing she can continue to drive where she is going and not be stranded or stressed.

                      As pure luck would have it, although I have had to patch tires once or twice every single year, I have only had to do it in my driveway. Usually whatever nail etc punctures the tire stays there and seals the hole for the most part. Leaks are very slow, a few PSI per month. When I swap summer and winter tires, that's when I usually find one and patch it.

                      Likewise those self-patched tires continue performing without issue for years. I have even auto-crossed with them.

                      Finally, even if you were to have a destructive total flat, you can drive very slowly and get off the road so you are not working on the car or just waiting for assistance anywhere near traffic. I'm always amazed why people don't do this.

                      So, if you're the type of person who thinks they can change and patch a tire in the middle of their drive, go the first route. If any driver probably won't or cant, get runflats.

                      As for the tire goo, it is designed to fill most small holes just like tire patches...if you can persuade it to go into the hole. It is also designed to be temporary, and can be washed out of the tire within a few weeks. You must have the time removed, washed out, real plug installed, and remounted and balanced. It's simply slightly less effort on the road vs tire patching, but more effort/expense at the tire shop. It should not destroy the tire so long as it is washed out within a few weeks.
                       

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