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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-07-2016, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Chevy Volt tires issue

I got my 2nd Volt last month. Although overall I am a happy camper on this car, I do see an issue with it's tires needing replacement in most flat tire cases, as compared to other cars. I am not sure if anyone has had as much of tire issue with Volts as I have. On my previous Volt I had 4 flat tire incidents, 3 times I had to replace the tire and once it was deemed repairable. Now with this 2nd Volt, with barely 800+ miles on it I encountered a flat over the weekend and the dealer called up to say tire needs replacement. Upon further probing he indicated that this a frequent problem with Volts. That they replace at least 10 a month.

With a wallet hit of $183 I am starting to see how one can easily loose the value of getting a Volt if indeed this is a problem with the kind of tires, rim etc. that has been selected for this car.

Has anyone else observed this issue with tires on Volts?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-15-2016, 01:07 PM
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I'm a new Volt owner and can't really speak to other's problems with tires on the Volt but I have over 40 years of experience in auto repair/service, the last 17 years with a major tire company.

One of the most common reasons a tire needs to be replaced after a "flat" is that the tire was driven on after it lost most of it's air.

If a vehicle is equipped with a TPMS that merely warns of a low tire, often the tire is low enough that it overheats and starts to come apart.

I have always recommended that one should check tire pressure manually (with a good gauge) on a regular basis to prevent the "run flat" situation. Often a puncture is caused by a small object that causes air to leak very slowly. Catch the pressure loss early and the chances of a repair versus replacement will be more likely.

Again, I don't know your specific situation but generally, tires usually fail after a puncture because they were run in a flat, or mostly flat, condition. If your TPMS system actually shows tire pressures fine, but as a President once said "Trust but verify. Keep a good tire gauge on hand (The $10 one, not the $1.98 one) and check tire pressures regularly. I do it weekly when washing the vehicle.
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