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Pulling into my yard last night I got another Low Tire Pressure warning. I bought my 2013 Volt just over 1 month ago and this is the second puncture.

I attempted to plug the current hole, but no luck. There is a tear about 1/2 inch long right in the thin spot between the treads. The rasp from the plug kit went through it like it was tissue paper.

So now I'm waiting for AAA to haul Victor off to a local tire shop to be fitted with four brand-spankin'-new Bridgestone Ecopia 422 Plus at the OEM size.

Aargh!
 

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And; Oh yeah,

I tried calling OnStar ( just push the blue button ) for the tow because I'm still within the trial period offered with the car when I bought it, but they would only bring me to the nearest Chevy dealer. Not to the tire shop just down the road.

-1 point for getting me to subscribe once the trial expires.
 

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And; Oh yeah,

I tried calling OnStar ( just push the blue button ) for the tow because I'm still within the trial period offered with the car when I bought it, but they would only bring me to the nearest Chevy dealer. Not to the tire shop just down the road.

-1 point for getting me to subscribe once the trial expires.
Onstar is garbage. AAA is 80 bucks a year, onstar is 20 a month
 

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The OEM Goodyear tires have been a sore point for many Volt owners. They are noisy, prone to punctures ( at least they appear to be that way ) and wear on the tread shoulders too fast and many have had cracking issues. The only plus seems to be that they did provide low rolling resistance thus good battery mileage.

Everyone who has replaced tires has noticed a small hit to mileage for the first few thousand miles but then it seems to largely return to normal mileage. Of course, with all of the other variables it is hard to be exact.

Also, everyone who has replaced the OEM's with something different have noticed better handling and a quieter ride.

For the cost of new tires, you will certainly have some peace of mind (unless of course the roads you travel are littered with nails).
 

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There is a tear about 1/2 inch long right in the thin spot between the treads. The rasp from the plug kit went through it like it was tissue paper.

So now I'm waiting for AAA to haul Victor off to a local tire shop to be fitted with four brand-spankin'-new Bridgestone Ecopia 422 Plus at the OEM size.

Aargh!
I'm guessing it wouldn't hold any air? When I've had punctures, I air up the tire, go to the local tire place, and they patch my tire for $15.
 

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I'm pretty new to this forum but I have already read many of the complaints folks have posted about the OEM tires. That was a part of my decision to just replace them instead of repairing again.

And yes, the leak was too large to risk driving off to the tire shop ~20 miles away. My home is out in farmland and a bit of a distance from any shop that would have the tires in stock. Even after getting a plug in the hole and airing the tire up, it was down to 15 psi in 10 minutes.
 

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And; Oh yeah,

I tried calling OnStar ( just push the blue button ) for the tow because I'm still within the trial period offered with the car when I bought it, but they would only bring me to the nearest Chevy dealer. Not to the tire shop just down the road.

-1 point for getting me to subscribe once the trial expires.
That's because GM gives you 5 years of free roadside assistance with every vehicle.
It's only free because it's to take you to their shop to get work done (and make $).
Just like if there were an AAA and BBB, AAA is going to take you to their list of shops and BBB is going to take you to theirs. Not always simply the nearest one.
Or as I hear about your beloved healthcare system, you can only go to Hospital A under your insurance, because Hospital B isn't approved...
 

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I have almost 40k miles on my OEM tires, no flats, but I'm prepared for one. I have a $10 spare tire. That way I can remove the flat, take to Discount (free repair), and still be able to drive.

On the other hand, you drove over something large and sharp. I suspect other tires would have suffered the same fate.
 

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Yeah, it may have just been very unlucky but with two punctures on two different tires and a third one with a slow 1-week leak, I just gave up and ordered a new set.

These were the original OEM tires with a bit over 42K miles on 'em.
 

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The OEM Goodyear tires have been a sore point for many Volt owners. They are noisy, prone to punctures ( at least they appear to be that way ) and wear on the tread shoulders too fast and many have had cracking issues. The only plus seems to be that they did provide low rolling resistance thus good battery mileage.

Everyone who has replaced tires has noticed a small hit to mileage for the first few thousand miles but then it seems to largely return to normal mileage. Of course, with all of the other variables it is hard to be exact.

Also, everyone who has replaced the OEM's with something different have noticed better handling and a quieter ride.

For the cost of new tires, you will certainly have some peace of mind (unless of course the roads you travel are littered with nails).
FWIW, the Ecopia 422+ tires got back all the miles I was hoping to in about 1000 miles, and at least part of that was probably just waiting for spring to thaw. I'd been getting 42-44 on the estimator in fall on the shoulder-worn Goodyears, bought the Ecopias in January, and by April the low 40s estimates were happening again. (Still have never seen higher than 45 at unplug, but I'm not exactly TRYING hard.)
 

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5 years on 3 of the OEM and 2 flats with one tire that was replaced

I keep a spare at home that goes in the car for longer trips

onstar had service to me in 20 mins and they swapped out my extra tire
 

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I have had four flats in less than three years. One was caused by a road hazard, the others sidewall failures. My friends have had similar experience.

The OEM Goodyears on Gen 1 Volts are made of Kleenex. The fact that some posters have managed not to experience this does not mean they are OK. The large number of posters reporting problems shows there was a problem. As does the fact that GM dumped them for Gen 2

My solution was to buy a warrantee from America's tire after the first sidewall failure. All the rest they replaced for free.
 

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I don't buy the "prone to punctures" idea. Put a nail in any tire and you're going to end up with a flat. I had one recently after nearly six years. Just your basic trip downtown where every other street has construction going on. Sidewall failures are a different issue.

That said, after the puncture I replaced the OEMs with Michelins for the performance and handling, especially in wet weather. Much quieter and nicer ride. And yes, less range.
 

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42K for the original tires means they're about done. If you rotate them regularly you might do a bit better. I rotated mine and still had to replace them at about 50K. Try to rotate the new ones regularly; they'll last a lot longer.
 

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I replaced the OEMs with Bridgestone Driveguard runflats. I did NOT have any issues with the Goodyear's (re punctures/flats) EXCEPT that they wore out by 32K miles, even with regular rotations. I can't fit a spare in the back due to always carrying stuff, so these were the best choice. The Driveguards are overall better (except a little choppy over uneven bumpy roads due to stiff sidewalls), but my experience showed a pretty substantial range hit that has not recovered in about 10K miles--even inflating up to 44 PSI made little difference. A 10% hit is the general rule with these tires and that's been my experience.
 

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42K for the original tires means they're about done.
My tire tread depth measure 7/32nds inch. Based on that, I'm only half way through the tires. I rotate every 7500 miles.
 

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The OEM Goodyear tires have been a sore point for many Volt owners. They are noisy, prone to punctures ( at least they appear to be that way ) and wear on the tread shoulders too fast and many have had cracking issues. The only plus seems to be that they did provide low rolling resistance thus good battery mileage.

Everyone who has replaced tires has noticed a small hit to mileage for the first few thousand miles but then it seems to largely return to normal mileage. Of course, with all of the other variables it is hard to be exact.

Also, everyone who has replaced the OEM's with something different have noticed better handling and a quieter ride.

For the cost of new tires, you will certainly have some peace of mind (unless of course the roads you travel are littered with nails).
Not really. They have been reported as a problem tire by a subset of Volt forums or facebook groups, which in itself it a sub-set of Volt owners overall. I've had Assurance tires on my 2012 since I've owned it for just over one year, zero issues. Not noisy, zero flats, etc.
 

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On our 2012, we got 30K on the OEM tires before suffering a sidewall failure. Still rolling on two of the original tires at 49K, but they are due for replacement soon. Went with more OEM tires because of the mileage, and felt the performance was fine, but would agree that they are not very tough.
 

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The OEM Goodyear tires have been a sore point for many Volt owners. They are noisy, prone to punctures ( at least they appear to be that way ) and wear on the tread shoulders too fast and many have had cracking issues. The only plus seems to be that they did provide low rolling resistance thus good battery mileage.

Everyone who has replaced tires has noticed a small hit to mileage for the first few thousand miles but then it seems to largely return to normal mileage. Of course, with all of the other variables it is hard to be exact.

Also, everyone who has replaced the OEM's with something different have noticed better handling and a quieter ride.

For the cost of new tires, you will certainly have some peace of mind (unless of course the roads you travel are littered with nails).
Agree with everything you said. I had 3 flats the first year.

OEM
  • Noisy
    prone to punctures
    wear on the tread shoulders too fast
    cracking issues
    The only plus seems to be that they did provide low rolling resistance thus good battery mileage.
replacement tires has noticed (replaced my Goodyears with Michelins)
  • a small hit to mileage
    better handling
    quieter ride.
 
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