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Yet Another Tire Rant

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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.

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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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