Mine picked up a screw shortly after I got it. One of the best places to have a tire repaired is NTB. They use a patch/plug, which basically is a patch that has a long slender piece of rubber attached that the pull through the hole. It works well. Seems every time I get a new car (this is my 3rd), I get a nail or screw in one of the tires not too awefully long after I get it. NTB is pricey (could be because of the tire type on the Sport), but it works well. Another nice thing about the RAV4 Sport is the spare is identical to the other 4 wheels. The tire pressure sensors didn't give me any problems, FYI.
I want to know how to keep from getting metal impaled in my tires to begin with, short of riding on steel tires. I'm losing count of how many flat tires I've experienced in the last few months. I think it's around 7 flats since late fall, and they all involve sharp metal objects (nails, screws, nail bits, torm metal shrapnel,...). :roll: :x
I think I need large magnets mounted in front of and behind each wheel, though that would work only for steel stuff and not bits of aluminum alloy. <sigh> :roll:
I guess I've been lucky. The only time one of my tires was punctured by a nail I was able to drive around with it for more than a month, adding a couple PSI of air each week until I got a new tire. I have however killed a couple of tires on my Rav and previous vehicles by tearing the sidewall on rocks and curbs.
Has anyone else (preferably with a 4.2) gotten wheel studs and lugnuts that perpetually seem to be too tight? All the tow truck drivers and a coworker have complained about the excessive tightness of the nuts/bolts on my wheels.
Last weekend I asked the Toyota dealership to take a look, and they said the nuts/studs have too tight of a fit and the threads on the studs/bolts are getting stripped. I notice that they didn't volunteer to replace these original equipment studs, though. Hmmm... :roll:
I agree, great tool to have around. If you've ever watched these so called professional tire shops put on your rims. You'll run out and buy one quick. I could remember not long ago, tire shops would use air gun tools to tighten the lug nuts. :shock:
If you can change a tire and use a ratchet.
You can use a torque wrench.
You just might save yourself from unnecessary headaches and repairs.