We have owned our Chevy Bolt for just over a year, and love it, and also love the gas savings. So, about 5 years ago we moved further away from my work, and I never had a flat tire in my life before we moved. Now, I get a flat tire on one of my vehicles every couple of years (I guess more time on a road equals more ability to get a flat) Now I take you to this week, where I was driving the Bolt to work and even though I did not see anything on the road, on a highway I was travelling on at around 80kmh (50 mph)....I heard an ever so small sound from my rear tire, and then the tire monitor popped up in front of me and I was losing air fast. I pulled over at around 60 pounds and by the time I got out to check, the tire was almost flat hearing a large air leak. My first thought was to get the spare and get back on the road, but I opened up the back to find (like most new cars) only an air pump and some goop. I tried that, and only heard more air come out. The goop could do nothing. I called road assist to tow it, and worked out a plan to have my wife bring me another vehicle, and thus got to work only an hour late. Here's where it gets expensive. The dealer reported the next day that the tire was not repairable, and that the rim had a chip/hole in it from what ever I hit. So, the rim at best needs repair, and a new tire is needed. The rim repair and assessment was going to take days, so I elected to buy a new wheel, and I'll get the other one fixed, and buy the cheaper version of our tire and make a spare out of it. (because with a spare I can always get to work on time) I'm throwing this out there to see if anyone else has or will have this problem. There was no item in the tire, anywhere, even though it did so much damage. I have a high def dash cam, and reviewed it, and cannot see anything that could have done this. I checked the entire road where I had driven as I was waiting for the tow, nothing found. The wheel is $550, and the tire is $275 , so almost $1000 after labour and all. I think when these tires wear out, I'm going to cheaper non self sealing, as I think it's pointless to have self sealing. From what I have read, self sealing are only good for 1/4" or less, and most repair places claim they are never plug-able. At first I thought maybe something came off the car, or maybe someone shot at me. I'll never know. And because I didn't have a spare, I have to believe everything is true from the repair shop. Who knows, maybe the tire was fixable, maybe the rim damage was done to it (after) to make me purchase a new rim. Oh, and now they are showing me a $500 tire and rim insurance policy that I never heard of before this. Kinda funny now how a simple flat turns into a $1000 bill for me and I can now buy into a warranty for my tires. I'm going to create a spare and stop this money pit.
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