They can be used on the Bolt, but you'll drop range because they're not an LRR tire :nerd:I don't see much posted on run flats. Has anyone tried them on their Bolt or heard of them being used? We have them on our Mini Cooper and are pretty happy with them (saved my wife once).
The tires on the Bolt are also self sealing. It sounds like the OP is unaware of this.I don't understand the value of run flats considering they wear faster, cost more, weigh more, perform worse, and sometimes cannot be repaired after a puncture.
A plug kit costs $5, and a cheapo tire inflator at Harbor Freight maybe $10, or you could get CO2 cartridges. Plugging a tire takes 3 minutes. The other 5% of issues that cause a tire to go flat that a plug kit cannot fix will require a tow.
If venturing outside of cell service far from civilization, you're better off having a spare tire.
Taking live fire from the enemy is a good reason to have run flat tires.
They're stiff, heavy and expensive. Most regular tire shops wont deal with them because it takes a special machine and tech to handle them without damaging high dollar wheels. IE Lambo's, Ferrari's, ETC!Nice lookin' Bimmer, Dr.
Nice to hear your extensive experience with plugs has been as positive as mine...
The reason I'm interested in EVs (and the Bolt in particular) is due to my inclination towards efficiency. I find plugs to be time efficient, cost efficient, and weight/space efficient.
Run flats are superior in time efficiency, but then quickly fall behind if you factor in waiting for a repair at a tire shop in the instances where a plug could have fixed it in 5 minutes.
I haven't had any experience with run flats, so I am curious to hear anecdotes from those who have used them.
Seem to recall that they won't internally patch the tire if you install a plug. ... I do remember having someone else install a plug and had it blow out at highway speed. ... Have always had my tires patched after that experience.
While I can understand that an internal patch would have an impossible time sealing against the film of sealant goop in the tire, I would think that that a gummy-worm plug, put in from the outside could work well, since the vulcanizing fluid would be making a seal with the side-walls of the puncture channel.Lesson: You cannot patch the self-sealing tires found on your Bolt.
THEN they told me they CANNOT place a patch in a self-sealing tire.
This is not true. See this post for the official instructions from Michelin for repairing the self-sealing tires. I recommend that every Bolt owner print these out and keep a copy in the glove compartment in case a tire shop tells them they can't fix the tire....I can understand that an internal patch would have an impossible time sealing against the film of sealant goop in the tire
I believe this kit can be ordered as an accessory. It came as standard (both the compressor and the can of sealant) on Canadian Bolt - so I'm assuming that it's on the Canadian standard equipment list just as the DC fast charger is.The OM (pp. 289-95) shows that they originally planned to provide a "Tire Sealant and Compressor Kit" (specific cutouts in the black styrofoam base of the trunk well). My guess is that when they went with the self-sealing tires, the Kit went by the wayside!
My premier came with self sealing tires and the compressore with the goop in the trunk.... I am in Canada Eh!I have had one flat tire on my Bolt (3 weeks ago). I drove on 6 psi to a gas station (thank you Sheetz for free air) and refilled it to 38 psi. I could not feel a nail/screw. The pressure held steady for 5 miles of driving then began falling. I got to the tire shop with <10 psi. I then saw/felt a piece of metal protruding from the tread. I told them it was a self-sealing tire. The tech removed the wheel from the car and the tire from the rim. We could not feel it through the sticky goop opposite the tread (not the sidewall) of the tire. THEN they told me they CANNOT place a patch in a self-sealing tire. He pulled out the 1.25" x 0.25" (tapered to a point) piece of steel. He remounted the tire on the rim & filled it with air. I have been driving on it without ANY noticeable or pressure-sensor measurable leak ever since. Lesson: You cannot patch the self-sealing tires found on your Bolt. The OM (pp. 289-95) shows that they originally planned to provide a "Tire Sealant and Compressor Kit" (specific cutouts in the black styrofoam base of the trunk well). My guess is that when they went with the self-sealing tires, the Kit went by the wayside! I did buy a 12-volt air compressor (Home Depot, $25) and small (5-inch, $5) needle-nosed pliers to carry back there also.