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Flat Tyre

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So today i discover that one of my 18 x 35 x 215's at the front is almost flat.Seemed to happen by either bumping it up the kerb or one of the thousand pot holes i seem to encounter. Because of the profile of the tyre they run on flat ok. Whilst out today i visited Tesco to inflate it. All the machine did was to let more air out. So got a 20p refund. Now i watched and did they put a "out of service" on it? Course not. Of i went to a BP station and in fact went to one each side of the road and both had the same problem as the Tesco one, let even more air out!!! Thinking I must be doing something wrong, I tried it on another wheel and pushed the pin in on the hose, No air. Still the same so i went home and used a foot pump all ok now. Even after refunding me , neither of the stations put an out of order sign on the machines.Most of the nozzles were bent or dented due to misuse as i have seen people just drop them on the floor instead of assisting them back into the machine.

Just a note of caution not to rely on them.

David

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I'm like you and don't trust any of the retail sheds or Oil companies with their fuel station facilities. One of my biggest gripes was with Shell who charged 50p/5mins of air at one of the outlets I used to use. That meant every time I used it, I got bullied off as soon as the last tyre was inflated by a local thug who wasn't prepared to pay the 50p as it only takes a couple of minutes. I complained to Shell staff three times and they just shrugged it off - couldn't care less. Never used them, or that company again.

As for the accuracy of the gauges, I was always dubious as to the service standards on those since comparing them with the readouts at the two MOT garages I use, so am now reliant on my own compressor and separate gauge.

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Good thing that it runs on flats so no having to have carry a spare wheel in the rear or freezing to death putting gunk in. Amazingly other than a bump on the pot holes you wouldn't even notice it was flat. No pulling on the steering etc

David

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