Consumer Watch: Tires and dealing with potholes

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The only thing worse than getting a flat tire from hitting a pot hole is the thought of changing a flat tire in these temperatures along the side of the highway. That's why inflator and sealant kits, as well as run-flat tires are becoming more popular.

"Standard low tires cannot withstand zero pressure," Chris Cooper, an auto service owner, said. "A run-flat tire does not need any pressure for a short duration of time until you can get to a shop that can repair or replace it."

Cooper said he sees both positives and negatives with run-flat tires. On the plus side, they increase fuel economy, decrease vehicle weight and give you more trunk space because you don't have to carry a spare. The downside, however, is the run-flat tires are more expensive and provide a bumpier ride.

The important thing is that you do your research when car shopping. Find out what options come with your new ride and more importantly, how they work.

Experts tell Angie's List some run-flat tires can be repaired if punctured, while others cannot. It depends on the manufacturer.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

 

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