Self-Supporting Tires Laramie WY

Local resource for self-supporting tires in Laramie, WY. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to self-supporting tires which resist deflation and sometimes have pressure-monitoring technology, as well as advice and content on run-flat tires, self-supporting run-flat tires, pneumatic vehicle tires, puncture-resistant tires, and self-sealing tires.

Vdr Foreign Auto Repair
(307) 223-5551
1413 S 2nd St
Laramie, WY
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Alternator, Battery, Belts & Hoses, Catalytic Converter, Clutch Cylinder, Cooling System, Diagnostics, Drive Belt, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Filters & Fluids, Fuel Injector, Fuel Pump, Fuel System, Head Gasket, Headlight/Headlamp, High Performance Service, Ignition, Inspection, Muffler, Oil Pan, Oil Pump, Oxygen Sensor, Parts, Radiator, Restoration Service, Shocks & Struts, Spark Plugs, Starter, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Tune-Up, Water Pump, Window M
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Laramie Tire Factory
(307) 745-4004
1457 N 3rd St
Laramie, WY
Services
Government Sales Deliveries,Services National Account Customers,fleetHQ,RV

Wal-Mart
(307) 745-6100
4308 E Grand Ave
Laramie, WY
Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday: 9:00AM-6:00PM,

Plains Tire-Laramie
(307) 745-9033
601 South 2nd St
Laramie, WY
Services
Government Sales Deliveries,Participates In Goodyear National Promotions,Offers Goodyear Credit Card,Services National Account Customers,RV

Greg Mccarty Honda
(307) 745-8921
2102 S 15th St
Laramie, WY
 
Laramie Tire Factory
(307) 745-4004
1457 N 3Rd Street
Laramie, WY
 
Fat Boys Tire & Auto
(307) 742-8241
1772 Snowy Range Road
Laramie, WY
Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday: Closed

Peerless Tyre
(303) 371-4300
1156 N 3rd
Laramie, WY
Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday: Closed

Plains Tire Co
(307) 745-9033
601 S 2nd St
Laramie, WY
Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:30AM-6:00PM, Saturday: 7:30AM-6:00PM,

Wal-Mart Store 1412
(307) 745-6100
4308 Grand Avenue
Laramie, WY
 

Pluses and Minuses of Self-Supporting, Self-Sealing and Auxiliary-Supported Run Flat Tires

Bill Siuru, PhD, PE   

On the left, auxiliary supported run flat tire. On the right, a self-supporting tire Run Flat Tires - enlarge

I just bought a BMW Z4 that comes with run flat tires as standard equipment. There is no spare, not even one of those tiny, compact spares that are used in most cars today. By eliminating the spare, it provides more trunk space especially in sports cars. BMW uses run flat tires on many of its models and they are found on Corvettes, Hondas, Toyotas, Minis and Acuras. The space not needed for a spare can be used for other purposes, such as being able to modify a front-wheel-drive minivan into all-wheel drive one.

There are three basic types of run flat tires - self-supporting, self-sealing and auxiliary-supported. Self-supporting run flat tires are the most widely used. Only about 3-percent of vehicles sold in North America are now fitted with run flat tires, and this expected to grow to only 4-percent by 2011.

The self-supporting design uses stiffer sideswalls so the tire can temporarily carry the weight of the vehicle, even if all pressure is lost. Typically, the side-walls are made of layers of rubber and a heat-resistant cord that prevent the side-walls from folding or creasing. They also have specialized beads around the edge of the tire so they more firmly grip the wheels so they don't come off the rims, even in the event of complete air loss.

Vehicles equipped with this type of run flat tires come with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to alert the driver if the tire loses pressure or completely fails. A TPMS is necessary, otherwise the driver probably wouldn't detect the change in the vehicle handling characteristics because of pressure loss and drive with under inflated tires damaging these more expensive tires, or lead to a dangerous driving situation. Typical run flat tires let you drive about 50 miles at speeds below 55 mph.

Self-sealing tires have an extra lining coated with a puncture sealant that self-seals the tires should they pick up a nail or screw. They are either permanently self-repairing or at least lose air very slowly. First they provide a seal around the object when the tire is punctured; then, fill the hole when it is removed. Because these tires seal the tire immediately, drivers may not even know there was a puncture. Since these tires are like standard tires, the loss-of-air symptoms of a flat tire still gives warning that a tire is severely damaged. Therefore, self-sealing tires do not require a TPMS.

Auxiliary-supported systems use unique wheels and tires so when the tire loses pressure, the flat tire's tread rests on a support ring attached to the wheel. This means the wheel does most of job of providing the run flat ability, minimizing the tire's role. Unlike the tires that wear out and must be replaced, wheels do not wear out. Also unlike the stiffer sidewalls with self-supporting designs that result in a harsher ride, auxiliary s...

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