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AutoMatters & More: Flat Tire Drama & “A Beautiful Planet”

AutoMatters & More: Flat Tire Drama & “A Beautiful Planet”

The Tale of the Flat Tire

Flat tires rarely happen in convenient places and at opportune times. Compounding the inconvenience is the unfortunate fact that new cars increasingly do not have a spare tire. Instead, they either come with run-flat tires or a so-called tire repair kit, consisting of an electric air pump and a can of goop that will seal a hole in a tire (but the use of which may void the tire’s warranty). Neither no-spare tire solution will do you any good in the case of a catastrophic tire failure, if it is damaged beyond repair.

My story begins in Orange County, California where I was attending the four-day...

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