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Old 02-21-2008, 06:41 AM   #1
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Tire flatspots - any perm. damage?

Got the car out last night for the first time in a few weeks (too long) and noticed that I had some pretty major flatspotting that took a while to go away (so cold here).

Questions:
1) Will flatspotting do any permanent damage to the tires?
2) Should I fill them to the maximum pressure listed in the tires' sidewalls (18" Dunlops) to help?
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:44 AM   #2
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It should come out after a few heat cycles. Just might take a while or until the Spring due to the current weather.

If you are letting the car sit for weeks-on-end, the tires should be over-inflated to 58 PSI to prevent flat spotting. This is noted in your Owner's Manual.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:43 AM   #3
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What is this, "Owner's Manual" you speak of? Kidding. I did a search, but couldn't find an answer, thanks for the response.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:54 AM   #4
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What is this, "Owner's Manual" you speak of? Kidding. I did a search, but couldn't find an answer, thanks for the response.
HIFI, we have discussed this a lot over the years. Try searching under "Winter Storage" and you will see more posts/threads about flat-spotting.

I also park on top of hard rubber pads you would find in a health club weight room. Bought the tiles at Lowes. The 1st of every month (during winter storage) I also roll the car, by hand, approx. 10-12 inches.

Certain tire bands flat spot more than others. You usually hear that Pirelli's flat spot quickly.
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