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Old 02-17-2017, 11:12 AM   #21
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That's a nice looking jack. I couldn't find it w/ a quick Google search or on Amazon. Where did you find it?
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:20 AM   #22
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Thanks to the OP for this post first time reading, new to run flats myself. Question, to you add slime to run flats, if yes, I'm guessing that's to be able to finish your trip (greater than 100 miles) rather than driving to repair facility to have tire fixed or replaced. My understanding once you use slime in a tire it can't be repaired.
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:26 AM   #23
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That's a nice looking jack. I couldn't find it w/ a quick Google search or on Amazon. Where did you find it?
California Car Cover makes one that looks identical (maybe labelled for them?) $200 bucks.


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the little extra money is well worth it. at my age i'm not trying to fix a goofy tire in cold rainy/snow at night/day anytime anywhere because i can afford to. i don't full around i replace all 4 tires
...i don't change my own oil either.


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Unless you can get the tire off to work on the hole, you have a problem. Slime is an option but in a suit & tie is not my idea of work clothes to fix a flat. Run Flats are my choice and they could be made of stone and I wouldn't care. If my wife is alone in the car and gets a nail in the tire, slime, fix-a-flat, jacking up the car, whatever WILL NOT APPLY. She will be stranded and that is NOT an option that I consider good.

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Thanks to the OP for this post first time reading, new to run flats myself. Question, to you add slime to run flats, if yes, I'm guessing that's to be able to finish your trip (greater than 100 miles) rather than driving to repair facility to have tire fixed or replaced. My understanding once you use slime in a tire it can't be repaired.
Use to be and I think it may still be slime is only used in an emergency as it use to ruin the sensors. But maybe that has changed? In an emergency IF you ruin the sensors who cares?

BTW I got my jack at harbor freight........ its a basic flat screw jack. Have not used it in 17 years except to practice and when lowering my cars I use it as the secondary jack.

Each to their own. I just switched from the Stock runflats on my Z to Contis DWs and I can guarantee the ride is much improved.

But I only drive the car wife never does and I am a shade tree mechanic. If you don't have the abilities or are unsure please do not try to do this on your own.
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I recently had a 'flat' on a Continental runflat which is OEM on my ATS coupe. The TPS said 10# but you couldn't tell when driving or when looking at it. It was single digit temps here in MN when that happened; if not a runflat I would have been stranded. My Caddy dealer dismounted the tire, patched it from the inside and reprogrammed the TPM for $60. A screw was the culprit. They had no problem doing the repair and didn't try to tell me a new tire was needed. My C7 gets used on road trips in the Summer and I appreciate the peace of mind the RF's provide.
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Use to be and I think it may still be slime is only used in an emergency as it use to ruin the sensors. But maybe that has changed? In an emergency IF you ruin the sensors who cares?
It used to be the case that Slime and some other "fix-a-flat" sealants messed up TPMS sensors, but that is no longer the case. They are now all rated TPMS safe, and those that aren't are probably no longer in business since the vast majority of vehicles on the road have them by now.
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I run MSS non-runflats on my C7 and have had two flats on my commute over the past year on the Ortega Hwy which is not flat-friendly. Prior to that I got multiple flats on my daily drive Mini Cooper on the same stretch of road but have never been stranded. Both times in the C7 have been extreme in terms of tire trauma but I made it to work or home without losing pressure to where I couldn't drive.

I carry a Slime kit in each car but have only had to use the pump to keep air in the tires so far. To be honest, I will probably switch back to runflats on the next tire changeover. The C7 is my dd so I do want the security of runflats. Not looking forward to the cost though.

Razor in C7 MSS


3/8" bolt in C7 MSS


Adding a little insurance pressure with the above razor in the tire


Small jack I carry for the C7


The jack says tested at 2000 lbs-aren't you afraid to lift a 3300 lb vette with it?
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:54 PM   #29
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The jack says tested at 2000 lbs-aren't you afraid to lift a 3300 lb vette with it?
I only lift half the vehicle at any one time at most. I would have to put it under the center of gravity to lift the entire car. Most roadside jacks are less robust than this one since you are usually only lifting one corner of the car to change a flat. Remember the jacks they used to put in the cars 20-30 years ago? Those were some rickety-looking contraptions.

Here's a Mercedes jack many of us use for our C5's.
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You're not lifting all the car's weight when you jack one corner. It's probably 1/3 or less so the jack is at half capacity.

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My Z51 Coupe (2017) has the Michelin run flats and then I got one of these, fits right in the mini cubby compartment in the rear. I hope to never get a flat (haven't had one in 23 years) in the car, but if it happens, that Slime kit could really save the day.


I have one of those too, but I have to bring you bad news. The pump in that kit is junk. I've tried it and it doesn't get the tire much above 20 psi. Basically the pump wears itself out trying to fill the tire.

The VIAR works much better.
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My Z06 will keep its ZP tires but my ATS gets all season regular tires for winter instead of its ZP summer tires and I bought a Slime kit for it with probably a better compressor than the smaller slime kit but it will NOT fit the Z06 storage compartment. It is the 70004 kit, around $60 on Amazon.
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$20 to $25 Harbor Freight


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The reason I went with the VIAR was I had a cheap HF tiny compressor that toasted itself the first time I used it. The VIAR is pricey, but generally you get what you pay for. I don't use the Z06 as a daily driver, it is a fun toy and so is the mini (F56JCW-juiced). I run the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ on it and if they become available in a 20" tire that will fit the Z06 is what I will put on it. I prefer the handling of standard tires, particularly in hard corners and they are less weight. I don't berate anyone for using them or not using them, they simply are not what I want. If I shred a tire I will call the rollback and wait. It took me about 30 minutes to remove the nail, plug the tire and inflate it to 35 PSI while on the car (mini). The C7 could be more problematic due to tire width, but it still can be plugged while on the car.
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It is the 70004 kit, around $60 on Amazon.
That's the same pump pictured in my post above where I was filling the rear tire on the Ortega Highway last year. I used it several times and it fills the tire quickly with no problem.
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That's the same pump pictured in my post above where I was filling the rear tire on the Ortega Highway last year. I used it several times and it fills the tire quickly with no problem.
That little pump is surprisingly fast at filling tires. I haven't needed it for my own tires yet but I have used it a couple of times on trips for friends and relatives. It is much nicer than the factory kit that was in my 2008 CTS which had a very anemic pump.

Although Slime doesn't provide clear specifications the pump in the smaller kit is supposed to fill a normal tire in 8 minutes while the larger one in the 70004 kit is rated to do it in 3 minutes.
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I also purchased the Slime 70004 kit, and that pump is surprisingly fast. It fits perfectly in the area under the convertible top and also has velcro on the bottom of the case, which adheres it nicely to the carpet--no sliding around.
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My Z51 Coupe (2017) has the Michelin run flats and then I got one of these, fits right in the mini cubby compartment in the rear. I hope to never get a flat (haven't had one in 23 years) in the car, but if it happens, that Slime kit could really save the day.


I have this also Just in case because I have these which are great for my 3 seasons of driving!






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Yep, great tires.
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Michelin all season non runflat. I could have driven this hundreds of miles with just my compressor and monitoring the TPS.
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