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Hello everyone,

I have a flat tire (likely due to a nail or similar object) in my run flats (!) on the rear passaenger side of my 2LT C7. I have it patched up for now. I realize I need to replace it sooner than later but I am coming across conflicting messages about whether the warranty covers this or not. Traditionally nails and sharp objects are not covered but I am seeing a few posts that before 12000 miles or within the first few months everything is covered. I was unable to find a clear answer in the warranty. The tires are all stock as of now.

Any guidance is much appreciated.

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Road damage is not covered by the new car or new tire warranty. In fact, tires aren't covered at all by the GM warranty, that's all on Michelin. You need a road hazard insurance policy on the tires to get punctures covered. BTW, properly patched, the tire should not require premature replacement.
 

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I looked into the gm tire/wheel warranty while waiting for my car, it was around $600+ as I recall. I considered that too high and it had pretty onerous terms (go to the gm site and look up their warranty offerings). Last week I had to change out the wheels on my wife's lexus because the chrome was flaking causing the tire to loose pressure and the wheel guy pointed out that the sidewalls on the 2 yr old michelins's were cracking (googled michelin tire cracking - major recall issue with many disgruntled people). I purchased the the tires at America's tire with the additional hazard warranty so they were replaced with comparable pirelli's with no hassle. I asked about tire insurance for tires not purchased from them. The salesman looked up the vette and said it could be done for just around $215 for all 4 tires. I just had to bring the car in for them to inspect the tires, only have 1100 miles on them. Considering the Z51 tires go for about $400 out the door this is cheap insurance and since they are michelin's the sidewall cracking could rear its head later. On my '02 Lightning truck, I was always getting drywall screws in the sidewalls ($300 for a new tire) which could not be fixed so the insurance paid for itself several times over. Cheap insurance in my opinion. I'm going to buy the insurance for the vette next week.
 

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Welcome to our forum Bloodroze. As Mark noted in post #2 there is no normal coverage for road damage unless you purchased that when you got your Stingray as some of us did. My guess is that some dealers on their own may have worked something out for their customers, especially if it occurred very soon after pickup their Stingray. A proper patching job should result in no further issues for a thread puncture.
 

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Welcome to our forum Bloodroze. As Mark noted in post #2 there is no normal coverage for road damage unless you purchased that when you got your Stingray as some of us did. My guess is that some dealers on their own may have worked something out for their customers, especially if it occurred very soon after pickup their Stingray. A proper patching job should result in no further issues for a thread puncture.
Agreed. Some will not run w/patches...but unless your road racing IMHO your safe. TiireRack and others sell road hazard coverage for the future.
 

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I looked into the gm tire/wheel warranty while waiting for my car, it was around $600+ as I recall. I considered that too high and it had pretty onerous terms (go to the gm site and look up their warranty offerings). Last week I had to change out the wheels on my wife's lexus because the chrome was flaking causing the tire to loose pressure and the wheel guy pointed out that the sidewalls on the 2 yr old michelins's were cracking (googled michelin tire cracking - major recall issue with many disgruntled people). I purchased the the tires at America's tire with the additional hazard warranty so they were replaced with comparable pirelli's with no hassle. I asked about tire insurance for tires not purchased from them. The salesman looked up the vette and said it could be done for just around $215 for all 4 tires. I just had to bring the car in for them to inspect the tires, only have 1100 miles on them. Considering the Z51 tires go for about $400 out the door this is cheap insurance and since they are michelin's the sidewall cracking could rear its head later. On my '02 Lightning truck, I was always getting drywall screws in the sidewalls ($300 for a new tire) which could not be fixed so the insurance paid for itself several times over. Cheap insurance in my opinion. I'm going to buy the insurance for the vette next week.
Excellent advice. I went to Discount (same as America's) and purchased the road hazard certs for $230. They won't sell them for every run flat such as Pirelli unless you purchase the tires too. The reason, Pirelli does not certify a patch, Michelin does so more than 50% of the time they can repair your Michelin where 100% of the time they have to replace the Pirelli.
 

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Thank you everyone for your guidance. I will take it in to Discount/America's Tire today to get insurance on all 4. The only issue is that the insurance/warranty is based on thread wear and the OEM Michelin Super Sports already have such shallow threads, it won't be too long before the thread is too thin to be out of warranty.
 

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Thank you for your replies everyone.

I took it to discount tire and got it patched. As you guys mentioned, the prior Corvette models outfitted with Pirellis would need a tire replacement since Pirelli does not certify a patch. Fortunately for the C7s, Michelin does so and Discount Tire repaired it free of charge and all is well now. I also went ahead and purchased road hazard insurance for all 4 tires from Discount Tire so in case this happens again I am covered, whether a patch or a full replacement is required. The total cost for all 4 wheels was just about $200, which is about half of the average replacement cost for the C7 tires. The insurance is good as long as the tire threads are above a certain amount - usually for a 2-3 year period under normal driving. Let me know if anyone has a similar issue and has any questions.
 

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Thank you for your replies everyone.

I took it to discount tire and got it patched. As you guys mentioned, the prior Corvette models outfitted with Pirellis would need a tire replacement since Pirelli does not certify a patch. Fortunately for the C7s, Michelin does so and Discount Tire repaired it free of charge and all is well now. I also went ahead and purchased road hazard insurance for all 4 tires from Discount Tire so in case this happens again I am covered, whether a patch or a full replacement is required. The total cost for all 4 wheels was just about $200, which is about half of the average replacement cost for the C7 tires. The insurance is good as long as the tire threads are above a certain amount - usually for a 2-3 year period under normal driving. Let me know if anyone has a similar issue and has any questions.
Thanks for posting this info! I just returned from Discount Tire. One nail removed, one tire patched, 4 tires now have a warranty, and one big a$$ smile on my face!
 
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Is there a way to consolidate the threads and random posts having to do with "C7 Tire Repair"?
Yes, but someone would first need to take the time to search and identify all the posts across threads. Are you volunteering? ;):rolleyes:
 
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Hi Bloodroze I took my car to dealer where I bought wheel and tire warranty and they replaced tire that had a nail in it. Take car to dealer. Good Luck
 

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Hi Bloodroze I took my car to dealer where I bought wheel and tire warranty and they replaced tire that had a nail in it. Take car to dealer. Good Luck
This is the third instance I've seen on the Forum where the dealer said no to C7 tire repair whereas tire vendors such as Tirerack, Discount tire etc. do repairs. Has anyone had a C7 tire repaired at a dealer? Mine said no.
 

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Yes, but someone would first need to take the time to search and identify all the posts across threads. Are you volunteering? ;):rolleyes:
Tnx Jeff. Not sure I can do that but I would offer moral support if it could be done. Maybe just combine the 3 or 4 threads that involve this topic. As time goes on, "C7 Tire Repair/Replacement" is going to be a topic of increasing interest.
 
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