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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 11-07-2013, 12:51 PM
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Have flat on RFT

My new x1 will be delivered Sunday or Monday - got a flat on RFT this morning! 2011 328i w/ 45000.
It went very very flat, refilled w/ air - went back down in about 1 hour - gonna try the slime treatment - Pep Boys said it would last a few weeks.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:55 PM
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My new x1 will be delivered Sunday or Monday - got a flat on RFT this morning! 2011 328i w/ 45000.
It went very very flat, refilled w/ air - went back down in about 1 hour - gonna try the slime treatment - Pep Boys said it would last a few weeks.
That sounds like a serious cut or defective tire - Slime will destroy your TPMS. You may be on the hook for a replacement tire. I recommend trying to find a used one via the forum ASAP.
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:13 PM
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update on flat run flat

Tried fix a flat - did not hold air - you could see the foam leaking out thru the tread. took it to Discount Tire where they quickly repaired the tired gratis!!! happy ending
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:38 PM
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Tried fix a flat - did not hold air - you could see the foam leaking out thru the tread. took it to Discount Tire where they quickly repaired the tired gratis!!! happy ending
Sounds like you lucked out this time
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:15 AM
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Have flat on RFT

If the car is brand new the dealer will replace the tire. I think they are covered for the first 500 or 1000 miles you drive on it or something like that. If you have the tire insurance they are covered for the duration of the policy.

On my previous Audi I took the car to a local shop and they repaired the RFT for $10. Stay away from the slime for a repair. Use it only for emergencies.


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Old 11-11-2013, 10:41 AM
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Tried fix a flat - did not hold air - you could see the foam leaking out thru the tread. took it to Discount Tire where they quickly repaired the tired gratis!!! happy ending
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Love Discount/America's Tire. They are my go-to flat repair shop, since they always repair for free because I'm a customer, and they patch from the inside, the right way. The only downside is that there are a couple of brands of run-flats that they will refuse to repair based on those companies saying that their tires are 'throwaways'!
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:10 PM
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Their policy of free flat repair earned my business for life. Unfortunately, many RFT's are "NOT repairable" according to the manufacturer. Depending on the damage, good old tire plugs can prove to be highly effective. Theydon't require a rebalance, and are less costly. I recently turned in a set of Conti's with one tire that had three plugs in it. I drove this tire on the front end for another 20K miles, at speeds often over 100 mph. At $600+ per tire, this non-repairable tire would have cost me $1800 ($600 X 3). Plug Kits are $5 at WalMart. Compressors are $10.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:09 PM
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Try Dynaplug. Check it out here: http://www.dynaplug.com I have no affiliation with them. It just works. I keep it in my glove box. Don't believe that crap about RFTs not being repairable. They are.
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:12 AM
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ANY truth to the rumor that a RFT tire has to be removed and replaced at a shop with a special mounting machine?
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Try Dynaplug. Check it out here: http://www.dynaplug.com I have no affiliation with them. It just works. I keep it in my glove box. Don't believe that crap about RFTs not being repairable. They are.
I like this one. Add a pump, and you're done.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:31 PM
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ANY truth to the rumor that a RFT tire has to be removed and replaced at a shop with a special mounting machine?
The BMW dealers and some tire shops refuse to repair RFTs. The rubber is stiffer so maybe the tire plug doesn't work as well as on conventional tires. On my previous car I have had flats and the local gas station plugged it up for $10. That tire experienced two more flats in its lifetime so I don't know if they were all related to the same puncture.

Since RFT rubber is stiffer and side walls thicker than conventional tires, I am guessing they need specialized equipment to install them on a rim.


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Old 11-27-2013, 09:40 AM
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The tread rubber for a RFT is no different, then the multitude of other tread rubber combinations in non RFT's. That is why some tire life is 15K and some 60+K miles.

The sidewall of a RFT does contain an insert to maintain the sidewall height/stifness in the event of loss of pressure. However no special equipment is necessay to install. Most tire machines have electric motors and mechanical advantage to stretch/install the tire to the rim.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:52 AM
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Tried fix a flat - did not hold air - you could see the foam leaking out thru the tread. took it to Discount Tire where they quickly repaired the tired gratis!!! happy ending
What did they do to repair the tire shortstop? Plug? Patch? New tire?
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:30 AM
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assume they plugged it - it was in the tread - not sidewall
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:35 AM
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assume they plugged it - it was in the tread - not sidewall
I was curious if they used an actual patch (which they would need to remove the tire from the wheel) or just the common plug.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:57 PM
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Re: Have flat on RFT

America's Tire always removes and patches, then re-balances, which is why I like them.

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Goodyear and their affiliates say that the only PROPER and correct way to repair one of THEIR run on flat tires is to use a PATCH and a PLUG and a complete RE BALANCING.


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There is a combination patch with plug that they pull from inside tire to outside. Seals the whole thing up so no water can rust steel belts from outside.
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Old 02-03-2014, 02:37 AM
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There is a combination patch with plug that they pull from inside tire to outside. Seals the whole thing up so no water can rust steel belts from outside.

Thanks for the update 0w40X1. For some silly reason I thought it was two pieces, an actual plug and a patch? I did a search last night and saw it's a combined patch that has a wire running thru it and it's pulled thru the puncture. It's a couple of extra steps to install one of these plug patches, but looks like the best way to go.
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