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Posted by A Sherman on October 7, 2006, 8:44 pm

Follow up:

As indicated above, I mailed a road hazard claim to Toyota Roadside Assistance
back in July.  I hadn't heard anything and was going to call them to follow up
on the claim, but hadn't got to it yet.  Today I received a check for the
complete cost of replacing the tire.

Thanks again to mrv for reminding me of the coverage.


Posted by Bob Wilson on July 25, 2006, 12:15 pm

I noticed my used Prius didn't come with the special tool for the
locking lug nut on each tire. Noticing a little asymetrical wear, I took
it to a tire shop for rotation and told them, "I do not want those
locking lug bolts and don't have the tool. Can you take them off?"

As for the tire, I put pressure sensing caps, 40 psi, on all of the
wheels. That front tire with the unusual wear pattern has a persistent,
slow leak. I have to top it off about every 6-8 weeks. Next time I'm at
the shop, I'll ask them about fixing it and/or put in a can of

Bob Wilson

Posted by Michael Pardee on July 25, 2006, 11:34 pm

I had to help a friend who had a flat tire, a locking lug nut and no special
tool. I called Discount Tire and the method they use (worked for me) is to
select a quality socket slightly smaller that would fit over the end, then
drive it on the locking lug nut. It was so rapid and inconspicuous that I
have great doubts the locking lug nuts do anything to deter planned wheel
thefts. The only downside is that the socket ends up jammed on the nut and
has to be driven off.


Posted by Bob Wilson on July 26, 2006, 1:36 am

<AHEM> Why? I hope it was curiousity. I would discarded both.

Bob Wilson <grins>

Posted by Michael Pardee on July 26, 2006, 2:14 am

I was surprised how soft the locking nut is. The Craftsman socket worked
just fine afterward - otherwise I would have taken it back to Sears saying
"I don't know what happened. It just did that." <8^P


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