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4:39pm on Saturday, 31st January, 2009:

What are the Chances of That?


Yesterday, I discovered that there was a slow puncture in the front, driver's side tyre on our car. Today, I took in in to Kwik Fit and they replaced it.

Yes, this is the same tyre that was replaced less than three weeks ago following our blow-out on the A1. The same tyre that caused me to buy a full set of tyres so I didn't have to worry about any kind of wheel balance issues. The same tyre led to a bill of £550 at Kwik Fit. That tyre.

The guy showed me the problem. There was a screw, neatly wedged between the treads, point down into the rubber. What are the chances of that, eh?

Hmm, higher than you might think. I'd seen that exact same thing oh, maybe 10 years ago, when I got a slow puncture in one of a brand new set of tyres on the Citroën we used to have. I'd bought four new tyres following a call while I was having the car serviced (this wasn't by Kwik Fit), and then two or three weeks later there was a slow puncture in one of them, caused by a screw in between the treads in exactly the same position as I saw today.

OK, so the people who put the tyres on were different, but still, as my wife said: "It makes you think...".

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