:cry :cry Any time I get to run about town in the beast is a great day and this one started out just that way... took it for it's oil change, and then started on a hunt for a part for my '49 Ford F1 pickup project... needed a new radiator overflow resevoir. Anyway, went to several auto parts stores and no deal there... finally all the way south of town to a used parts store and tromped through almost half of their advertised 3000 vehicles there an still no luck finding a match... I guess I should say that "Freddie", my F1 Pickup, has a 289 Cobra engine in it, a C4 Mustang transmission with Hurst shifter, and a 3/4 ton rear end... so not a stock truck any more... so on the way back home, decided to get the beast cleaned up so I could take it to the weekly Saturday evening auto show near by in north Round Rock, and when I was waiting in line at my favorite car wash, the guy said "did you know you had a flat tire?" :banghead :banghead :eek :eek Those were the words I have been dreading to hear... sure enough I walked around back and the rear right tire was flatter than all get out. Did not see any apparent damage, so got out the air compressor and started to pump it back up before I put any of the fixit stuff in it, and then the real disaster... the air was leaking out of the SIDEWALL as fast as I was pumping it in. I'm pretty sure that it can't be fixed. So now I'm really bummed out... I bought the 5 year roadside hazzard insurance from NSD sold by the dealer. I have never in my life... and it's now a very mature life... have had any type of roadside tire problem. Have had my share of slow leaks from nails, but never a disaster like this one. So call their toll free number for a tow to the Goodyear dealer. Thought that would be the best place to go. This all started at 3PM and it was 4 1/2 hours later that a tow truck finally showed up... by this time the Goodyear dealer is supposed to be closed, but when I got there, there was the guy I talked with on the phone, adding up the receipts for the day. At least something went right. Of course they don't have the tire in stock, and won't be until Monday before they can locate one... heaven only knows when they might actually get it installed. Now will see how this roadside hazzard thing works... they are supposed to pick up the tab for the tow, the new tire, mounting, balance, etc. It was just awful seeing the beast being loaded on the flatbed and then driven to the Goodyear dealer... even worse to have to leave it there until next week some time. I guess it could have been worse if I had been traveling far far away from home on some desolate stretch of interstate in the middle of Texas somewhere. I am thinking seriously about having an extra tire around the house for front and back for just such an emergency... and maybe take it on long roadtrips. It will take a good deal of space in the bed, but may be a best insurance policy... worse thing that can happen is that I will use it to replace the original tire when the tread wears thin. I was very skeptical about not having a spare at all, now I'm sure that this is not a great idea. Especially if this is the kind of response I can expect to get onsite help. AAARRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!