? apparently this edit screen doesnt like apostrophes. who knew.
I know this is an old post but I thought I?d resurrect due to my recent issues. I?d driven my ?12 t&c for about (now I forget) about 65k with *0* issues before deciding to get new tires, then subsequently decided to get the Pacifica. I got some good Michelins at costco, and not 2 weeks later was losing pressure in the one on a regular basis. I actually had to take it in for a patch the same week I took delivery of my Pacifica order.
Fast forward from Dec to May, my husband takes my van to work that day while his Jeep is being serviced, and comes home with a low tire (these are the Falken ziex on 20? factory). We go out to dinner locally and find that the tire drops about 10# per trip. We pulled over halfway home and I got the inflator kit out. I heard hissing so I decided to use the flat repair. After running it for a few mins I see the fluid bubbling out of the sidewall (!!!) I give up and we limp home the last few miles at about 17lb and run back out to grab a jack, since the one from the jeep couldnt raise it up without crushing the trim around the jack point. I jacked it up just enough so that it didn?t rest on the rim (trim was still being bent though), and ordered the tire online since it was Memorial Day weekend, and no service depts were open to even see if they had that tire in stock. My local auto care would order, but it would be at least 4 days and they wanted close to $200 for the tire.
I ordered from tires-easy.com and get it for about $160 delivered, fyi for anyone trying to replace this exact tire. Anyway, I got the tire, took it up to a tire center to have it mounted, and brought it back home and put it on. About a month later, a different tire kept losing pressure, and since we were about to be off on various long distance trip, had that patched (screw in the tread).
Now two weeks ago, I come out of the store and see that the same tire now has a cut across the tread. We?d been in DC several times over the last couple months at baseball games, going through construction areas, so that?s the only thing I can think may?ve happened. There?s no telling how long it had been like that, since it hadn?t been losing pressure, but still made me nervous. Ordered another tire from the same place, and had that swapped out last week.
After all of this I bit the bullet and bought the spare from Amazon. It comes with the mounting bracket and all which I don?t need, so it just lays loose in the stow-n-go well along with the included jack. Another compressor was not included, not sure if an order from your dealer would include that or not. I imagine I paid for all that bracket garbage when all I need is the tire and the folding jack.
It doesn?t fit as gracefully in the footwell as I?d hoped, I removed the styro thing in the middle as that only holds the compressor, gas funnel, and tire iron, so I threw in some of the craft paper that the wheel kit was wrapped in to keep the jack from rattling around.
Moral of the story? I use the vacuum alot, and I don?t regret getting it. But I also don?t want to be at the mercy of my cell signal or the van?s signal to request help if I?m stranded. These tires (or my luck) have proven to be lacking so far.