Split­ting lanes

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SPARE A THOUGHT

SHOULD you have the mis­for­tune to have a punc­ture in a front tyre half­way to Bro­ken Hill from Mildura, a dis­tance of about 300km, the fol­low­ing ac­tions have to hap­pen.

First, re­move your wife and three kids. Next, re­move most of your lug­gage. Lo­cate and re­move space-saver tem­po­rary tyre.

Then jack up the rear of the car and re­move a back wheel and re­place it with the tem­po­rary tyre. Then pro­ceed to jack up and re­move the flat front wheel and re­place it with the full-sized rear wheel.

Next, re­place your lug­gage and fam­ily and pray you make it to Bro­ken Hill with the car lean­ing to one side at the back as the supplied tem­po­rary wheel is much smaller in di­am­e­ter.

Don’t for­get to drive very slowly to pro­long the ex­pe­ri­ence as the max­i­mum speed on the space saver is 80 km/h.

I find it amaz­ing that Kia only fits a tem­po­rary tyre to a big com­fort­able cruiser like the Grand Car­ni­val. Do they think peo­ple only drive them in the metro area?

Ed­ward Lith­gow, Dunolly Vic The vast ma­jor­ity of car­mak­ers are mov­ing to fit space-saver spares, or even punc­ture re­pair kits in their cars, to save money, space and weight. Sadly, now it’s a fact of life.

CON­SID­ER­ING A KIA

I HAVE signed up for a Hyundai ix35 High­lander which I am hav­ing trou­ble get­ting due to lead time blow­ing right out. I am try­ing to get my de­posit back and have just started look­ing at a Kia Sportage Plat­inum. What are your thoughts on this model over the ix35. From what I have read on­line thus far, the Kia seems to han­dle a lot bet­ter.

David Ol­daker, email The Kia does have a bet­ter ride and han­dling pack­age, and is a lit­tle cheaper. But the two cars are clones and that means Kia has sim­i­lar de­liv- ery de­lays to Hyundai— es­pe­cially on the diesel mod­els.

ROADS TO RUIN

WITH our roads be­com­ing worse with pot­holes etc through a lack of main­te­nance by the gov­ern­ing bod­ies, l thought you might high­light the dam­age that can be sus­tained to 18-inch al­loys. It must be huge right across Vic­to­ria and the only way to get com­pen­sa­tion is through le­gal ad­vice.

Steve, email Big wheels means very low-pro­file tyres and less im­pact re­sis­tance. An­other sad fact of life these days.

Space­saver tyre: an­gry af­ter a pun­ture in Kia’s Grand Car­ni­val .

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