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stt007
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I've got a flat spare tire and wanted to get it fixed just in case. Anyone know a good tire repair place in red hook or tutu or anywhere in between? I was thinking of checking with AAA - not sure if they do for free. What is AAA like on stt generally in terms of towing, jump starting, etc? thanks for the lift!

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Topic starter Posted : December 17, 2008 9:09 pm
Trade
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If you need a repair for a puncture, there's an older gentleman in Smith Bay across from the road leading to Coki on the west side of the road at the bottom of Cassi Hill. If you're coming from Tutu, it's before you get to the Texaco station. I always buy new tires at Rodriguez.

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Posted : December 17, 2008 11:34 pm
FL Barrier Islander
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AAA? As in AAA Motor Club? Do they really have that in STT? If so, I would REALLY be interested in knowing that.

We always get our tires fixed in Frenchtown, tire place behind the McDonalds next to Custom Welding. You can get there by water or by land.

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Posted : December 17, 2008 11:35 pm
Trade
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There is a new version of AAA for roadside assistance now in STT. I don't know anyone yet who has it yet, though.

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Posted : December 17, 2008 11:37 pm
vicaptain
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Caribbean Auto is in Tutu. The service is far from stellar, but they can do the job.

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Posted : December 17, 2008 11:43 pm
Exit Zero
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the tire sales place in 4 winds plaza across from Tillet Garden is very good for fixing tire punctures.

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Posted : December 18, 2008 12:04 am
stt007
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A neighbor told me Rodriguez would be good to repair the tire, not only to sell new tires. true?

Trade,
the older gentleman across from Coki road. i think I know the place you're talking about. Do you remember the name of the shop by chance?

We called AAA Motor Club before moving here and they said they do service the island. But maybe they didn't know what they were talking about. Happens alot. opinions are like noses...everybody has one. But i think they may only serve Puerto Rico. I'll check again tomorrow.

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Topic starter Posted : December 18, 2008 12:13 am
A Davis
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Trade, you may be thinking of VI Auto Club, or VIAC. I am a member. I have not had to use them yet, but for not a lot of money per year, I know I have access to 24 hour roadside assistance, and that gives me peace of mind. This is my 2nd year with them.

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Posted : December 18, 2008 4:26 am
antillean
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At Western Auto or KMart or Murphy's you can buy a tire repair kit for $10 which includes an awl and hook and six "patches" made of gooey rope. The repair kit is very easy to use and makes a permanent repair most of the time (unless the tire has a slash and then nobody can fix it). And for about $20 you can buy a cigarette lighter socket powered compressor. The patches will last about a year or two before they petrify, so you will probably only get to use one or maybe two on your own tires, but there are plenty of chances to be a good samaritan and it really amazes a stranded motorist if you pull up behind them and fix their tire in 10 minutes and get them going again! I highly recommend those patch kits - great way to meet your neighbors!

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Posted : December 18, 2008 10:16 am
Trade
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STT, I've only bought tires at Rodriguez so I don't know about repairs but they work really fast & are most helpful. I can't remember the name of the old guy but he's in the end of the building.

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Posted : December 18, 2008 11:39 am
stt007
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Found the older gentleman near Coki. Very nice. Filled my tire with air, checked it and turns out it was just out of air...no leaks. Will wait and check again in a month to be sure. Didn't charge me anything....will go back to him for other work. He does brakes, exhaust, body work. Thanks Trade!

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Topic starter Posted : December 18, 2008 6:00 pm
dylandrewsdad
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antillean,

I have been in the auto industry for 15 years, and those plugs work if done right, however the tire needs to be full of air before using. They also can not be within 2 inches of the sidewall on the tread or anywhere on the sidewall. For punctures on the sidewall a properly installed patch can be used. If it is a spare, I would check it every time the oil is changed-or every three months.

Mike

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Posted : December 18, 2008 7:53 pm
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