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Flat tire: well it had to happen


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#1 OFFLINE   fotomoto

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 04:50 PM

I've always said that since I spent money to buy a jack and spare tire, I'd never need it.  WRONG!  Got a low tire notification on my phone at work and came out to find this.  Several minutes on the pump wasn't improving things so I decided to jack it up to help but no improvement.

 

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I keep the spare in the garage so I had to get the wife to bring it to me as home is close by.  If I got lucky, I could make it to the tire repair store before they closed but after removing it I found this on the inside sidewall!  

 

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And to add to my bad luck no local store has the tire in stock so I'm glad I had the spare to get me home.

 

 

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#2 OFFLINE   rbort

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 05:02 PM

Did someone vandalize your tire?  There is No way No how you could have gotten that while moving and didn't notice, the tire would have been flat on you within seconds.  What do you think happened?

 

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#3 OFFLINE   fotomoto

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 05:38 PM

I highly doubt any vandalism because it's on the INSIDE sidewall.  If it was on the outside, I wouldn't have even tried to air it up.  Plus, it's not a sharp knife like cut.  I drove home for lunch and back to work but don't recall anything out of the unusual.  Since it was on the right rear, I didn't walk by it on either leg of that trip so it could have been losing pressure but not low enough yet to trip a warning.  


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#4 OFFLINE   rbort

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 06:17 PM

That big rip in the tire, does it go all the way through?  Something like that can happen if you hit a pothole, but generally speaking the tire will be totally flat in 1 minute flat.  I would have suspected that you would have recalled hitting something to cause this.  Its weird and yes its on the inside so perhaps not vandalism but something had to impact the tire to cause this.  Think back maybe you remember something?

 

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#5 OFFLINE   Levi Smith

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 06:13 AM

Yowza.  Yeah, that's one of those ones where my plug kit isn't going to help.  

 

Another reason to get a set of snow tires/wheels.  So I have a spare if/when needed!

 

 

Hope you find a good tire that matches well in model and tread depth!


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#6 OFFLINE   bro1999

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 08:15 AM

Man, that sucks. Good thing you had a spare.

 

I wonder if you could pursue a warranty claim? Michelin tires have a 6 year limited warranty. Sounds like this could have been caused by a manufacturer defect.



#7 OFFLINE   fotomoto

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 10:17 AM

Yes I'm definitely going to pursue a warranty claim as it really looks like a defect and only has 17,500 miles.  

 

Nothing local so I had to shop online and got one from tirerack.com because they were the shortest shipping but even so it won't arrive till Tuesday.  Walmart online was a few sheckles cheaper but would take nearly two weeks to get to my local store.  Amazon also had really good pricing but 5+ days shipping even for prime members.



#8 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 01:13 PM

You could have looked at eBay, they do have new tires for less and quick delivery. :smile2:

 

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#9 OFFLINE   komondor

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 08:05 AM

you need to check how old the tires are http://www.tirerack....e.jsp?techid=11

 

article on old tires, for ebay I would want the serial numbers

 

http://www.edmunds.c...your-tires.html


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#10 OFFLINE   IslandTractor

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 06:24 PM

Looks to me more like the tire was ripped by an object on the road than a manufacturing defect.  My wife knocked out a tire on my Mazda by hitting a piece of metal in the road and it made a similar unrepairable tear.

 

Bad luck.

 

How did you have a spare?  I thought we didn't have spares but it looks like you had a donut spare???



#11 OFFLINE   fotomoto

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 12:37 PM

Update:  well I'm really glad I had a spare as it took a week to get the tire in and installed.  UPS decided that my tire should, after leaving the Louisiana warehouse, take a tour of west Texas before heading south adding a couple of days.   :drop:

 

I kept the old one and inspected the inside for any punctures through the tread part of the tire but couldn't find anything.  I did find out that a local and previously only thought of as only an independent store is in fact a Michelin dealer so I do have a local resource if I do try to pursue a warranty, pro-rated claim. 



#12 OFFLINE   fotomoto

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 12:40 PM

How did you have a spare?  I thought we didn't have spares but it looks like you had a donut spare???

 

No, we don't.  I bought one off ebay.  IIRC, it was for a Focus but not totally sure.  There's an extensive thread on the hybrid forum.  You'll need a scissor jack and wrench too.



#13 OFFLINE   blandman

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 12:14 PM

I had my local tire shop make up a full sized spare that I keep ready for situations like this. It has saved me a few times, and is reassuring when travelling back and forth from the Bay Area through highways in rural Northern California (in the mountains west of Redding/Red Bluff). I would not want to drive on those roads on a T-tire. 










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