So yesterday was the KCH2O annual meet and greet get together. It was about a 2 hour drive there maybe 80 miles in, my tire decided give up. It blew out while I was going 75 - 80 mph. Lucky for me, there was no body in the right lane so I was able to pull over pretty quick and the actual beads are all still intact so the wheel was never really on the pavement.
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I dont know what the hell happened. The tires are brand new, and had maybe a little more than 100 miles on them since I put the wheels on last sunday. I pumped 50 psi in the tires but I doubt that was the problem. Stretch was 205/45 on a 17x8.5 so nothing too ridiculous. Even the outside tire face, the side wall is very soft so we were all assuming it was a tire failure. What do you all think? Should I call up falken or is that due to stretching? I cant complain to a tire shop since I mounted the tires my self :/
Anyways, I could have had it towed back home but that would have been $400+ so I said **** it, and carried on to the meet with hopes of borrowing someones spare (since I dont have one).
So I get there, grab someones spare and throw it on. All is well. Hang out with everyone (great meet/gathering btw) and then I fell trying to climb over a wall and scraped my leg a little bit. Shortly after, I got bit by a dog
After a few hours I decided to leave and went about 5 minutes before I had to pull over again. There was a loud scraping noise coming from the passenger front wheel well. I figured it was the wheel bearing since I heard the scraping sound every once in a while but after the tire failure, it was even worse! So just my luck, I had to have my dad come and drive all the way out there with a uhaul trailer and pick me up
Luckily, I checked everything out today and the bearing seems fine...it was the stupid brake cover/dust shield. I guess it was pretty close to the rotor before and after the tire incident, it somehow got worse because the cover was right up against the rotor. It was a quick fix but it is probably good that I trailored the car home since the spare sounds funny at 20+ mph. I am pretty sure it isnt rubbing but who knows.
Anyways, the weekend was very eventful; I lost $215 from the first tow, need a new tire, scraped a good bit of the paint off the front valence, have a scraped leg and a sweet dog bite. At least I dont need to buy new bearings and I got good mileage going all the way there
Moral of the story, be careful on your way out to shows!