... Wow... Just wow, and I thought I had bad luck.
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!
that tire is gnarly. sorry to hear about your luck
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Hey duder. Yeah I didnt get home until about 1. The only place my dad could find a trailer was half way to saint louis.
You didnt thought on putting tires with the correct width on the rim???? this is exactly what happens if you put a undersized width tire on any rim
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You're in a bit of a pickle, since you mounted the tires yourself, you aren't allowed the standard warranty.
I know that at my tire shop, if a customer comes back with a sidewall blown out, the manufacturer of the tire is obligated to replace it for free because we are licensed tire techs, ruling out the possibility of it being our fault even if it is.
Tire's do blow out for no reason. The sidewall radial belt can be faulty, defective, just like any other car part. It happens.
This is from our Falken warranty claim booklet:
Your best bet is to get in contact with a Falken representative and see if you can get it replaced at a discount. Although even I wouldn't expect that muchOwners Obligations.
At the time of purchase, the tire(s) must be properly installed, balanced, and air pressure set to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation. At least monthly the owner must check air pressure with a gauge and reinflate to recommended level. Every 5,000 miles tires must be rotated. Staggard fitments are not covered by our mileage warranty, and the proof of compliance must be recorded on the Warranty Card.
All warranty claims must be presented to an authorized FALKEN dealer.
You must present your Warranty Card verifying mileage, rotation, proof of date and place of purchase, to make a Mileage Warranty claim. The name of the FALKEN dealer from whom the tires were purchased must be included on the form.
You must pay any costs for mounting, balancing, or any other service charges, including applicable taxes.
Edit: Ignore the guy above this post. Stretching tires has NOTHING to do with the reason this particular tire blew out. Things like this just randomly happen, and I hate hearing that it happened to a fellow vw enthusiast.
Last edited by Konkordmusk; 04-29-2012 at 06:56 PM.
on my way to dod5 i got swiped by a coach bus lucky it just bumped the rear fender and now it looks like i have really bad tire burn but thats it hah. clearly the world doesnt like people going to VW meets lol
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Yeah I figured I wouldnt be able to get a free replacement, or any for that matter. It was worth the thought.
Ive read about people running 50 psi in their falkens, Since they need more pressure to keep the side walls on. I normally (well for the week that I had them) ran around 40 :/
Do you think it was pressure related? All the other ones were at the same psi and they were fine, no soft sidewalls .
I really need to take them to someone. Honestly though, I just need the tire mounted, I can stretch them myself pretty easily with the bike tube method. Mounting them required a few tire irons. Hopefully I can find someone close by willing to do it.
Myself and all others run 45psi in achilles tires to keep bead.
Im running 225 35 on a 10 and 245 35 on an 11.5, rides just fine, I agree with the fact that it was most likely a defect based on where it split.
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man that kinda sucks, glad the wheel didnt get mangled though and you were able to safely pull over after the tire gave out.
I agree that 50psi in a tire probably won't blow it if it is just sitting there...but when you are going 75mph the pressure may increase to ~60psi because of the heat gain. Now that is ridiculously dangerous in my honest opinion....