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Old 06-29-2013, 11:44 PM
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It's been about 16 years since I've had to change a tire for my own car on the side of the road, but did many as a AAA tow driver in college, but today reminded me of a few good lessons. So out of nowhere heading down the highway with wife and kids on way to get haircuts I lose the left rear. I'm glad nobody was in the left lane cause it would have scared them pretty good cause it pulled me to the left a bit before I slowed down and pulled over as quick as I could. I couldn't believe what I saw!



note the strip of rubber dust that fell off the wheel when I stopped. I pulled backward and to the right to get further off the road. nice reflection in photo, too bad it's of a shitty situation.

So I managed to get the jack bolt out and the spare tire down without much effort. This does have 50k miles and 3 New England winters so I thought that was pretty good.

Got the spare on which luckily still had air in it, though a bit low I used my little air compressor in the parking lot of the plaza while they were inside.

After a slower ride home and changing back to stock 20's all around, this was the end result, looks like complete sidewall failure, and pretty unexpected. I have driven on these 3 summers and probably 15k miles without much problem. I did buy them used and this was one of the better pair's tires, so they were in the rear.



So lessons learned. Probably better to just keep my spare in the bed since I don't use it for much else and it can easily be removed for the rare occasion. make sure the spare has air in it always, make sure to keep all proper lug wrenches for aftermarket wheels in the truck, probably a good idea to have flares, I used a red windbreaker about 75 feet up the highway, make sure you test the jack system before you're crossing your fingers on the side of the highway and hoping it works. Probably good to have the compressor in all cars, only $20. expect the unexpected to happen and be prepared for it. This would have been a lot more challenging at night but I probably wouldn't have had my family with me which had me hustling to not get hit. I knew a guy from high school who was changing a tire on the same highway I was on last year and got hit by someone and died, wife and two small kids, so I was going quick. A statie did pull up and had emergency lights on about a hundred feet back for the last few mins. He did remind me to pull the spare hanger string back up that I probably would have forgotten about.
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Old 06-30-2013, 01:17 AM
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Yikes, that is definitely a lesson in preparedness, glad it worked out for you though! I had a blowout years ago in my Jeep, at night and on a very dark stretch of country road, thank goodness I had a friend following me in their car. My cell phone rang and about the time I went to answer it, I felt it lol, they had seen my tire going down and tried to warn me. I had a good jack and a good spare and with the assistance of some headlights, I got it done and made it home. Does make you think, though, to make sure you have the stuff you need in case of an emergency.

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WOW glad to see that things worked out for you.

I like to think I'm always prepared.......I have 3 year roadside assistance program good for anywhere in North America and a working cell phone! LOL.....

I have had to change my own tire when I just couldn't wait for CAA to come and get me, but that was on a back road with little traffic.
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just had the same thing happen to me at 230 in the morning on the way to work...always fun
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holy crap, sucks for sure, cool to see things worked out, and no one got hurt either, them blowouts can be more than dangerous.
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I do have roadside through my insurance but I would rather just get it done and be on my way before the tow truck even gets there. Even though I was hustling as a AAA truck driver in college I would still hear people say they were waiting for 45 mins. for a tire change. I felt bad when it was a lady or physically inable male, but you'd be surprised how many times I would show up and there'd be guys all over the place and nobody changing the tire. I would just use the simple jack in the plastic bin and use their spare. Some people are just dumb and/or lazy.
I am now contemplating just storing my small jack in the back of my truck but I don't like the extra weight, plus the oem one seemed to work just fine on the lower shock mount position.
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Oh sure, bring the Jersey Shore into it...

You bring up a point of contention in that you put the better tire in the rear.

I've sold a couple hundred/thousand used tires and there will never be and end to the debate. I think that the issue most people are missing is the instance of tire failure. Tire failure on the rear of the vehicle can have the same effect as hydroplaning, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.




So I personally believe that the geography and climate also contribute to the placement of the best tires.
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so I'm not sure if you misunderstood me or if I misunderstood you. The two better tires were on the rear, at about 50-60% tread life. The fronts have 30-40% left. I did this because of the same reason in the vid, I would feel the front slip and correct vs. losing the rear end. That's why I was surpised that it blew up, it was the 2nd best tire on the truck.
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I do have roadside through my insurance but I would rather just get it done and be on my way before the tow truck even gets there. Even though I was hustling as a AAA truck driver in college I would still hear people say they were waiting for 45 mins. for a tire change. I felt bad when it was a lady or physically inable male, but you'd be surprised how many times I would show up and there'd be guys all over the place and nobody changing the tire. I would just use the simple jack in the plastic bin and use their spare. Some people are just dumb and/or lazy.
I am now contemplating just storing my small jack in the back of my truck but I don't like the extra weight, plus the oem one seemed to work just fine on the lower shock mount position.
Or they got roadside assistance with their vehicle when they bought it, and figured they may as well get their money's worth?
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YIKES!!!!!

Last time I had something like that happen was just over a year ago when I was coming back from a friends house in CT.

Made it all the way home before I found the machine screw in my left front tire.

Thank goodness I was not driving my Ram.
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