July 21, 2009
The Magnificent "Tire Separation" Incident
I submit that these pictures should be the illustrations next to the dictionary definition for ripped [off]. This is the second time I've had a tire go wrong on me in as many months. And I just got these tires a few months ago!
When my car started vibrating, severely, I knew something was wrong. When I pulled over to give my tires a once over, I didn't see or feel anything amiss, even though I knew it had to be a problem with one of them (again!). And sure enough, a couple of exits later at 10:15 pm on Sunday, the tire came apart with a bang. I was already driving slower and in the right lane, so when the bang happened, I was able to quickly and safely pull over. Luckily there was a well-lit exit off ramp about a 100 feet away from when the tire blew with a wide area to safely park. By the time I got out of my car, walked around, and gasped at what I saw, someone had already pulled over and offered assistance, which I gladly accepted. The gentleman put the spare on and I was back on the road in 15 minutes! Amazing, huh?
The next day I took these pictures of my brand new tire. I think it's safe to say it was defective! The guy at Les Schwab said the technical term was "tire separation". I was hoping for something a little more onomatopoetic. :)
Good times, huh?
Happy Tuesday!Posted by Amber at July 21, 2009 09:27 PM