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Old 11-02-2014, 05:39 AM   #1
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Got a stealthy flat..........

Going from Los Angeles to Bakersfield.

Going 75 on the 99 freeway and am almost there when I start to feel a vibration.

Feels like when the road gets rough.

Slow down a little, no change.

Change lanes in case it's that particular lane, no change.

Other than the vibration, car feels normal, no pulling, and doesn't feel or sound different when you hit a bump




Decide to get off freeway, when I'm on the off-ramp vibration goes away.

Now I'm thinking it may have been the freeway surface, but I'm going to check anyway.


Park in parking lot near exit, and start to smell burning rubber......

Get out and find left rear tire flat.


When I finally get the tire off, I can see a tiny little piece of sheet metal in the tread.


Evidently it didn't seal the hole like a screw or a nail would. (where the tire goes flat overnight sitting parked)


Wonder how long it took to slowly lose enough air to start a vibration.


And I think the tire is ruined because the sidewall is soft all the way around where the side wall would have folded against the ground.



Never thought the tire pressure monitor systems were worth anything till now. Wonder if I would have had a warning if the car actually had a TPMS....


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Old 11-02-2014, 07:54 PM   #2
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The little piece of sheet metal wasn't the problem. It was just a staple.

No sign of what did the puncture.



Started adding air, and found a hole in the middle of the tread.

Which would be good, except that the sidewalls started to look wavy and bulgy.

So the tire is probably toast.
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New tire time.

You could add a TPMS system, new tire is still cheaper.
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Boy was the inside of the tire ugly looking.............

Inside liner was chunky and separated from the sidewall.
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Good you replaced that

Heck of a Demo on what driving underinflated can do to a tire...
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