What a Thursday.

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  1. wheelsup_cavu

    wheelsup_cavu Well-Known Member

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    I spent most of Thursday August 13, 2009 dealing with this "event."
    It happened just before I got up to speed on the freeway.


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  2. GrauGeist

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    Dang man...

    That just has all the elements of "sucks" written all over it!

    Good thing you were able to get 'er over safely. Did the rim get hammered, or is it still usable?
     
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    wheelsup_cavu Well-Known Member

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    I am pretty sure the rim is still useable.
    I had it towed and put the spare on the truck when I got home.
    What a chore...
    Getting the tread unwrapped from the axle took the longest.
    I am just happy as heck I wasn't going 65 when it gave out.


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  4. Colin1

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    Good thing it was at the back end too
    Leaf spring suspension - haven't seen that in a while :)
     
  5. wheelsup_cavu

    wheelsup_cavu Well-Known Member

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    It's a 93 Ford F-150 on her last legs.
    Over 200,000 miles and an engine that is very weak.
    I am probably going to use the cash for clunkers program to get rid of it.


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  6. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

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    Might want to have a close look at your brake line from the axle housing to the wheel cylinder just to be on the safe side. Looks like that tread remnant was wrapped up there pretty tight :(
     
  7. evangilder

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    Yikes! I have had my share of flats, but that one was ugly. Definitely want to make sure the rear brakes are okay after that. Car no start, you have a problem, car no stop, you have a BIG problem.
     
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    Thanks GG. I looked it over and it seems to be OK.
    I had the whole rear end off the ground on jack stands to change the tire.
    I don't trust a standard jack alone to do the job.

    I haven't driven the truck since then but I have looked for fluid leaks on the ground.
    So far no leaks on the ground or cracks in the line that I can find.
    It is something I am going to keep an eye out for though.


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  9. wheelsup_cavu

    wheelsup_cavu Well-Known Member

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    About a week before it happened to me I saw a truck (F-250) on the side of the freeway with a similar type of flat.
    His was in the front though. :shock:
    I remember thinking at the time "How in the heck do you let a tire get so bad that could happen?"
    I shouldn't have got so high and mighty. :lol:


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  10. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    Damn that sucks! Glad you made it out alright...
     
  11. wheelsup_cavu

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    Thanks Adler.

    I have to say it was a unique experience looking in my mirror and seeing chunks of tread flying around.
    Having a tire fall apart didn't affect the ride either.
    It felt pretty much the same, bumpy, bouncy and rough. :lol:


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  12. GrauGeist

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    Back in the early 80's, I had a front wheel bearing come apart on my '62 Nova while I was westbound on the 10 coming up on Etiwanda, by the old airfield. I was in the fast lane when it let go. Lost my tire, rim hub (with brake drum)...it was ugly, man. Traffic was cool though, and let me over. I had to E-brake it because the old Novas had a single line off the master, and when the hub (with tire/rim) came off, the shoes flew apart, dumping the brake fluid.

    Not something I want to do again.
     
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    Yeah, that sounds like a pucker factor of about 10, Dave!
     
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    Gotta go with Adler on this one....your guardian angel was lookin out for you this day, that puppy coulda let loose at speed, in traffic, and coulda been MUCH MUCH worse! Tires are easy to replace! Limbs...not so much.
     
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    Glad your ok Wheels. Looks like it could have been a lot worse.
     
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    Bl**dy h*ll man! Glad that you're alright!
     
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    I'm glad you are ok, but dam that's impressive how the rubber wrapped around!
     
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    Damn wheels. Good to see you got her stopped in one piece.
     
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    That's a nasty one, if I ever saw one - I'm happy that you could walk away from that one in one piece, and with very limited damage on the car! ;)
     
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    Fu*kin A man, bad blowouts are never enjoyable....
     
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