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#4648046 - 01/27/18 02:16 PM Flat on interstate - permanent damage?
CBR.worm Offline


Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 1833
Loc: Jupiter, Fl
My wife was driving on the interstate at ~ 80 MPH when her left rear TPMS warning lit up, she said she watched the tire pressure start dropping and pulled over. She said the pressure dropped from 35 to 7 in about 20 seconds.

When I got there to put the spare on, I could see the two lines on the pavement from where the rim was pressing directly on the rubber on the road - I could see this for a short distance. There is wear on the letters, but no discoloring that I can see. The tires are about 2 months old - 265/35/18 Continental Contisomething or another.

I have the free tirerack road hazard warranty, but it sounds like a hassle to go through the process without obvious drastic damage, and I can't do anything with it quickly. It looks like a nail or screw punctured the tire and then came out. The hole itself looks easily repairable. I'm looking for some guidance as to whether I should just plug it (quickest), order a replacement tire from Tire Rack and then possibly try to retroactively go through the tirerack roadhazard process (not as quick), or maybe take it somewhere to have it patched (do people still do that?) and have them evaluate it - I just don't know where I would get an objective opinion. The tire was not particularly expensive compared to any risk with my wife and kids in the car.


Thanks!
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#4648049 - 01/27/18 02:19 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10341
Loc: OH
Call up/email Tirerack and see if they'll replace it. You should receive a new one is a few days. You have the spare tire. Worth a shot and nothing to lose. If it was driven on too long not worth the risk. And it probably was, just a guess and you can't say for sure since you weren't present. Esp at hwy speeds.

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#4648050 - 01/27/18 02:20 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
CKN Offline


Registered: 10/14/14
Posts: 3777
Loc: Utah
The tire is toast. The damage will be evident when it's taken off the rim.


Edited by CKN (01/27/18 02:20 PM)

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#4648058 - 01/27/18 02:26 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CKN]
car51 Offline


Registered: 03/12/15
Posts: 10382
Loc: Southwest PA
Originally Posted By: CKN
The tire is toast. The damage will be evident when it's taken off the rim.


Yeah, I see that everyday. Cooks the sidewalls in seconds rendering tire junk
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#4648068 - 01/27/18 02:31 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
CBR.worm Offline


Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 1833
Loc: Jupiter, Fl
The tire looks like this:
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#4648069 - 01/27/18 02:33 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
CBR.worm Offline


Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 1833
Loc: Jupiter, Fl
You guys are quick - I didn't expect so many replies while I was trying to get the pictures up.
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#4648073 - 01/27/18 02:37 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10341
Loc: OH
I pm'd Capriracer to take a look at it. He will know for sure. But I still say toast.

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#4648081 - 01/27/18 02:41 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 3028
Loc: USA
I was wondering how this happened but now I see that the sidewalls are really quite short. I'm sure TR will take care of you if you have the warranty.

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#4648101 - 01/27/18 03:10 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
bdcardinal Offline


Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 11083
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
That line around the sidewall just above the ContiProContact is a dead give-a-way that the tire was driven on flat. When you take the tire off the wheel there will be black dust and chunks which is part of your sidewall. Tire cannot be repaired and must be replaced.
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#4648109 - 01/27/18 03:23 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
CBR.worm Offline


Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 1833
Loc: Jupiter, Fl
Sounds like a consensus. I will see if I can get TireRack to honor the road hazard warranty without too much hassle, but regardless, I will get a new tire.

Thank you all for your input - it is greatly appreciated!
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#4648124 - 01/27/18 03:48 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4904
Loc: MA
I believe if you take it to a tire shop, the way they plug it is from the inside of the tire so they'd have to dismount it. Once they take it off, they'll see if the rim destroyed the inside of the tire or not.

There's a few places around here that don't charge much for flat repairs, Town Fair Tire charges about $5 for balancing the tire afterwards and Goodyear does free flat repairs, don't even charge for balancing. I prefer to get a price match, that way there's no mailing tires. Most places will price match an online price, usually the only drawback is that they include tax, but usually that gets balanced out by free mounting if you buy the tires there. Costco gives you a 5 year road hazard warranty, Tire rack I believe is just two years.

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#4648125 - 01/27/18 03:50 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 3609
Loc: New England
Continental has the first 2/32 free road hazard warranty. I just went to a conti dealer who ordered replacement in bubble tire(severe hit) and I just paid a small install fee.

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#4648146 - 01/27/18 04:12 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9117
Loc: Ontario, Canada
The tire shop will look at the inside of the tire on the sidewall and if there is anything abnormal there, the tire is junked for sure.
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#4648156 - 01/27/18 04:19 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41896
Loc: New Jersey
One time I got a flat - a small square piece of metal something bounced off a truck. It was in a very inopportune place that had no shoulder. Traffic was light and I liked on the slow lane.

I was amazed how hot the tire was from just a short way on the sidewalk, and how scuffed/damaged it was.

Get a new tire, and teach your wife to change it herself. No reason for her to sit in an unsafe condition waiting for you to show.

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#4648170 - 01/27/18 04:37 PM Re: Flat on interstate - permanent damage? [Re: CBR.worm]
bigjl Offline


Registered: 09/06/12
Posts: 2221
Loc: London, England
As CKN says when the tyre is taken off you will know for sure.

Loads of rubbers shavings

My wife has done it twice, both times with a nearly new tyre.
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