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05-03-2008, 09:19 AM #1
Firestone can kiss my ...
Well this was about a week ago, but i had a rear tire blow out on me while going down the interstate, cruise set at 75. I noticed the car was acting like there was mud in the rims and getting worse by the second, so i decided something was wrong and tapped the brakes to take it off cruise, and about then the rear end kicks out. I scare the shit outa myself and the car in the other lane, but get it rolled to a stop, open the door and lean out to look at my back tire and (pics Below).
So i look in the trunk for my spare----shit its sitting at home in the garrage, jack?-----nope in the other garage, Lug key?-----later found to be inbetween 2 layered columbia coat, inside pocket. Long story short dad hasto come 2 and 1/2 hours to pick the car up with the pickup and car trailer.
I later found the lug key and got the tire off, and take it into where i baught the damn thing cuz i said it shoulda never done this. Well after agueing whti the firestone rep who said i ran it flat, but this happened in a 20 second time period. I had allso just filled up 13 miles before and it was the tire below the fill spot so i woulda noticed it being flat or even handling different.
So the dealershit sells me a tire at cost to them and i have no choice so i order it. two days later it gets in and they go to balance the tire and oh no now it has a bent rim, the inner bead is bent. To shorten this up, they counterballanced it as much as possible and im gonna try it, see how it works....
05-03-2008, 09:40 AM #2
Glad you and your bird are alright. Fucking firestone, crap tires imho. Only had one blow out and it was at 25 mph so everything was good to go, and guess what, it was a firestone. I personnally will never buy them again.┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐
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05-03-2008, 09:40 AM #3
Interesting. Firestone had their share of problems a few years back with blown tires. Although I have to wonder about some of the circumstances though.
Most tire problems can be attributed to running too low of air pressure. This generates too much heat and the tire literally will take itself apart,,,and this generally happens as you explained in your situation,,,on the interstate going a high rate of speed where heat buildup is more substantial.
I don't mean to imply this is what happened here, but i've seen more times than not, people run very low air pressures, especially winter time, whether on purpose or not I don't know, but alot of people neglect checking the pressure on a regular basis and just eyeball the tires. You'd think people would pay this more attention with all the complaining of gas prices I hear.
This is another problem I see with all these low profile tires that have very little sidewall. They can be very low on air pressure and you wouldn't know by looking at it. Not a good thing.
I've had mine below 20 psi and there wasn't really any noticable visual difference from the other tire that had 40 psi,,,thats kinda scary
Sorry to hear about the mishap though,,,,just be happy that it didn't appear to rip your quarter panel to shreds,,,,it could have done major damage whipping around all that plastic body stuff.
05-03-2008, 09:42 AM #4
You make a good point, but he said he checked them. I check mine every time I fill up, tires can easily cost you big money in gas if not fill properly.
05-03-2008, 09:43 AM #5
Oh wait, he said he looked at them, not checked. My bad.
05-03-2008, 09:44 AM #6
05-03-2008, 09:47 AM #7
Yeah, your right. Don't ever want that to happen to me. Good way to destroy a nice car in a hurry. Your only as good as the rubber on the road.
05-03-2008, 09:54 AM #8
Sorry about your tire man, thats lame...
I will be the first to say it tho... whats w/ the mudflaps? never seen them on a 4th gen before
05-03-2008, 09:58 AM #9
x2 on the mudflaps hahaha glad your ride and you are ok also
05-03-2008, 10:17 AM #10
I had checked the presure in them before i left home, with a tire guage. I always do that before a 3+hour trip, oil, air filter, tires are the main things so they had just been checked 2 hours before....
05-03-2008, 10:19 AM #11
theres a better picture to poke fun at....
05-03-2008, 10:21 AM #12
meh.. doesn't look bad actually
05-03-2008, 10:25 AM #13
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That sucks! What was the specific type of tire? I have the Firestone Firehawk Wide Ovals on my car hope it wasn't them! Yeah the mudflaps look kinda goofy but if they actually serve a purpose then I understand.
05-03-2008, 10:25 AM #14
Yea i dont think they are too bad....
05-03-2008, 10:26 AM #15
Fireston-Dayton, Fusion 275-40 r17 Zrated
05-03-2008, 10:32 AM #16
Nothin wrong with mudflaps,,,,we use them as well for the very same purpose,,,,I have a few cars that we switch them around on,,,,actually we use clips for ours,,,so they can be taken on and off for various cars to protect from rocks just as he stated. Once we are on paved roads I can simply unclip them and toss them in the trunk at the next stop, or on the way to a show.
05-03-2008, 05:23 PM #17
05-04-2008, 03:34 PM #18
fusions are from daton which is a branch of fireston the way i understand it, kinda like firebirds are pontiac, but are still GM
05-04-2008, 05:50 PM #19
I never had an issue w fuzions, I drive em bald all the time
05-04-2008, 06:01 PM #20
what usually causes that type of tire issue is it is ran low on air. when it is low on air, the sidewalls get hotter than normal. eventually, the tire cannot dissipate the heat and the sidewall 'zippers'. been there and done that. i took out a DR, because the valve stem, from being rotted, leaked air. i was doing about 80 mph and the rear started swaying alot. i slowed down. it got real squirrely, so i pulled over. got out and the sidwall was tore up from driving on it. was only less than a mile from the point i noticed the car moving around. now how long was it low before that? who knows.
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