[200q20v] heavens to mergatroid, blowout at 90

David Schaible dschaible at penw.com
Wed Apr 18 12:24:43 EDT 2001

i definitely knew instantly what had happened and definitely could tell
there was a flat, the tire was totally wasted, the inside sidewall was cut
all the way around but the beads held to the rim so the tire parts didn't
go flying off.  the wheel was not really damaged, fortunately, it was a
steel wheel with a dunlop graspic snow tire, i didn't really inspect it too
closely i believe it just suffered some minor burring and cosmetic damage
to the lip.  there were at least three decent sized pieces of steel
imbedded in the tread.   puts a rush on getting my bbs factory summer
wheels finished, so i'm driving my urq rather than the 20v with the donut
(life is tough ;-) )...interesting side note my spare wheel is a steel
wheel, maroon in color with yellow stickers on it, almost matches the color
of the car giving an "interesting" appearance.

At 10:56 AM 4/18/01 EDT, C1J1Miller at aol.com wrote:
>Haven't had a flat in the 200q, but in a former 4kq, I had a rear tire go
flat a couple times. Could not really tell it was flat while driving...
>In a message dated Wed, 18 Apr 2001 10:41:47 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Phil Rose <pjrose at frontiernet.net> writes:
><< At 8:51 AM -0400 4/18/01, David Schaible wrote:
>>i always wondered what would happen if you had a blowout at high speed and
>>yesterday i had my big chance to find out...i was going a little faster
>>than the flow of traffic (90mph) up a hill on I84 in NY and felt a
>>vibration like a wheel out of balance and less than two seconds later i was
>>driving on my rim.  it was the rear drivers side wheel.  basically it was
>>no issue, i just slowed down and got over the 3 lanes onto the shoulder,
>>three cheers for quattro technology....i think it might have been different
>>if it was a front tire....oh yeah, don't forget to check your spare tire
>>pressure occasionally
>Glad to hear the experience didn't get too messy. Was the wheel damaged?
>The last dramatic "blowout" I recall having was wayyyy back in my 
>teenage years when the standard issue was tube-type tires. I was 
>driving (my beloved 1950 chevy) in town at only about 35 mph when a 
>sudden, deafening "BANG!!" was enough to to get even my teenager 
>pulse rate of to jump a bit. [no smart remarks about teenagers and 
>sudden bangs, please]
>Nowadays, tubeless tire failures thankfully tend to not have 
>consequences as dramatic and threatening as in days of yore 
>(Explorers with Firestone tires excepted). Today's quiet, but sudden 
>failures remain hazardous and potentially deadly, but the term 
>"blowout" seems not as appropriate as it once was to describe the 
>Phil Rose
>Rochester, NY
>mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net
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