[200q20v] heavens to mergatroid, blowout at 90
hah at srv.net
hah at srv.net
Wed Apr 18 12:02:00 EDT 2001
>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...
Ooh, blowout stories. NAC.
1) in high school, '73 1/2 ton Suburban, driver's side rear. Cruising along
a dirt road in Utah (Dad said, here's a gas card, take the old Suburban
down to my ranch partner in Trout Creek) at ~50. Warm day, ~five-year-old
Michelin M+S tires. Hmm, what's that flapping noise (whack, whack, whack)
coming from the back? Pull over gently, oh it's just a piece of tread from
the disintegrated tire hitting the wheelwell. Change to spare (more-or-less
inflated) and proceed along back to "town" (Delta, UT?) - ranch buddy
wasn't home when I got there so I was headed back to a phone - get used
tire from gas station/tire store, call Dad from pay phone, get chewed out
for not just waiting at the ranch. Whee.
2) year and half ago, my GTI, driver's side front. Cruising along freeway
at ~80 (limit +5). Apparently picked up a nail, thanks construction truck.
Hmm, what's that whirring noise getting louder and louder? Pull over
gently, oh it's the rim trying to chew through the deflated sidewall of a
smoking ruin that used to be an SP8000. Big-nail-size hole in tread. Oh
well, they are down to $75 now for the 195-55/14. Change to spare, complete
rest of 800-mile trip on it. The flat happened less than 40 miles after the
start of the trip. Mail-order another SP8k from Tire Rack since there is no
road hazard warranty of course. Whee.
No controllability issues for me in either case, but I wasn't swerving to
avoid rolled Explorers or anything. Might have noticed sooner if there were
some low-speed cornering happening instead of straight-and-level, but
arguably neither of these flats would have happened unless I was right
where I was, doing what I was doing. Oh well.
1991 200 quattro, 112k, no flats yet, amplifier mounted on top of spare
1988 GTI 16v, 217k, valve cores were a little loose on the Hakkas lst fall
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