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Posted: 05/05/06 04:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well I finally got to see a blow out in real life today. Thought I'd share.

Thankfully it wasn't me that had it but is was on the cube van (e450 chassis no less) that was in the other lane and just in front of me. Big chunks of tire came at me and it sounded like I was going through a sand storm (small bits I guess). The Cube driver didn't even notice right away but the pop (boom) was quite loud to me. it was the right inside rear that blew. I didn't see any damage to his unit - I was busy dodging bits of tire on the highway at 100KM/hr but I can totally see how a blown tire could shred the underside of a fiberglass C.

Even though I'm pretty good at checking pressures, I'm going to be doubley good now!

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Posted: 05/05/06 05:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The second luckiest man on the planet was a guy behind me the other day. I hit one of those retreads from a big rig( a full ring ) . I had no choice, the guy infront of me swearved as he had a clear lane to his right, I didn't because of a big truck. I hit it full on with the front left tire. It created a noise I will not soon forget.

Anyway, it flew about 15 feet in the aid and headed for the guys windshield behind me. He couldn't move over either, but it flew over his car and landed hard behind him. After that it was a lot of brakes and swearving behind him.

I stopped, looked at the vehicle, no damage, but never want to hit one of those again.


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The inside tires get less airflow to cool them and more heat from the brakes. SO they tend to hive a higher rolling pressure. Higher pressure means they carry more weight. Add in the crown of the road and the inners carry more weight yet.

The spec for the allowable pressure difference between dual tires is all within 5 psi of each other. I air up my outers 2 psi higher than my inners to help compensate. It makes the rig handle better as well.

* This post was edited 05/06/06 05:03pm by HiTech *

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Yea, a couple of weeks ago, the guy in front of me hit an "alligator" and threw stuff all over my coach. Luckily all that happened was a black tire mark on the front of my coach that I was able to polish out.

I know that truck drivers have to make a living, but that stuff lying all over a highway, )particularly an Interstate) is dangerous.

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Yep, the right-inside is one of the most common to go, due to the road curvature issue. It tends to be loaded more heavily than the right-outside.


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Hate when that happens. Only thing worse is a loose tire and rim. Boy do those things bounce. Had one bouncing around and popping four feet up a couple of years back on the freeway.
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I saw a tire blow on the trailer of a semi, it was 5-8 car lengths ahead of me and it was loud nough to startle me. It also took off part of the trailer cladding stuff was flying everywhere!

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HiTech...Does any tire manufacturer recommend that practice? I think not. We often travel on roads (depending on the lane in some case) with no crown.


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As far as they are concerned the inners could be 5 psi over the outers and meet their spec - all within 5psi. This would make a noticably wallowing rig IMO. Since it is statistically impossible to set all tires to *exactly* the same pressure (e.g. one might be 78.020 psi and the other 78.640), I prefer to make sure it is my outers that are slightly higher.

I saw a semi blow a retread Friday and it sounded like a shotgun went off.

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A 30 ga or a 20 Hi Tech?

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