Monday, May 23, 2011
Travel Day - Tire Blow Out
2 hours from BOOM we were on our way. He said it looked like impact damage to the tire - South Carolina road trauma. So we changed our plan. A quick search on my phone and I was dialed in on a campground, 50 minutes away. So now we are tucked in safely and thankful.
I read a lot on the blogs about tire age, replacement and such. I have spoken with several tire sales staff, shop personnel and the Ford Dealer. I spoke with the repair tech today. All have said that tire age is one concern. More important is regular inspections and evidence or wear or age. These tires are going on 10 years old. There is no exterior sign of needed replacement. I have had them inspected several times. This tire is in very good condition, and the side wall blew. The tech said the type of damage is consistent with impact stress. He checked all the other tires and they are good. He says (as have the others) that new tires blow too; they do a LOT of road side assistance off of I-95 here in NC. So, I got back on the road comfortable with the situation, except that I need a new spare. To be continued....