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Nasty surprise

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by AMGeed, May 3, 2018.

  1. AMGeed

    AMGeed Senior Member

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    I took the wheels off the E55 today to repaint the hubs with Hammerite and on taking off the o/s/r wheel I found this on the inside rim. 20180503_112909.jpg 20180503_115803.jpg

    More than likely caused by a pothole,not one but two splits in the wall. Its lucky its been spotted now as I dread to think of that failing at high speed.
    Got a new one ordered from Tyreleader at £104.75
    https://www.tyreleader.co.uk/car-tyres/falken/ziex-ze914/265-35-r18-97w-430407
     
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    Lucky find buddy . Despite the cost of the new tyre . Doesn't bear thinking about if that went wrong at speed .
     
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    Wow that is bad. Either big pothole/sharp pothole or those annoying speed "cushions"
     
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    That's dreadful. Apart from a cursory glance, most of wouldn't dream of looking inside like that - we check the tread and the outside wall for scuffs and hope it's okay for the pocket...

    Sorry/but glad you found it!
     
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    Yikes! That could've been very unpleasant if undetected!
     
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    John Laidlaw Senior Member

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    Shocking Roger!
     
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    Exactly Dave. Unless its being serviced or MOT'd, how many of us take the wheels off to properly inspect the inside tyrewalls?

    I'll be checking far more often.
     
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    Wow..... do those splits go all the way through to the cords?
     
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    Only time I’ve seen pressurised rubber products behave like that normally is extreme over pressure fracture or low temperature fracture, never been unfortunate enough (yet) to experience a stress fracture like that!
     
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    ^ No Alistair, just a mm deep through the outer layer of rubber thankfully.

    I dread to think I did silly speeds coming back from Heathrow a couple of weeks ago if it was already like that.
     
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    seen quite a few tyres do this over the years , poor build quality imo
     
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    Hmm something caused it and I don't think its down to build quality. I 've had 7 others in the past without a problem.
     
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    I was advised of a smaller cut in a front tyre of my Fortwo during its MOT on Mon. I blame bl**dy potholes in t
    I had a smaller version pointed out to me on Monday during my Fortwo's MOT. Down to out atrocious potholes roads .... IMHO

    Two new tyres required but fortunately they're only little
     
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    That has been cut by a pot hole of speed bump!!!!
     
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    I'd be very interested to see what the tyre fitter says about that. I'm not convinced two splits in the same tyre would be pothole damage.
     
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    Thats bad luck.
     
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    I've used Falken ZE912's & 914's for the last 10 years, their build quality is not in question.

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    The more I look at the pictures the less convinced I am by this being an impact break resultant from potholes. Any examples I’ve seen are bulged as well as cracked and as AMGeed mentions it’s not through the reinforcements. Bit baffling.....
     
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    Good to hear, I’m just about to press the button to buy some! :)
     
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    Just glad you found it.
     

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