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nate
12-28-2001, 07:46 PM
Big time tire failure. I am home for the holidays for a little while and I get a call while posting on here that she had a flat. Of course, I was just expecting a standard nail in tire which is a problem when you don't have a spare. Looks like the sidewall caught something going around a turn or simply failed. Maybe because she never keeps them inflated enough, I pumped in about 10 more PSI about 2 weeks ago. Maybe too much pressure on a weakened sidewall :confused:

The rim may be destroyed too.

nate
12-28-2001, 07:47 PM
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nate
12-28-2001, 07:47 PM
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nate
12-28-2001, 07:48 PM
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Doesn't look good

nate
12-28-2001, 07:49 PM
5

The LR tire. It is worn and needs replacing, but far from dangerous. No wear bars either.

nate
12-28-2001, 07:49 PM
6

Tire shard behind the car.

Alex Baumann
12-28-2001, 07:50 PM
Nate, how old is that tire?

LilEccentricJ
12-28-2001, 07:54 PM
She was ok, right? I mean it wasn't an interstate she was on or anything that could have ended in a wreck?

My wife keeps telling me to get new tires... I think I'll heed her advice and go with the SO-3's.

Patrick
12-28-2001, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by nate328Ci
The rim may be destroyed too.

Damn! I hope your mom is OK. Probably shook her up a little.

The wheel is shot from the looks of it, but how many miles were/are those tires driven? They look pretty worn out!

Patrick

nate
12-28-2001, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by Alex Baumann
Nate, how old is that tire?

18K miles, about 13 months

And, she was on city streets, no danger :)

gek330i
12-29-2001, 12:14 AM
Are those Conti Sport Contacts?

That's what I have in my 13 month old 330i with 24K miles and mine don't look that worn. Could it be because they were underinflated for long periods of time like you said?

I check my tires about once a week or at the most every two weeks in fear of having this kind of failure on a crowded highway doing 65mph! Glad that wasn't her case.

OT: the pics are good quality, even so for flash pictures... what camera is it? thanks.

Alex Baumann
12-29-2001, 05:35 AM
Nate,

the tire wear (from those pics) is looking a bit too much to me for 18K. Either they're bad quality tires or your mom is a rally driver :)

Alex

geomax
12-29-2001, 07:06 AM
She was very lucky that didn't happen on the highway! Wow..the tire just disintergrated. Looks very worn for 18k. My guess is that the side wall got damaged from underinflation. Might be able to save the wheel, but odds are that it got damaged anyway since with the low pressure, a pothole could easily bend it.

ALEX325i
12-29-2001, 09:08 AM
Happy New Year!

nate
12-29-2001, 10:05 AM
Originally posted by gek330i
Are those Conti Sport Contacts?

That's what I have in my 13 month old 330i with 24K miles and mine don't look that worn. Could it be because they were underinflated for long periods of time like you said?

I check my tires about once a week or at the most every two weeks in fear of having this kind of failure on a crowded highway doing 65mph! Glad that wasn't her case.

OT: the pics are good quality, even so for flash pictures... what camera is it? thanks.

Yes those are Contisports. Some people on the .org have gotten less miles out of them. I think my little sister used to do a lot of doughnuts in them or something :D My mom drives it pretty easy, at least with me in the car. The tire went out around a right hand turn, so this leads me to think that the sidewall failed either by the turn alone or by picking up a nail in the turn and combining it with the weak sidewall.

It is a Nikon Coolpix 995 :)

Oh, and new tires are on order from the tirerack. The car will be at the dealer until Wednesday. RE730s are the choice.

webguy330i
01-26-2002, 11:12 AM
Originally posted by nate328Ci

Oh, and new tires are on order from the tirerack. The car will be at the dealer until Wednesday. RE730s are the choice.

That, sir, is a fine choice of tire. Glad it turned out ok!

Nat Brown
01-26-2002, 11:13 AM
I would strongly advise against the RE730's. I had them on my 540i and they were obnoxious. They're loud, mediocre performers that have problems with cupping and uneven wear.

Stick with Dunlop or Michelin tires -- that's my opinion.

--gary

2002 330i, Jet Black
SP, PP, HS
966 Miles
Somewhere in France

webguy330i
01-26-2002, 11:39 AM
Originally posted by Nat Brown
I would strongly advise against the RE730's. I had them on my 540i and they were obnoxious. They're loud, mediocre performers that have problems with cupping and uneven wear.

Stick with Dunlop or Michelin tires -- that's my opinion.

--gary

2002 330i, Jet Black
SP, PP, HS
966 Miles
Somewhere in France

I had them for almost 15,000 miles on my Civic Si before I sold it. Never had an issue...

nate
01-26-2002, 11:39 AM
Originally posted by Nat Brown
I would strongly advise against the RE730's. I had them on my 540i and they were obnoxious. They're loud, mediocre performers that have problems with cupping and uneven wear.

Stick with Dunlop or Michelin tires -- that's my opinion.

--gary

2002 330i, Jet Black
SP, PP, HS
966 Miles
Somewhere in France

They were mounted on the car a long time ago. I drove it once. They were pretty good, I thought they were acceptable. I have heard mostly positive things about them. She does not need a max performance tire and won't notice the noise if what you say is true. I'll be able to test them some more when I visit in a few months.

Btw, I LOVE my Bridgstone tires :thumb:

evilfactoryowne
01-26-2002, 07:36 PM
didnt that happen awhile back? That still looks scary!

bol
01-27-2002, 04:03 AM
I've had a Continental All-Season blow out much like that on me on a 320i...
http://www.scizzors.net/misc/second_day_at_work.jpg

It was a loaner car so it was probably bagged on.

___lk___
01-27-2002, 09:24 AM
the Pliot Sport A/S (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/michelin/mi_pilot_sport_as.jsp) is a terrific choice for your mom's car. Highly rated, even when tested against summer performance tires (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testResultsModel.jsp?tireModel=Pilot+Sport+A%2FS&tireMake=Michelin).

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/images/michelin/mi_pilot_sport_as.jpg