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Old 09-23-2009, 01:43 AM   #1
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Defective tire????

Guys last night almost bought the farm, heading home from school tonight the moment i got on the freeway i hit something and it sounded like it just hit the under carriage of the car. About three minutes later noticed the steering wheel was tilted to the right even thought he car was straight, i figured it was a flat and slowed it down and pull it over as soon i was into city limits. Less then a minute the wheel turned more to the right and the rear wanted to fish tail, i started smelling burning rubber and bad vibrations rocking the car. Pull the GTO over and the tire itself was completely ripped off from the inside tire wall, and it was slowly being peeled off the rim. Here are some pics, I need your input if this was a defective tire. I believe it was cause if it was a puncture even on the side wall or a sharp cut the air should have left first and still stayed whole. This tire doesn't even have a 1000 miles on it yet.







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Old 09-23-2009, 06:48 AM   #2
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Hard to say, but glad you're alright. Could be but it would be hard to prove. Keep us informed.



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Old 09-23-2009, 09:54 AM   #3
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Nasty! Glad your alright. Seems strange, keep us apprised.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:35 AM   #4
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Back in 2007 there were numerous reports of investigations about GTO tires rubbing against the struts causing wearing and blow-outs. Basically, the Commodore wheel wells were not designed for the large rims that Pontiac was squeezing into the GTO. I don't remember hearing what finally resulted from the investigation. Sorry to hear about it regardless. Glad your alright.
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:46 PM   #5
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Took the tire to the shop this morning, and the guy found a really small puncture in between the threads near the inside wall. Whatever I hit did pop the tire and it went flat, but what trips me out is how fast the tire went to getting ripped up like that. I am assuming with it flat, it moved left to right on the rim as I was driving and cause it to shear at the wall. However i still don't believe the damage should have been that sever so fast, so just for the hell of it they are sending the tire to the manufacture to check it out if it was my fault or theirs. May or may not get a free tire, lets hope for the better.

Moral of the story, the next time I see my steering wheel drifting off center I'm pulling the GTO over asap!
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:49 PM   #6
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Yep things can get ugly in a hurry, best to play it safe. Who knows maybe they will find a defect but don't hold your breath. Remind us of the brand and size again.



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Old 09-26-2009, 12:41 PM   #7
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:05 PM   #8
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That's right you had just gotten these recently correct? I've got the same type except 17 inchers and I think I've got about 10K miles on them. No issues as yours but they are wearing fast. They will probably be down to the wear bars at 15K. I like them but the stickier tires wear quicker. Keep us informed.



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