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mgirardo

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Posted: 08/16/19 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We own a 1999 Ford Taurus, it is a second vehicle and doesn't get used too often. It runs great and really hasn't given us any trouble. I rotated the tires back in November and used the doughnut spare to assist me in rotating them. The spare was fine then. The spare is stored in the trunk of the car.

My wife was driving it on I-95 about 85 miles away from home and had a blowout. She called AAA to put the spare on. When the mobile service arrived, he found a large hole in the spare that wasn't there back in November. I did have to put air in the spare at the time since it hadn't been used since the last time I rotated the tires.

She had a soccer ball that had been left in the car explode once and she thought she had a blow out. I can't imagine what a tire exploding in the trunk would sound like.

Anyone else ever had a blowout from a tire not in use?

-Michael


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Posted: 08/16/19 09:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know of two people who had Carlisle spare tires blow out on the back of a RV. Both were fairly new tires as well. This was before the new and improved Carlisle tires came out.

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Along time ago bias ply tires were all there were. I waswithmy Uncl on the road in Indiana. He heard tire thump.
Got out and changed the left rear. We wtcched as the knot on the tir got bigger and about the time he was going to lift it into the trunk its very large swelling and it went bang.

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Generally a spare in the trunk won't age as fast as the other tires due to no sunlight.. But that's under a metal trunk lid.

Now a "Contential" mount (common on vans and such) with a fabric cover (Transparant to UV) ages FASTER than the tires in service.


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I had a dry rotted 12 year old spare pop in the trunk of my 1988 olds Ciera once. Full size 14 inch tire that had been on the car for about 10 years, and then about two years in the trunk. It scared the heck out of me when it popped, as I was driving through a pretty tough neighborhood at that time, and my first reaction was it must have been a gunshot. It was only a few days later when I open the trunk And saw the decorative cover blown apart by a piece of separated tread that I realized what the noise was.


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Posted: 08/27/19 06:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was working framing a garage for a guy that was into changing rims and tires for any different occasion. There was a stack of newly mounted tires and rims about 30 feet away. I heard a noise, looked up and saw the tire on top suddenly burst with a loud gunshot like sound. It blew out right before my eyes and on a cold day too. The owner tried to blame me somehow, but assured him it wasn't anything I did. He is lucky it blew while not on the vehicle and no accident.

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To add to the story, she was making her way home from NJ. She left NJ about 3:45 in the morning and had a strange incident on I-95 just north of Baltimore, MD. She had the radio on, when something happened. She thought it might have been a blowout, but then realized the sunroof had a softball size hole in it. There is a sunshade that normally covers the sunroof, but she realized it was the sunroof when she heard glass cracking and flying off the roof of the car.

Originally, we thought maybe someone threw something off an overpass or something came flying off a vehicle on the overpass. Since it was about 5:30 am, I was leaning more towards something coming off a vehicle on the overpass. I'm curious if it was the blowout of the spare that caused the sunroof to break. Fortunately, there was a Walmart at the exit, so she grabbed some duct tape and a tarp, cut it to size and taped it to the roof.

-Michael

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