Check your tyres!

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  1. Seamster15

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    Please! Had a incident on the A3 last night, the rear nearside tyre on the Whale blew at Motorway speeds.


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    Car was fine and very controlled.

    So, for your own safety and that of your famliy please check your tyres esp the inside edge! (unlike me)
     
  2. Howard

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    Hot Diggedy mate !! :eek:

    Glad your're ok !!!

    (and pleased to hear that the Whale is OK too ;) )
     
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    Glad to hear you're ok
     
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    Glad you're ok, looks like you did well to keep control of it!
     
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    Good for you, controlling the incident. It would have been more difficult had it been the front of course.:crazy:
     
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    Glad to see you're fine! Yes, everyone should check their tyres regularly but I feel that even if you had, this looks more-or-less unavoidable. From experience, half crown-sixpence moments like yours are very rare these days!!!
     
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    Testament to the intrinsic safety of the 5 link rear suspension. Had this happen to me at 70 in the dark after I side-swiped a broken pallet-never saw the bit I hit yet -just the fragments- was amazed at the controlability of the car under the circumstances. Mercs are very stable cars even on 3 tyres.:rock:
    Glad you emerged unscathed!;)
     
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    Good to hear your OK.

    This happened to me also, and thank god it was the rear tyre, i was doing about 90mph and the car became quite hard to handle (had 4 people in the car + me), but thankfully, people near me on the motorway realised, and let me pass into the hard shoulder... it was scary!!
     
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    glad to hear your ok, i had a similar happen to me on my 124 coupe the inside of the tyre had gone straight thru to the wire i was lucky i was around town when the wheel went flat i thought it was just a normal puncture as the car is so low adn without getting on ur hands and knees and looking under the car you would never know the inside of the tyre was so damaged. i check my tyres regularily every couple of weeks.
     
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    The rear suspension clearly needs urgent attention for tracking and link bushes/subframe alignment etc.
     
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    After my subframe had been replaced non of the wheels lined up at all, I had to have the four wheel alighnment done at the dealer when I got the car back.
     
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    Its been two years since it was done and had two MOTS ( last one had an advisory for the rear tyres nearing the end of their life , but nothing untoward )
     
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    The problem with tyres is that they will degrade over time due to UV radiation, heat etc Hard to judge when to change them unless you can see signs of deterioration.
     
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    Thanks for all your comments guys. The tyres were getting on which I am more than aware of so I should have checked them more carefully really.

    Still im really happy with the way in which the car was stable and controlled. Bearing in mind that I was pushing a tad faster than I should have been I have been lucky.

    From the looks of the tyre and the noise which it made when it went I would say that the worn area was smoothed off during the I/2 mile or so which I took me to stop the old girl.

    I suspect a tyre defect, but will know more when I see the tyre in the light.

    Can anyone recommend a tyre shop? the size is 255/45/17. I have found some at around £160inc VAT but of course need two.

    Otherwise I will be on the lookout for a set of winter wheels.

    Cheers,
     
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    "Can anyone recommend a tyre shop?"

    Micheldever Tyres -- easy from where you are:

    http://www.micheldever.co.uk/

    I've used them many times and found them to be excellent. They have top-notch alignment facilities too.
     
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    Just so you don't buy the wrong tyre , they are 225/45/17 not 255/45/17's ;)
     
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    Seamster15 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Lol ! thanks mate. Didn't think that they were the same size as the Porsche ones that used to cost a fortune.


    I'm off to re-calculate!

    Cheers
     
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    You can get 225/45/17 Falken FK452's from Camskill for £65 each delivered , then just find someone to fit them for a drink.

    They're a good tyre , i have them on the rear of the CLK at the mo.
     
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    These sites are quite good and can be used to price match with someone local.

    http://www.etyres.co.uk/
    http://www.mytyres.co.uk/
     
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