I hate pot holes

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  1. Bambla

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    Was out with my 12 week old daughter today on a shopping trip while the wife stayed home but unfortunately on the way home I hit a big pot hole on the M25 junction 5.

    A few mins later I could hear the flat tyre on the road and then the tyre warning light came on, luckily I got to hard shoulder before it ran out. Was a bit scary sitting on the hard shoulder with a little baby in the car.

    Got picked up by the free recovery and then got mercedes recovery to change the tyre which all went well.

    What I wanted to know is if anyone has had pot hole blow outs and whether the tyre would be knackered or could have just popped off the rim.
    I Will go to a tyre shop tomorrow but just wanted to hear your thoughts.

    Looking at the tyre it looks normal, just flat.
     
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    Hi,
    It's not unheard of for the bead to be popped of the rim in these cases, a good tyre shop should be able to check it out but to be honest unless it is a brand new tyre I'd probably take no chances and bin it, or at least demote it to a spare?
     
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    Bambla

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    Cool thank you I'll get them to check it out, tyre has about 3mm plus on it, and the spare is a sexy space saver so won't be any good for that but good idea anyway.
     
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    Fingers crossed for you but when I hit a pot hole in my last car, it blew the tyre, damaged the wheel and broke the suspension arm! Painful and costly.
     
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    Bambla

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    Ended up with a new tyre today, the old one had a 1cm split on the side wall, at least the alloy wheel was ok.
     

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    Not good, hope you didnt have to wait too long to be picked up.
    I hit a pot hole at speed the other day on the A303, it physically made the car bounce ...scary stuff as i nearly lost it into the central reservation. Needed a drink after that!
     
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    Bambla

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    No didn't have to wait to long, about 25 mins, claim now sent in to be reimbursed for my new tyre, sodding potholes
     
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    Who have you sent the claim to? Your insurance or Highways Agency?

    Hit a pot hole last week in the 190E... next day flat tyre... Luckily it just put a slight kink in the rim, no cracks and no tyre damage. Gave it a few blows with a rubber mallet and re sealed the tyre and seems ok.
     
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    you ring the highways agency and then they will pass you to the people who look after that road. I have hit 2 pot holes. One on the M25 Nr J31 and damaged the wheel and after 9 months they paid out. Another was on the M11 nr j7 this i killed the tyre but never got nothing just was so hard to put a claim togeather (even when i got the information from them) Have a look at www.potholes.co.uk and it tell you how to go about it.
     
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    One of the first things I did after getting my W203 was to buy a full size steel wheel and spare tyre ; then threw the space saver into the garden .

    I might put 5 stud hubs onto my trailer and obtain another space saver for it - that way the spare wheel from the car will also fit the trailer ( by mounting it 'inside out' ) . I hate things going to waste .
     
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    Bambla

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    I have sent the claim to a email address my mate sent me, he works with people who process the claims for the M25 and he has spoken to them about my case already,hopefully with his help I will see some money back soon, will let you know how's get on.
     
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    Lets hope your right. I worked for sometime in partnership with them and after a few calls and chats in hallways i didn't get payed out on my 2nd claim but i admit that i sort of gave up after i sold the car. When i done mine i had to take photos of the damage, fill in a form that was about 10 pages long thay wanted to know everything and then makesure you have reported the pot-hole to them also
     
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    Bambla

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    Well after nearly 3 months since hitting the pothole I have been sent a letter to confirm I will be getting the cost off my new tyre back. Yay
     
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