Had a blowout yesterday morning
by, 01-09-2010 at 06:51 PM (1576 Views)
Yesterday, on my way to work, I had a blowout on my Saturn. I was doing 70mph in the middle lane on my way to work, when it sounded like I hit something. I do not remember seeing anything in my lane to hit, but the noise was evident, and I thought I saw a chunk of something in my rear view mirror. However, everything seemed to still be going fine in my car, so I continued to drive along. A few miles later, my car seemed to be pulling to the right, like my alignment was really out, but I ignored it. A couple miles after that, the rear passenger tire blew out. Compared to what people normally think of a blowout, I didn't lose control of the car or anything. The rear of the car just sort of sank a little. I was able to make a controlled stop on the side of the road. The tread was completely gone, nonexistant. All I had left of the tire were the sidewalls, which seemed to be still in good condition. I swapped to my doughnut spare and finished my drive to work. I was able to get a used tire mounted on the rim when I got home from work.
As all my tires are nearing the wear-marks, I'm going to drop the cash on 4 new Michelin Hydro Edge tires. From what I can tell, they are the top-rated rain tire for my needs, which is rain, and LOTS of it. They are 90,000 mile rain tires with a really spiffy looking tread pattern that I hope will do excellent in the rain and last the remaining life of the car. They are going to cost me $115 each plus mounting and balancing.