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Old 11-20-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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One of those trips....Toad blow out

Just back from trip to Charleston, SC. On way down on Hwy 17 just below McClellanville we had a blow out on the toad. I say blow out but not really sure. May very well have been tire that went down slowly un-noticed by me, but car passing by alerted me that my left front car tire had blown out. I could see no evidence in the rear view camera, and felt and heard nothing either. By time I got slowed down and off road, there was no tire left. Just the two beads and enough of the sidewall for the wheel edge to roll on, which makes me think rolled flat for some time. So, amazingly, no wheel damage or vehicle damage. Guess I just left a "highway alligator" a few hundred yard back.

If things can go well when they go bad, that is what happened. That someone was immediately behind me was lucky, as I have traveled many miles on that stretch with no on-coming traffic. That the rim rolled on what was left of the sidewalls was lucky so no rim damage, not even a nick! That the tread did not tear up the side or under carriage of the car upon it's departure was lucky. That I was at a spot where I could easily get off road, firm relatively level shoulder which is not always the case on that road, and by sheer coincidence on top of an old driveway apron that I could jack on, was lucky. That no harm came to anyone, very lucky.

Found a Firestone store a 20 miles on down the road and got some new front rubber on the toad, lucky.

A few hours earlier, as I was exiting a gas stop, I commented to the DW that I could see a screw sitting in the drive on the entrance side to the gas station as I pulled out into traffic. I would normally pick up such a thing but had no chance to in the situation. Now, of course, a few hours later my mind wondered if perhaps there was a screw on my side too.

Another episode for the log book. Glad the outcome was good, giving some renewed thoughts to a TPMS!

Tom and Patty
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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After a blowout on our tow dolly we got the TPMS. Just a peace of mind.

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Old 11-20-2013, 02:35 PM   #3
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I had a similar incident with a toad, I put TPMS monitors on it after that incident. I never noticed the tire was completely gone either, until another motorist alerted me to the situation and I have one of my rear view cameras trained on the toad, and did not notice the front tire was torn apart.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:32 PM   #4
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TPMS worth every penny.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:45 PM   #5
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Have the TST TPMS. But found out some HMs will need the repeater. Found out the hard way with a blowout on the toad. When speaking with the TST folks, about 8 of 10 folks don't need the repeater. TST stepped up and sent me on free. Have a 40' HM
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