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Old 11-01-2016, 07:05 PM   #1
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Michelin blow out

While traveling on I59 just south of Fort Payne Ala. and had a blow out on the right front tire while traveling approx. 60 miles per hour. I had gone on line and watched the U tube video on how to react. I was lucky to steer straight I did not let up on the gas pedal and did not put on brakes, it went straight and I coasted to a stop with no problems. The tire, a Michelin radial manuf. date 6/13 had blown out the side. Called Coach Net, they found a Goodyear tire in Chattanooga sent road service and 3 1/2 hours later I was on my way. I can't say enough good things about Coach Net, they saved the day again.
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Glad all were safe!
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Sidewall blowout is usually caused by road damage or a "zipper" blowout caused by running the tire at too low a pressure.
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Any idea what the cause was? Do you have a TPMS?
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I took the tire to my local dealer who installed the tires. They say it was caused by impact. I ask if he saw any marks on the tire, answer was no, it could have happened some time ago. I am the only driver and I have not hit anything. I have not been please with the Michelin tires from day one. I went back to the dealer three time because of out of balance. They installed equal and later balanced the front tires with weights but I always had an imbalance.
After replacing the tire that blew out the ride is better. Michelin tires are more expensive and my goal was spend more and get trouble free tires. Not sure if the extra money was well spent. I did check the tires, pressure and visually, just before leaving home on about a week before the failure.
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What front tire pressures are you running?
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I run 100 Psig. My last set of Michelin tires were excellent, one reason I replaced in kind.
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That's a reasonable setting.
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Zipper blow outs are also caused by the sidewall steel cords corroding. We had three XRV 255/80/22.5 sidewall blow outs. The 1st was within 2 yrs and Michelin covered the replacement. Next two where after two yrs. Same identical damage, but out of warranty. In every case the sidewall cords were rusted. Thats when I got Toyo's. Will not pay a greater price for a tire brand I had poor service with, when a lower priced one will serve me better.
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I encourage everyone to go on u tube and watch a video on what to do after a blow out on a motorhome front tire. A couple years ago a motorhome blew the front left tire near Baton Rouge, they went off the interstate and rolled. The motorhome was totaled.
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If you are talking about the Michelin video, where they say your first action with a front tire blows out, is to step on the accelerator, I totally disagree. I've had two blow outs, the most recent was a RF tire in May 2015. The last thing I wanted was more speed or more forward thurst. I slowed (did not brake), maintained control and got off the road. The Michelin video sounds good and looks good, however, all the scenarios are scripted with safety the primary consideration. It's like a lot of "school solutions," every aspect of the demonstration is planned. However, when doing it for real, I doubt it's merit.
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If you are talking about the Michelin video, where they say your first action with a front tire blows out, is to step on the accelerator, I totally disagree. I've had two blow outs, the most recent was a RF tire in May 2015. The last thing I wanted was more speed or more forward thurst. I slowed (did not brake), maintained control and got off the road. The Michelin video sounds good and looks good, however, all the scenarios are scripted with safety the primary consideration. It's like a lot of "school solutions," every aspect of the demonstration is planned. However, when doing it for real, I doubt it's merit.
To add to that, I haven't found any other recomendations, besides that one video, to do that.

All the recomendations I've seen suggest that you control the steering, take your foot off the throttle and don't jam on the brakes.
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I agree with you, when I had the blow out I held steady on the gas and slowly decreased speed waiting to see how the motorhome would react. It went straight even though the tire was completely flat.
I did send an email to Michelin, waiting for response, they say 2 to 5 days.
Did you watch the u tube video of the motorhome towing a car that had a blow out, lost control and rolled.
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