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    Vehicle : Vauxhall Astra-J

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    Engine : 2.0 CDTi

    Year : 2013

    Default Punctured tyre. Lucky not to have a blow out.

    Got home in the early hours of this morning (4am to be precise) and could hear a faint hissing when I put the car in the garage. Couldn't see anything with a torch and first thoughts were that it might be water splashed onto the exhaust.
    Get car out of garage this morning and rear nearside tyre is half flat. Inflated it and drove down to ATS.
    This was we found when the wheel was taken off the car: a damn great cut in the tyre
    http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/9210/imagenpj.jpg

    That's not the whole story though. Upon further inspection of the tyre, it showed similar cuts and small cracks appearing all the way around the inner edge of the tyre. Tyre could have given out at any time.
    http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/1181/imagefzy.jpg
    http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/2406/imagexvl.jpg
    http://img813.imageshack.us/img813/1092/imageqgo.jpg
    http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/674/imagexlf.jpg
    http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/3148/imageobm.jpg
    http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/1281/imagetci.jpg
    To say I was lucky is an understatement. I'd just completed a 200 mile round trip to Birmingham and back on this tyre on the M40 and A34 at, lets just say, a high speed.
    I regularly inspect my tyres for wear, but this couldn't be seen unless taking the wheel off the car.
    I got ATS to check the offside rear, and that tyre has a few small cracks appearing in it as well. No where near as bad as the nearside one though. eg, like this one http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/674/imagexlf.jpg (this is a pic of the above faulty tyre, not the one from the offside. Used to show the sort of cracks that have started to appear in it)

    Guy at ATS says he's seen it before on BMW's and other Vauxhalls. Main cause being the rear wheels have a negative camber and the inner edge wears more than the outer edge.

    Fortunately I had an old tyre kicking about the garage to save having to put the pram wheel space saver on. New tyres on order from Camskill - cheaper than ATS can do them for.

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    You was lucky mate!! Best get that replaced, wonder what caused all that? :s

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    Quote Originally Posted by shb1988 View Post
    wonder what caused all that? :s
    Inner edge of the tyre has worn thin. Tyre had started to break up.

    Had done 15,000 miles on the front, then swapped to the rear last June with 4mm of tread remaining and no abnormal wear. Has since covered 8,000 miles on the rear. Tyre is just under 2 years old.

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    Spooky! I just swapped my 19's over to 17's today and mine is almost identical if not a bit worse as it's gone down to the wires (although no cuts)! Same side too.

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    It looks like that tyre reached the end of its life some time ago, with the excessive wear on the outside edge, so sadly is not likely to be considered as faulty
    The cracks will simply have been caused by overheating, especially where the tread is down to 0.0mm such as in this image :
    http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/3148/imageobm.jpg

    This suggests a full four wheel alignment is required or the toe was not checked on the last front tyre replacement
    Equally, it could point to a suspension or steering component with play, worn, or even failed

    When the tyre is removed compare the excessive wear on both outside edges, and both the front nearside and front offside tyres

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