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    Default very lucky escape with tyres

    I pleased to be sitting hear writing this message, after looking at the state of the tyre I have been running around with (which has included motorway driving).

    I got a puncture yesterday, pumped it up with the small compressor I had in the car and drove home. Checked it periodically on the way and it seemed to be OK. Moved the car fwd in steps to see if I could see anything stuck in the tread, nothing visible.

    Plan was to go this afternoon and get the puncture repaired. Tread is near the wear indicator but thought I could get a few more weeks out of it.

    Just back from Kwik-Fit and it was not until the wheel was off that it became clear how bl@@dy lucky I have been. The inside edge of the tyre is worn and there are 4 areas, each about 10 inches long, where the tread has split from the tyre.

    The Kwik-Fit guy said he is seeing this a lot with performance cars where the faster you go it wears more on the inside (due to the geometry of the suspension) – sounded plausible but I’m sure a knowledgeable person on hear can confirm or deny.

    Anyway, not finishing there, on closer inspection of the springs, both are broken. I have seen what happens when they break – I have been told that one side (I think it is the drivers side) can slip off and go into the tyre.

    Would damaged spring result in excess wear on the very inside of the tyre? I got the car serviced a month ago, I recon the garage missed the broken springs – or is wear like this possible in say 4 weeks if both springs broke not long after the service.

    Anyway , posted FYI, would recommend you give the inside of your tyres a check. This not a budget tyre…… PZero

    Forgot to say,the other tyre is the same (worn on the inside) but it had not split yet. Got two nice shinny Dunlops now, but can't drive until the springs are done.
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    I would contact pirreli that does'nt look right at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by byebyeitsagsi View Post
    I would contact pirreli that does'nt look right at all!
    I'm surprised to, but would two knackerd springs do that?

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    If the car was sitting very low then it could have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byebyeitsagsi View Post
    If the car was sitting very low then it could have.
    Was not sitting noticably lower at the front. Just looked at it again outside and it looks normal.

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    pirellis dont have the hardest of sidewalls the broken springs may have cauzed this but it would be well worth while getting the 4wheel alignment checked just incase i have seen this a few times in ma tyre fitting days and days as a storeman and it has nearly alway been due to poor inflation or wheel alignment etc

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    I had a problem where the nearside tyre is wearing on the inside alot quicker than the outside because of a dodgy ball joint in the tracking.

    Gazza4

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    very lucky indeed mate just think what would have happened if that had blown at motorway speeds i'll be checking my tyres more frequently now

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    i had a similar problem with my old motor. both front tyres were like this. only when i took the wheels off for a clean i seen it.

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    Sorry mate but i didn't notice you saying if it the front or rear

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