Last month, I purchased 4 brand new tires with a warranty for each for my 18 yr old daughter's car, got an alignment, oil change, etc. She was leaving
for college and wanted her to be safe.
Last night one of the tires blew out. She wasn't going fast (thank goodness she wasn't on the interstate) was able to get the car off of the road but
couldn't get the jack under the car to change the tire. Her car sits low to the ground naturally, it is a Mustang.
So, her dad and I drive up to her college and work for two hours to get the car jacked up. We finally had a bright idea to jack it up from the center
to raise the entire front end enough to get another jack under where it had to be to change the tire.
We couldn't get the blasted tire off of the bolts. It would not come off. We pounded it with a rubber mallet and finally got it off. It struck me
strange but I let it go. We later found out why.
Today I took it to Walmart (where I purchased the tires and before you blast me for using Wally World, my reasoning was there is one every 50 miles in
the US so it would be easy for her to get them replaced where she is) and they replaced the front tire that blew and found a screw in another one and
replaced it too. NO charge. Good. They also tell me the tire that blew was a manufacturer defect and it happens in 1 in 10 cars. Now seriously, if
this had happened to her on the interstate at 70 mph or more she would've had a wreck and could have hurt herself or someone else. That angered me. 1
in 10. WHy is that allowed??????????? That is a 10% chance every time you get a tire it is going to blow out. Not good odds really. I felt horrible.
She had just came off of the interstate. I thank GOD she is safe.
Well here is where it gets bad.
They page me to come, and I instantly knew they found something else wrong. I was right. She has a busted tie rod end. UGH. They tell me where I can
go to get it fixed and I took it the mechanic they suggested. HE said he can fix it but that the other side is cracked. WHAT????? this is also why the
tire did not come off easily...it had been wobbling on the bolts and was out of whack from moving sideways.
I asked what caused it and he said the car is 7 years old. Wear and Tear, you can't lube them any more.
He showed me how he could move the tire easily sideways which means it is busted. I pay the dude and now am waiting to pick it up.
I thank GOD she is safe. This could have turned out so much worse.
Maybe I have been on ATS too long, I dont know, but I honestly think the tire blow out was meant to be to find the busted tie rod end. We would have
never known. We do not drive her car. We are old. She is an 18 yr old girl and apparently oblivious to subtle changes in her steering / handling. LOL
The mechanic said if the tie rod broke completely while she was driving she would have lost control and probably wrecked.
So, here are my issues...1 in 10 tires according to walmart are defective and they cant check prior. Apparently they just "blow out". Secondly, if
hers didnt blow out how it did, we would have never found the tie rod.
I do not believe in coincidences. One happened so the other could be found. I am thankful all it cost me was my money. I am thankful my girl is safe.
I am thankful it turned out ok. But now I am paranoid about the new tires they just put on and the other two new ones. We have 4 new tires on that
car. 1 in 10 chance they are bad. The math is not good for another to be defective.
edit on 19-9-2013 by k21968 because: (no reason given)
edit on 19-9-2013 by spacedoubt because: Fixed the Flat in the title