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Old 09-19-2012, 04:11 PM   #1
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I hate 18 wheelers with retread tires!

So today I was on I-35 in San Antonio about 10 car legnths behind and in the far left lane, when all of a sudden I see a bunch of other cars swirve. Well I found out that they were trying to avoid, the rain of tire tread getting spit out from the truck ahead of us. I did not have the chance to be so lucky, I was forced to drive over and get hit by it while in the ZL-1.
When i go back to the place I was staying at I could see some damage to the exhaust heat shield. On the passenger side i was being held in with only of 2 rivets and bent up bad.
So I figured I would call my insurance company and have them send me to a shop that could look at it closer. As I'm on the phone I see that not only was the heat shield damaged, so was the diffuser, both fog lights, front lip spoiler, passanger side skirt and some stuff under the car.
So Friday the insurance adjuster will looke at it and make a judgement about what I think needs to be replaced and what will.
I can drive it for now, but i hate to see my car looking like crap as it goes down the road.

So di I hate retread tires and truckers that use them. YES I DO!!!
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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So today I was on I-35 in San Antonio about 10 car legnths behind and in the far left lane, when all of a sudden I see a bunch of other cars swirve. Well I found out that they were trying to avoid, the rain of tire tread getting spit out from the truck ahead of us. I did not have the chance to be so lucky, I was forced to drive over and get hit by it while in the ZL-1.
When i go back to the place I was staying at I could see some damage to the exhaust heat shield. On the passenger side i was being held in with only of 2 rivets and bent up bad.
so I figured I would call my insurance company and have them send me to a shop that could look at it closer. As I'm on the phone I see that not onlywas the heat shield damaged, so was the diffuser, both fog lights, front lip spoiler, passanger side skirt and some stuff under the car.
So Friday the insurance adjuster will looke at it and make a judgement about what I think needs to be replaced and what will.
I can drive it for now, but i hate to see my car looking like crap as it goes down the road.

So di I hate retread tires and truckers that use them. YES I DO!!!
Actually trucking companies. Most truckers don't get to choose. I HATED hauling around retreads. I'd always try to find a trailer without them. If I was able to get one without I'd go the whole summer and never have a problem. If not, I"d blow out 3 or 4 per summer.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:18 PM   #3
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that blows. right before I got rid of my 300c the head of a pitchfork flew out of the back of a truck with bunch of crap in it. a car hits it spins into my lane and I hit it. side skirt come off the car at 65mph. I though my tires were going to be flat but they were fine.

I fixed it all myself for less than issurance would charge but it sucked. Same week my Dart was coming in so I needed to fix it to trade it in. I had to buy both side skirts as they don't seel them indivicually I was just awesome.

I feel your pain I was so pissed when I got home at the retard will all the crap not restrained in his truck.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:33 PM   #4
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I know that it a lot cheaper to put on a set of retreads, but if your trailer or truck is blowing them would it be less expensive to put new ones on from the start? I have seen to much damage to other vehicles because of them.
It just sucks I couldn't get the plate number of the truck that had the blow out.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:40 PM   #5
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We had the same thing happen to us while driving on I-75 going around 80mph. Had a van in front of us so we couldn't see it till the last second. We did fair much better than you, only getting the splitter roughed up on top. Did make a hell of a noise going under the car.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:41 PM   #6
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Unbelievable that the US DOT allows them. Motorcyclist get killed every year by flying retreads. The trucking industry must have a powerfull lobby in Washington.

If cars threw things off on the highway, that regularly killed people, you can believe the NHTSA would mandate a recall. But trucks, nope, acceptable apparently. And they don't even have to clean them up. Highways everywhere are littered with truck tire crap.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:46 PM   #8
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Happened to me earlier this year just after I got my car, I was able to swerve a bit but it still did $4000 in damage:



I was 4 hours from home so I borrowed an electric saw and bought some zipties:

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Old 09-19-2012, 05:09 PM   #9
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That's some serious damage sorry to hear that bro. It could've been worse.
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:27 PM   #10
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Coming back from DC on i95 we were coming up on a track/trailer when the entire tire came off the rim and went past my dads side of the car. Crazy.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:52 PM   #11
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Damn that sucks! Must be retread damage month. My front GFX got tweaked and some permanent dimples a couple of weeks ago from an "alligator" laying on the road. Was following a car that tried to avoid it and sent it spinning my way. To me, retreads are just nuts. The Gov regulates everything from safety to stupid emissions, but lets these death traps on the highway.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:08 PM   #12
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So today I was on I-35 in San Antonio about 10 car legnths behind and in the far left lane, when all of a sudden I see a bunch of other cars swirve. Well I found out that they were trying to avoid, the rain of tire tread getting spit out from the truck ahead of us. I did not have the chance to be so lucky, I was forced to drive over and get hit by it while in the ZL-1.
When i go back to the place I was staying at I could see some damage to the exhaust heat shield. On the passenger side i was being held in with only of 2 rivets and bent up bad.
So I figured I would call my insurance company and have them send me to a shop that could look at it closer. As I'm on the phone I see that not only was the heat shield damaged, so was the diffuser, both fog lights, front lip spoiler, passanger side skirt and some stuff under the car.
So Friday the insurance adjuster will looke at it and make a judgement about what I think needs to be replaced and what will.
I can drive it for now, but i hate to see my car looking like crap as it goes down the road.

So di I hate retread tires and truckers that use them. YES I DO!!!
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:57 AM   #13
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I was next to a Semi one time when one of his rear tires let go,The noise scared the heck out of me.
Fortunately I was ahead of the rear axle so I didn't get any damage,but the truck driver kept driving like nothing happened.
Apparently he didn't care about the carnage he left behind.

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Old 09-20-2012, 08:55 AM   #14
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Happened to me coming back from Camaro5Fest last year. Had to replaced the front facia, not near as bad as pro stock john!
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I knew the fender was affected but the door was dented too and the rocker panel also had to be replaced:



But 2 weeks later, all better:

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Yup. They should be outlawed. With fuel as high as it is I wouldn't expect any laws against retread any time soon though.

I've had times where I had a brand new re-tire put on my trailer and throw it off before the day was over.

Down in the super hot climates it's even worse in the summer.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:02 PM   #17
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Imagine if each one of those recaps you see that came off it's tire were say another car part.

Ok imagine all those recaps are tail lamps bits and pieces. Don't you think the DOT would have punished the manufactures for the damages and deaths?

Tire repair facilitys will continue to put the motoring public in danger until they become financially responsible for all the mele they cause.
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I'd bet 85% of the problem is drivers not checking air pressure at the beggining of the day every day. Plus not stopping when they blow a tire. But trying to get where they can pull over comfortably.

I'm guilty of both.

But I got tired of blowing tires so I started checking even during the course of a day.

But it's not easy finding a place to air up a low tire most of the time. So what do you do?

I'll answer my own question................

BAN RETREADS

Virgin Rubber tires don't seperate like that.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:17 PM   #19
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Man. Sorry to hear. Had one take out the front of a Monte Carlo Rental car was returning to the airport at about 70 mph. If it would have been the windshield, may not be here talking about it.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:24 PM   #20
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So do they have such a thing as tire pressure sensors for 18 wheelers? If they tie the system into the engine control and limit the speed until aired up, that might get drivers to take notice.
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A good quality re-tread where the new tread gets bonded to the carcass PROPERLY will be just as good as a brand new tire.

Cheaper re-treads however......
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So do they have such a thing as tire pressure sensors for 18 wheelers? If they tie the system into the engine control and limit the speed until aired up, that might get drivers to take notice.
THAT would be expensive. There are far more trailers sitting unloaded that are loaded at any given time. It would cost a small fortune for a company to maintain that. I'm betting more than it would cost in brand new tires initially.

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A good quality re-tread where the new tread gets bonded to the carcass PROPERLY will be just as good as a brand new tire.

Cheaper re-treads however......
I don't know much about them as far as how they are done.
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All I know is, between San Antonio and Austin it is a retread grave yard on I-35. It's sad when there isn't a mile that doesn't have tire rubber on it.
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I'd bet 85% of the problem is drivers not checking air pressure at the beggining of the day every day. Plus not stopping when they blow a tire. But trying to get where they can pull over comfortably.

I'm guilty of both.

But I got tired of blowing tires so I started checking even during the course of a day.

But it's not easy finding a place to air up a low tire most of the time. So what do you do?

I'll answer my own question................

BAN RETREADS

Virgin Rubber tires don't seperate like that.
Hey PQ, what is the average price difference for a new truck tire vs a retread?
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Whenever I'm on the interstate I try my hardest to avoid 18-wheelers. I almost feel like they should have 2 designated lanes separated (by barrier) from normal traffic.
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