Early Fireworks--Blown Steer Tire

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Cwc's Comment
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Hopefully you were wearing your brown pants.

Turtle's Comment
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Almost got your fireworks a little early, eh?

Good job hanging on to her. Most of that will buff out.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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Glad you didn’t get hurt. If they let you go out the door with tires like that I’d be looking them brakes over next. Jeez.

Nancy's Comment
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So glad you’re alright, PackRat!

Thanks for pictures to help sharpen our eyes and awareness of the immense importance of alignment, how quickly things can go wrong, and to always keep your cool.

Quite the pre-holiday excitement—hopefully today is much more relaxing for you!

Moe's Comment
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Glad it wasnt much worse! Be safe pack!

Happy fourth all!!

Auggie69's Comment
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I accomplished something yesterday that was not on my "Bucket List", in that I had the driver's steer tire blow while moving at highway speed. Scariest thing I've had so far while driving a tractor trailer by a long ways.

This happened in Missouri on I-70 east at the 72.5 yardstick.

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My truck had service completed 2400 miles previously at a company terminal. Both steer tires were replaced then, and supposedly an alignment. I did not run over any road hazard to cause this. I did a good pretrip yesterday morning as well. All tires passed my visual inspection.

Here's a picture of the right steer that would have also blown shortly. Note the steel cords showing through the entire circumference.

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I was on the shoulder for just over three hours, waiting on road service to replace both tires. Fortunately, it was driveable after that, with no busted radiator, air lines, or any other systems inoperable.

I pulled into the garage here in KC, MO about 45 minutes ago for our mechanics to remove and replace thousands of dollars in parts that should never have been destroyed.

So far, she will need a hood, left inner fender, left headlight assembly, driver's steps portion, the panel that the hood rides in on the drivers side, several smaller fiberglass panels, the secondary air tank replaced (deformed), portions of the wiring harness, the front bumper, one battery, and several rubber aero strips.

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So just to keep this straight: Two new steer tires wore out in 2400 miles? Is that even possible even with a bad alignment?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Joseph I.'s Comment
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It would be possible with a bad alignment especially with the heat in a lot of places but I still bet they will find something broke loose to cause that to go bad so quick.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
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It would be possible with a bad alignment especially with the heat in a lot of places but I still bet they will find something broke loose to cause that to go bad so quick.

Nope. Way ahead of you. Everything is there, and tightened down where the bozos improperly adjusted it to.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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Wow...

Glad you landed it safely.

Blessings!

Tortuga 's Comment
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Holy Batwings PackRat! I'm glad you kept her under control and came out without a snatch!

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