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post #1 of 4 Old 10-09-2012, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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Michelin blowout

I post this as a point of reference only for other members running the Michelin LTX in 20" size.

Yesterday, I blew a left rear tire at 65mph pulling my empty race trailer. The tires just under 3 years old, have 45k miles on them and were properly inflated, etc. The tire appears to have delaminated which is distrubing for a tire with reasonable miles and proper rotatation/wear etc. I was planning on replacing all 4 tires before the winter but I could have kept driving them with the remaining tread for another 15-20k miles. I really expect more of Michelin given the cost of these tires. I'll buy these again but they won't stay on my truck much past 40k miles next time.

BTW, the exploding tire destroyed the wheel well liner, bumper, bed side and supports. Still waiting for the estimate on the damage.
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Wow that's terrible man, sorry to hear. What does delaminated mean?

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It means that they separated, which they should never do. It's definitely a tire defect.

PS. I just got something in the mail concerning a safety recall on some of my BF Goodrich tires and I think it mentions one of the Michelin branded tires, although I can't remember the specifics. You might look it up.

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Thanks guys. I'm disappointed in the tire's performance but very thankful that it didnt fail at a really bad point like the transition from one interstate to the other that I had just executed. All in all, I feel lucky. The truck will be out of servcie for a few weeks as they repair the bed and replace the bumper, etc.
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