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Old 11-03-2012, 05:00 PM
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Tire blowout, damaged electricals in front drivers firewall

Probably a long shot, but I figured I'd throw this out there to see if anyone else has had this happen.

So I was driving down the highway doing around 65, when I started to feel a slight vibration in the steering wheel. At first, I attributed it to the Houston roads, but it started to get worse, like something was rubbing a tire or a tire was about to blow. Right about the time I started to pull over to investigate, what felt like a blowout occurred, I lost power, the engine shut off, and I heard a flapping sound in the fender well.

When I pulled over and started looking, boy was I surprised! About 3/4" of tread had come off over about 1/4 of the circumference of the tire (thus the flapping). While this was flapping around in the wheel well, it tore off the cardboardey type cover that goes in the wheel well, and evidently, Ford thought this would be a great place to stash several critical bundles of wire. Thus, my tire proceeded to shred and rip all of the wiring just forward of the driver's floorboard in the wheel well.

The truck would crank, but not turn over, and most of the auxiliary electrical was working (12V/120V sockets, radio, sync, etc.). However, the fuel gauge was not working, the trailer wiring, the in dash display warned of low coolant level.

Anyways, rant complete . I'm wondering if there are any experts out there that may know exactly what wiring is down there, and what something like this typically costs to replace. Also, whether anyone else has seen this happen. When I bought the truck, it had oversized tires on it, so I'm sure that Ford is going to use this as an excuse to not warrant the repairs...
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Dang! Sorry to hear about that, hopefully warranty covers it. If not do you have a tire warranty?


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I would think your vehicle warranty would cover that, they may whine about it but should still cover it. May have to add you ran over some junk on the road which caused the tire to blow or they may say its the tire companies fault.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:38 AM
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I would think your vehicle warranty would cover that, they may whine about it but should still cover it. May have to add you ran over some junk on the road which caused the tire to blow or they may say its the tire companies fault.
Generally, I would agree, but since the tires aren't factory (the guy that owned the truck before me put them on) I'm about 90% certain that's the card they're going to play.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:45 AM
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Sorry I meant vehicle insurance.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:01 PM
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No warranty coverage. Didn't file with insurance, because I just made a claim with them on the same truck a month ago, so I don't want to push my luck.

All told: $2,300. *whistles*

Anyway, I had them keep the bad tire and give it to me, and I'm going to be taking lots of good pictures so I can have a conversation w/ BFG about this.
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How many miles on the tire?


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Old 11-15-2012, 03:36 PM
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Not sure exactly, since they were on the truck when I bought it used, but there are only 29,000 miles on the truck total, and these were not the factory tires (I checked the Monroney sticker).
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Man that really sucks. Sorry to hear it.


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There should be a manufacture date on the tire somewhere. I doubt now that its fixed they would do anything about it but I would sure try.


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