Traveling across Indiana on I-74 East I suffered a left rear tire blow out. Total tread separation that resulted in a mangled rear fender
Here's the back story. I bought the 2001 F250 7.3 SD in January of this year. The truck had 144,000 miles (now 152,000), looked great and was sitting on four brand new BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO2 tires with nubs and all. At this point tires were the last thing I was worried about. That changed real quick with the blow out. Since I have road side service insurance I called Allstate and they had a service truck there within 30 minutes. I knew my spare was old but with four new tires I wasn't all that concerned. Fortunately when they aired up the spare tire it held.
As it turns out the spare was a LT265/75R16 and my TAs are LT285/75R16. However in order to get into the town that was 4 miles away we opted to just mount the spare in place of the blown rear tire. That got me into town and the local Walmart. Unfortunately this Walmart doesn't stock any LT285 tires so I had them move the spare to the left front so I could get a 285 tire on the rear. I didn't want to cause any damage to the diff by having mismatched tires. I drove the last 200+ miles going no faster than 60 mph. Even then I was a bundle of nerves until I got home.
So yesterday morning I stopped by my favorite tire store and talked to the manager and asked if the TA tires had any known issues with total tread separation. He said not that he was aware of and then he checked the tire date. 2012!!! I had been driving on 7 year old "new" tires and didn't know it. I figured since the tires still had the nubs I had fairly new tires on the truck. NOT
With the nubs still showing I didn't even think to check tire dates. Shame on me. I'm totally surprised that they could even find 7 year old "new" TAs. I now have 5 new TA tires on order and will have them installed Friday.
As for the body damage, the pictures pretty much tell the story. Makes me sick just looking at them.
If I had known the tires were that old I would have replaced them with new tires. I've experienced tread separation before on old tires that looked new and told myself I'd never do it again. As it turns out, having the nubs doesn't mean they are new