I thought it might help to show a couple of examples of what was observed while doing a “tire autopsy.”
First tire autopsy
A tire would be received with a complaint letter. The letter might say something like, “I was driving down Route 66 at 55 mph when suddenly I had a blowout. I wasn’t speeding and had checked the inflation just that morning. What is wrong with the tires? There must have been a defect.”
Run low flex failure
The tire looked like this:
Using a bent paper clip,
Note: A bent paper clip will fold at the bend if you try and push it through a tire sidewall. But if there is a hole, the paper clip can follow the hole. For this case, I provided the above information and pictures.
Second tire autopsy: Impact break
Another complaint involved a bulge in the tire sidewall. The location was marked by the tire dealer.
On the inside, we see a lump.
We can also see a dark curved line where the tire had extra bending.
By cutting away the rubber from the inside of the tire, down to the body cord, we can now see the broken cords from the impact.
I trust that after seeing these examples you have learned that sometimes additional examination is required to find and confirm the actual tire failure cause.
After doing hundreds of similar examinations, it allows the experienced examiner to quickly identify the reason for a tire failure was not some design or manufacturing “defect,” but the result of external causes.
More like this in future posts.
Have a tire question? Ask Roger on his new RV Tires Forum here. It’s hosted by RVtravel.com and moderated by Roger. He’ll be happy to help you.