Are you supposed to feel a tire blowout?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by GhentSaintPeters, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. GhentSaintPeters

    GhentSaintPeters Light Load Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    Had my first tire blowout today. Drivers side very back rear trailer tire on the inside.

    I was going down HWY 36 in Indiana because of the mess they have caused by blocking off the outer loop going east to Dayton OH.

    I was going 55 MPH, cop pulls me over. I think to myself ####, I must've gone down the wrong #### road. I checked my atlas (2019) beforehand though and saw no restrictions. But maybe there are? But then, why wouldn't the atlas list them?

    I pull over to the side of the road without any struggle or without noticing anything funny. Cop motions for me to get out of the truck as he stands by the back of my trailer, which I think is weird, and I worry it's some scam as I've never seen a cop do this as they always go up to my window first.

    But it's broad daylight out and a line of cars are behind me and the cop has on full uniform with lights. It all looks legit.

    I get out and the kind man shows me the blown out back rear inside trailer tire. Said the scraps of it were bouncing onto his patrol car. Hadn't come off all the way, it's tore up yes but the cop caught it immediately as it was happening.

    I thanked him and thanked him some more, called roadside, and here I sit waiting.

    Besides thanking God and knowing that God is looking out for me - with the construction on the Indy outer loop that I was on just 20 minutes prior, that construction was actually a blessing in disguise, forcing me to go down a side highway at a lower speed with less traffic - AND to top it off I had a great police officer who was RIGHT behind me as this happened:

    Besides sitting here realizing how blessed I am and how good God is, I'm sitting here thinking:

    I didn't feel nor hear a thing and I didn't have the radio on or anything either.

    Do you normally feel a rear trailer blowout? Or hear it? Or is that usually only on a drive or a steer tire?

    Or would I have probably felt it if I was at 65 MPH on the interstate and the tire had a chance to completely rip apart?
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    Probably didn't "blow out" in the traditional sense. Probably got a small hole in it, went flat. Then heated up from being under-inflated and started coming apart.
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  4. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    I've had trailer tires shred and never felt or heard a thing. I've also had trailer tires blowout and I nearly jumped out of the seat it was so loud. You get what you get.
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  5. Bakerman

    Bakerman Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yep, that’s happened to me before.

    Had a guy collar on the radio told me he got a flat tire on the trailer so OK thanks pulled into a tire shop about 10 miles down the road and had it swapped out.
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  6. stayinback

    stayinback Road Train Member

    Jan 24, 2014
    Good. Nice cop too...Pretty good ending to the story.

    But you also got lucky- This is the year 2019- We live in a world where everything is about money- and Hurting good people that are just doing a job.

    You could have gotten a Jerk cop-

    Sure he woulda stopped ya like this one-and told you of the problem while speaking to you in a tone like a parent scolding a child- Then gave you an inspection-While your already mad because of the tire.

    he coulda wrote you tickets for tire chunks hitting his car and littering- YES,There are a ton of jerks out here today- Not like it used to be.

    Worse case scenario,If he wanted to be the biggest Pric in the world- He coulda had you Towed if he felt you were blocking the road in any way.......

    Im glad it went well for you- Others have paid the Price (including myself) For things that never had to be an issue.........Tough to live life as a young guy in these times doing things the right way.
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  7. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    I've had plenty of tires blow out, and I always hear and feel it. Sometimes loud and hard and sometimes just a mild thud thump.

    I doubt any cop would site you for it, even if the debris hit his car. That is not something in your control.

    I also doubt that a slow leaking tire would build up enough heat to shred it. It just goes flat on the rim and just rides along. Once the air pressure is gone there is nothing in there to build up that kind of heat.
  8. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    I've had the same thing happen. Right rear inner trailer tire fell apart. Never felt it. The only way I noticed it was another driver pulled up beside me and got my attention, pointed back at my trailer, then shouted 'tire.' at me.
  9. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    I got two tickets for a blowout, and I stopped and had called a service truck, one from a state cop and he called the dot, which gave me another one. When I objected to getting two tickets for the same thing, he said not to worry, he was wording it different. lol
  10. RustyBolt

    RustyBolt Road Train Member

    Feb 21, 2015
    Bement, IL
    Those loud ones will make you look around for the idiot firing the Abraham's tank beside you.
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  11. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    San Antone
    Well that isn't correct at all. A slow leaking tire will absolutely build up enough heat to cause it to fail. Most tire failures are caused by under inflation.

    The op's tire could have lost air pressure for any # of reasons, but since it didnt actually blow up, then my money is on an air leak.
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