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I got a puncture today on the sidewall of my tyre. <p>At first look it appears like someone stuck a knife through the sidewall. It's about 2 inches and fairly clean cut. The tyres have about 14,000 on them but still have plenty of tread. I hadn't noticed any bubbling and haven't hit any curbs or anything recently. No potholes.<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.maxitmag.com/photopost/data/528/medium/tire2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>What do you think - just a burst or foul play?
 

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Re: Foul Play - Tyre (P4boy)

looks like a knife or something to me. what pressure do u keep the tires at? i put 40 in mine, they were all in the low when i first got the car.
 

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sorry to see that man...i wish people were mature enough to leave others' stuff alone
 

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Re: Foul Play - Tyre (P4boy)

I had a similar gash in the sidewall of a light truck tire years ago . . . was caused by a square piece of sharp-edged steel, only a few inches wide, that got flipped up like a tiddly-wink (sp?) by the car in front of me . . . I dodged it with the front tires, but it slashed the sidewall of a rear tire . . . instant blowout. The cut in your tire looks a lot like what happened to mine.<p>Oh yeah, I also had a small quantity of blasting caps & dynamite in the truck bed at the time . . . made a bad moment even more interesting. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> - Mark
 

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Re: Foul Play - Tyre (P4boy)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>P4boy</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I got a puncture today on the sidewall of my tyre. <p>At first look it appears like someone stuck a knife through the sidewall. It's about 2 inches and fairly clean cut. The tyres have about 14,000 on them but still have plenty of tread. I hadn't noticed any bubbling and haven't hit any curbs or anything recently. No potholes.<p>What do you think - just a burst or foul play?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I wouldn't call that a clean, knife type cut. You definatelly rubbed against something, even if it was something in the road. I hit a piece of steel a couple months ago about a foot long and it put a nice little gash in the sidewall of my tire and also damaged the rim. Your tire and rim both look like they brushed against something. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>P4boy</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.maxitmag.com/photopost/data/528/medium/tire2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>What do you think - just a burst or foul play?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Looks like you rubbing the **** out of your tires. Takes a few passes at the curb to rub down the lettering like that. Also, you can see the rubb area that is creating that fethering goes right thru that slash. Rim damage too.<p>So:<p>A: your not keep the presure in the tires up and they are starting to collapse in the turns, to the point that your ridding a little bit of the side wall<p>B: your wacking the curbs...either at high speeds above 25mph(my guess) or parking the thing.<p>I think the Tire wall was so wore down in that area of the tire that it probably creased in a turn and final ripped. A knife stabb in the tire wouldn't have a veriation like you see in the picture. They're usual clean. They also would have an addention on both ends...because it wouldn't be an easy thing to do and most people would rock the knife back and forth to saw it open. There is isn't a clean tear anywhere along the openning.<p>So, give the wild girlfriend a break and be glad you got 14,000 out of them.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KillerB</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So:<p>A: your not keep the presure in the tires up and they are starting to collapse in the turns, to the point that your ridding a little bit of the side wall<p>B: your wacking the curbs...either at high speeds above 25mph(my guess) or parking the thing.<p>I think the Tire wall was so wore down in that area of the tire that it probably creased in a turn and final ripped.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Defintely looks that way since the "R' and "O" are scuffed down a bit at the top.
 

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Yeah I think that scuffing was caused when parking but not at speed.<p>The rims aren't actually damaged - thats muck <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>It's usually the front wheels that get rubbed but I think that scuffing was caused when reversing too close to a curb.<p>So you still think it was just a split?<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>P4boy</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So you still think it was just a split?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>IMO.....yes. What tire pressures do you run?
 

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It does not look like rubbing at all to me. <br>I've seen the same thing when driving on a flat tyre before. The line through the lettering is a result of driving on a flat tyre.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>P4boy</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>It's usually the front wheels that get rubbed but I think that scuffing was caused when reversing too close to a curb.<p>So you still think it was just a split?<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, I think you answered your question. <p>
 

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Re: Foul Play - Tyre (P4boy)

Cut appears to be from sidewall pinch against the rim - probably due to low tire pressure. Look for another source for a leak that may have caused the low pressure. Scuffing of the sidewall is definitely from running it flat - happens even in a very short distance.<p>Good idea to religiously check the tire pressures. It is difficult to 'eyeball' tire inflation on these low profile tires. The sidewalls are pretty stiff, and even when they are as low as 25psi they don't necessarily look much different from 40psi. So check them with the gage or get a set of tell-tale valve caps and check the tires at least once a day before you drive it. At $180-250 per tire plus mount and balance, its cheap insurance and 5 minutes well spent.<p>I run my 17s at 38psi around and the 18s at 42psi - a little extra insurance against the potholes andit doesn't adversly affect the ride too much, though I end up using the comfort setting a little more at these pressures. But then I live in Maine and the roads are a bit rougher than those down South!
 

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Re: Foul Play - Tyre (P4boy)

I agree with the others - goold old snake-bite. Besides, if someone stuck a knife in it, dontcha think they'd have stuck it through? You need to run more pressure for your driving.<p>Tom.
 

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how much were the PS2's in UK? <br>I'm soon to replace orig tyres and keen for a better (as reported here) ride and I think there is some side wall protection to help agaist curb rash I think. How do you like the new tyres?
 

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Re: Foul Play - Tyre (P4boy)

Too jagged to be a man made knife cut (IMO)
 
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