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Old 9th April 2010, 12:30   #1
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Yesterday I had the closest shave ever. Was doing 100kph on the highway, clear road for 200 metres ahead, when idiot truck lumbers onto the road from a side road, at right angles to the highway, hoping to go to the other lane. i was about 50 metres away, and had to come to a screeching halt about a foot away from the truck, which stalled in the meantime.
Left a skidmark about 10 metres.
I feel it was my Michelins that saved me.
Can I expect any problems from the tyres now. They do not feel out-of-round, I have driven for 50 km thereafter and do not feel any vibrations at all.
How can I check?
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IMO the only way to check will be to take the car to three digit speeds once again and check for vibrations. If there are none, you should be fine.

It would not be an issue if your car is equipped with ABS, I think.

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IMO the only way to check will be to take the car to three digit speeds once again and check for vibrations. If there are none, you should be fine.

It would not be an issue if your car is equipped with ABS, I think.
I have taken it to 100 kph, and cannot sense any vibrations, even in the rear-view mirror.
I was using the Baleno. My next car will definitely have ABS.
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I don't think one such incident will have any problems for the tyres. How old are the tyres? If they are less than 20k kms, then don't worry. If they are about 40k and getting bald, only then change them.
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Left a skidmark about 10 metres.
Can I expect any problems from the tyres now. They do not feel out-of-round, I have driven for 50 km thereafter and do not feel any vibrations at all.
How can I check?
Looks like road surface was kind to the tyre. Even if flat spots are not visible on tyre tread, please carry out wheel balancing as a precautionary measure.
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10 mtrs of screeching wouldnt get any vibrations in your car. i myself have been in such instances couple of times in my new yoko. its comforts my car like day one.
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Tires will be mostly okay. Just do visual inspection and proceed. Which car, Baleno or Ritz? You might need to balance the wheels again?

I have Michelins and they inspire good confidence in me while braking.

BTW, What happened after your stop? Did you happen to talk to the truck driver?
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Which car, Baleno or Ritz? .....
BTW, What happened after your stop? Did you happen to talk to the truck driver?
I was in the Baleno.
My immediate reaction was to wind down the window, and let loose my analysis of the truck driver's parentage in choice Hindi and Konkani. I feel it must have been lost on the fellow, as it happened in South Karnataka.

I then went on, as long experience has taught me that nothing else can be done, especially if you're in another state than your own native one.
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Filcord --- You just proved one very good reason why people should upgrade to good quality rubber irrespective of how they drive!

In any case, if you havent felt any vibrations, you are pretty much ok. But do get Wheel Balancing done when you can.

50 metres of tyres skidding can definitely cause a flat spot depending on the road surface as well.
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