mciarochi Posted March 27, 2008 Report Share Posted March 27, 2008 :huh: So, I back out of the driveway, put it in first and got about 10 feet. There was a crunch like I ran over a soda can, and then clanking and rattling. It sounded like rocks in a brake drum, except we don't have brake drums. At first I couldn't see anything, then I saw a piece of metal in the left rear tread, and thought, "Oh, crap, there's $500 down the tubes." So I took the tire off and brought it to the dealer, who immediately took the rubber off the rim. What a mess! There's a freaking PUSH ROD in there. WTF!!! It stuck through the tread (the thick part, not a groove), and was poking up inside the tire. The "pop" was apparently when the rim came down on it and broke off the small part that we found inside the tire. It really messed up the tire (it being a rather dull object, it tore through the tread) and tore the crap out of the sensor belt. Hopefully, the sensor is still okay. Amazingly, it still held air. Which, now that I think of it is really weird, because push rods are hollow. I just checked, and the end that was stuck in the rubber is plugged up with pavement. So, like everybody there was checking this thing out, and asking how exactly did I manage to do that. I was going maybe 10mph, probably closer to 5. This is a normal, suburban neighborhood, nobody's got any cars on blocks with engines tore down in their yard or anything. So, in case you're wondering, the tire is $223, the belt is $60, the sensor is $80. With labor and taxes and all, well over $400. I checked a couple of places, and the dealer was cheapest by a few dollars, believe it or not. Since the push rod didn't come out of my engine, it's not covered under warranty (I tried). Any theories? It actually left a divot in the pavement where the Shelby apparently stood on the thing before broke through the tread, but there are no cracks or anything in the pavement where it could wedge in and stick up in the air. Elves? Malicious yard gnomes? Did it fall out of a parallel universe or something? :alien: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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