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Old 09-28-2010, 09:06 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by JBinKC View Post
Friends: Some tire-changing facts learned the hard way this weekend: 1.) Get rid of 12-point sockets in favor of six-point sockets so you don't round over the lug nuts. 2.) Before your next trip, loosen each lug and re-tighten to the correct torque. 3.) A breaker bar doesn't give you much more torque than a spanner wrench. So try to put the breaker bar handle in the spanner wrench for more torque. (Shouldn't be necessary if your lugs are correctly torqued.) 4.) Make sure you have high-pressure valve stems. Best wishes, John
Good advice. Don't only make sure you have high pressure valve stems, check the joints/edges of the valve stems to make sure they are healthy. The valve stem is often the culprit to a leaky tire.

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Old 09-28-2010, 09:08 AM   #16
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That certainly is not a dry-rot crack. If it were, it would be accompanied by other dry-rot cracks around it.

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Old 09-28-2010, 11:09 AM   #17
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Destroyed tire looks a lot like my GYM tread separation - Hmm?

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Old 09-28-2010, 11:56 AM   #18
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Seeing that shredded tire pic gave me the heebie-jeebies... bad memories... good reason to have a TPMS

Ditto on the trailer performance... almost didn't even realize there was a problem... 'cept when I glanced in the mirror, and saw nuggets flinging off from the side of the trailer...
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:16 PM   #19
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What kind of hitch are you using? As a single-axle owner myself, a blown tire is a big concern of mine. Glad to hear your rig handled it so well.


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