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Mystery Tire Deflator - How in H*** does this happen?
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-10-23 9:14 PM (#589168)
Subject: Mystery Tire Deflator - How in H*** does this happen?



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Yesterday, in the bumper jack thread, I mentioned that I had a flat on the right rear of my Dodge, sitting in the garage for about a week. I got the wheel/tire off and had a quick look yesterday. Hmm....big "nail". Shiny worn metal head. Decided to deal with it tomorrow (which was today).

Bumper Jack thread: http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=72117&...

It took me about an hour today to put the "nail" out. It was really hard to get a hold of. My neighbour dropped by and suggested that I let any remaining air in the tire out because the tire was gripping the "nail". So I did that and tried again with renewed vigor and finally got the "nail" started to come out. Various techniques. Eventually I got enough of it out so I could get Vice Grips(tm) on the "nail".

As you will see below it was not a nail at all.

I can not see how I would manage to run over this item get it embedded like that to the very end of the item. I think that it had some "help" by persons known (??) or unknown.

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58coupe
Posted 2019-10-24 12:13 PM (#589183 - in reply to #589168)
Subject: Re: Mystery Tire Deflator - How in H*** does this happen?



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You could have run over it first with the front tire and it was propelled at just the right angle to land between the road and your rear tire to drive it home. It's amazing what I have found and seen in tires over the years. If someone was "out to get you" wouldn't it be cheaper to use a nail rather than a much more expensive screw bit?
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-10-24 3:12 PM (#589192 - in reply to #589183)
Subject: Re: Mystery Tire Deflator - How in H*** does this happen?



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58coupe - 2019-10-24 9:13 AM
You could have run over it first with the front tire and it was propelled at just the right angle to land between the road and your rear tire to drive it home. It's amazing what I have found and seen in tires over the years. If someone was "out to get you" wouldn't it be cheaper to use a nail rather than a much more expensive screw bit?


That is pretty much what the tire shop service manager said to me, including the front tire flip thing. Hopefully they can fix the tire without too many issues.

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60 dart
Posted 2019-10-24 4:23 PM (#589200 - in reply to #589168)
Subject: Re: Mystery Tire Deflator - How in H*** does this happen?



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i once had a 16D common nail in the "sidewall" of a rear tire but the tire was still aired up . so i left it for 3 days air still intact to just see how long the air would stay before i decided not to chance it
anymore and had it replaced . the nail was about 2 inches or more above the pavement . where it was doesn't make sense either but it was there taunting me ------------------------------------------later
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big m
Posted 2019-10-25 3:21 PM (#589246 - in reply to #589200)
Subject: Re: Mystery Tire Deflator - How in H*** does this happen?



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That's something you don't see everyday!!

I once dismounted a tire and found that someone had lost their wheel weight hammer inside.

No idea how it was balanced, or why the car's owner didn't question the rattle and out of balance.

---John
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1960fury
Posted 2019-10-25 3:58 PM (#589250 - in reply to #589168)
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That is odd. Have you considered the possibilty some ***** stuck it into the tire or placed it on your tire at an @ 45° angle while you parked?
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-10-25 4:11 PM (#589253 - in reply to #589250)
Subject: Re: Mystery Tire Deflator - How in H*** does this happen?



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1960fury - 2019-10-25 12:58 PM
That is odd. Have you considered the possibility some ***** stuck it into the tire or placed it on your tire at an @ 45° angle while you parked?


Yes.

56D500boy - 2019-10-23 6:14 PM
I can not see how I would manage to run over this item get it embedded like that to the very end of the item. I think that it had some "help" by persons known (??) or unknown.


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1960fury
Posted 2019-10-25 4:31 PM (#589255 - in reply to #589168)
Subject: Re: Mystery Tire Deflator - How in H*** does this happen?



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Something like that makes my blood boil. Time to invest into a 360° camera. My Fury got scratched intentional twice not long ago.
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LostDeere59
Posted 2019-11-29 11:57 AM (#590907 - in reply to #589168)
Subject: RE: Mystery Tire Deflator - How in H*** does this happen?



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Over the years I have seen many objects like this embedded in tires, and the question is always the same - How did it get in there?

I think the most plausible explanation is the front tire running over it and putting it in motion, and the rear tire catching it "just right". Also the object could be moving across the road due to another vehicle - either ahead of you or coming from the opposite direction.

In truth I think a very small percentage of these incidents are caused by vandals - most vandals aren't that clever, and simply stabbing a sidewall or cutting a valve stem is much faster and less likely to get you caught than attempting to carefully stage a tire puncture.

And as far as what I've found . .

Large (6-7 inch long) chunks of metal

Cast potmetal trim parts

Half of a pair of pliers

Spark plugs (yes more than one)

An entire steak knife

A Matchbox car

A pencil type tire pressure gauge (pretty ironic)

And one time a landscaping spike - essentially a giant nail about 8 inches long which not only pierced and entered the tire, but also pierced the inside of the rim (cast wheel) and was hitting the brake drum!


Gregg
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finsruskw
Posted 2019-11-29 12:27 PM (#590909 - in reply to #589168)
Subject: Re: Mystery Tire Deflator - How in H*** does this happen?



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Stuff happens!
Big thing in the mili9tary motor pools is shell casings stuck in tires.
I once fixed a tire there with a block of wood inside of it!
Did you replace the tire or was it a tubeless tire and not in a critical spot and could be repaired?
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-11-29 1:02 PM (#590912 - in reply to #590909)
Subject: Re: Mystery Tire Deflator - How in H*** does this happen?



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finsruskw - 2019-11-29 9:27 AM
Did you replace the tire or was it a tubeless tire and not in a critical spot and could be repaired?


It was repaired. They dismounted the tire and used a "mushroom" plug to fix the problem. Still $38 for the whole deal (cheaper than a tire but still).



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GaryS
Posted 2019-11-29 3:25 PM (#590914 - in reply to #589168)
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Like Chuck, my wife picked up a 16D common nail and it went into the deepest part of the tread. I'm sure it wasn't vandalism because it happened when she drove through a new construction area. Flats are kind of a common problem for Realtors who show houses in new developments.
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