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Tire Trouble

Last week I noticed that my car was beginning to wobble.  My car has been VERY good to me over the years, but it is 13 years old, and I live in constant fear that it will break down at any time.  So, I wasn’t surprised when this wobbling started on Wednesday.  I walked around my car several times over the next couple of days and checked the tires.  One looked a little low, but not enough to explain the wobbling.  I tried letting go of the steering wheel, but the car kept going straight, so it certainly wasn’t the alignment.  We decided over the weekend to take it in, but we don’t do Monday mornings well around here, so we opted to wait another day.  

So, Monday morning when I backed up, I heard a horrible grinding sound.  I pulled back up into my space and got out of the car.  I walked around several times, but couldn’t see anything under the car that I could have run over and nothing seemed to be dragging the ground.  I was perplexed.  As I was getting back into the car, I glanced at my back tire.  It looked as though something were caught in the rim.  Turned out to be part if my tire!  Part of the tread had gotten caught on the rim, and, as I was backing up, it had just begun to peel off like a banana!  Needless to say, I did not drive myself to work.  I called my precious friend, Diane, instead, and she rescued me.

We plan to take off the bad tire tonight and replace it with the spare so we can drive the car in to get new tires tomorrow.  I hate that we will have to spend money on this car, as we are hoping to replace it before the end of the year.  However, this cannot be put off any longer.


Posted May 19th, 2009 in life's little adventures.

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