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Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Blowout

Greetings, dear readers!

We had a rather alarming incident happen today while we were on our way to go grocery shopping. As we were making our way down the street with the rest of the start-of-rush-hour traffic, we got another flat tire. Fortunately, there was a nearby business subdivision for us to pull into to get out of traffic and deal with the problem.

Man at work

Once we parked, I took the baby out of her carseat and went outside to survey the damage. Sure enough, the drivers side tire had blown out. This occurred just one week after the back drivers side tire went flat. Thankfully on Monday, my husband bought a spare, although it bothered us mightily to have to deploy it so soon.

See the tear on the bottom of the tire, right through the whitewall?

After the damaged tire was removed, I saw what had caused the blow out. About a year and a half ago, we had a flat happen to us not far from a tire store chain. We had no choice but to go there because the bicycle tire spare that came with the car disintegrated as we pulled into the parking lot. The attendants at the tire store, either through sheer incompetence or on purpose, never balanced the drivers side front tire (this made the car rattle and shake every time we hit 55 mph on the highway). The unbalanced tire caused the inside tread to wear down irregularly and ultimately caused the blowout. It also served as a reminder to count our blessings because had we been traveling on the highway instead of on the local streets when this happened, it could have been a deadly way to make the 10:00 news.

Tire balance. This popped out of the damaged tire when my husband took it off. It's normally attached to the rim to provide stability.

Tipping point, or devilish meddling in light of a friend's prayer request for the success of her friend's exorcism yesterday? I'm inclined to think of the former after seeing the damage on the tire. While I would like to pursue legal action against the tire chain for neglecting to balance the tire, thus setting us up for a potentially dangerous situation and costly repairs, I don't know if I have any of the purchase paperwork or if the statute of limitations has passed for filing a claim. On second thought, I don't know if I even have a case. I may just be ranting.

Have a safe weekend

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