Flat tire and shocking blowout on the Mercedes 300D

Posted By on November 30, 2014

MB300D_blowoutWhile buzzing up the interstate in the old Mercedes Benz 300D Turbodiesel, I noticed a slight mushiness and then a boom. After I unloaded a full trunk of junk onto the side of the road, while the snow was blowing (ugh!), I made a tire change that would have made NASCAR pit crews proud. Unfortunately my full size spare was only half filled with air (probably a slow leak?) and my 12 volt compressor/ jumpstarter was in my Honda Pilot. A quick search for “free air” found a Walmart just as they were opening – thank you.

What shocked me was the destruction of the tire; trend was still good, but assume the age of the sidewalls was the culprit?


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