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    Tyre issue with a twist

    Gday All
    Debated whether to post this and then where to to post it Iím sure the mods will more to appropriate section

    So Iím on my way home from my 2000km weekly run servicing roadhouses, stations, and mine sites south of Darwin and I can see up ahead in the middle of the road , rubber scattered everywhere, common sight on our highways but off the side of the road I can see a car that is towing something, (which turns out to be a big arse boat when I get closer) I slow down to see whatís going on , but Iím in a 3 trailer road train and nowhere for me to pull over , so slowly cruise past and see a 79? Series cruiser Ute with what looks like a 7 mtr boat on a trailer and an elderly couple who look like they are in a world of pain , plus itís minimum 45 degrees outside. Thereís a truck park bay on my side of the road about 5ks up , so I pull in , unhook the trailers and go back.

    Old mate has 2 jacks under the Toyota , the drivers rear is just a smashed alloy rim with some rubber lying around it but canít jack as the ground is soft, no worries I got wood and jacks , so long story short , get him sorted, and I must say he did most of the work so he didnít stand back and watch... anyway he says this is the 2nd tyre to blow in less than 250ks... Iím looking at the tyres on his Toyota and they are BFG All Terrain and look almost new... I ask him how old etc , only got them less than 6 months ago he says... anyway we finish up and he tells me thatís his last spare , we are about 250ks south of Katherine and god knows where he would get another tyre to the south , maybe Tennent creek which is about 450ks south...

    Then old mate hooks up his compressor to the tyre we just fitted , and I said, doesnít look flat what pressure you running .. then he says 60psi.. out of shock I said hot or cold .. cold he says... then says do you think thatís too high?

    Itís minimum 45degress , guessing road temp is double that , then add tyre heat and Iím guessing those tyres must have had close to 70psi at operating temp..

    We dropped them back to 40 and went our seperate ways after many thank youís.... later that day I asked a couple of our trucks that were behind me if they seen him stranded further down the highway and they said NO..

    I wonder if he made it to Queensland without any more tyre dramaís...

    Cheers Bulletman

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    Quote Originally Posted by incisor View Post
    Your a good man Mr Bullet!
    Thanks Inc , but I would like to think itís what we would all do, I was taught by my parents you always stop and ask if people are ok , even if you donít have the skills or tools to fix them , you at the least drive away knowing you asked. Donít worry I have been stuck on the side of the road more than once, and was told by those that stopped , they only stopped because they seen young kids.

    I didnít post to get praise or thanks or to single out a Toyota driver, as his rig and the spares etc he had were more than most would carry, but throw in the wet ground from the wet season rains and the high temps and humidity it could go south very fast. I posted more because I have not come across people who feel they need to inflate tyres to those pressures. If you seen how that tyre exploded it would really be an eye opener.

    Cheers Bulletman

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    Good on you Bulletman, a true knight of the road; you just need to hone your timing. Watch and learn.

    I was northbound on The Lynd (now Gregory Development Road), between Bluewater and Greenvale, on a midsummer day. It was 40ish⁰ outside, but comfortable in the truck.
    I came across a Y62 Nissan Patrol and large pop-up caravan, pulled up on the southbound side of the road. There was a lady, well into her 70s standing to the left of her car. Being unlike yourself, unfit and lazy. I decided with three trailers of fuel, I could park wherever I damn well liked. I pulled up just short of the stricken vehicle, half blocking the road. I crossed the road, scanning the car and caravan, not seeing any obvious problems. The elderly lady was standing at the passenger door, talking to her enen more elderly, wheelchair bound husband.
    I asked what the problem was, to which she replied "Got a flat tyre."
    I hadn't seen a flat on the right side and a quick glance at the left revealed no catastrophic deflation, so I enquired as to which one.
    "That one." she replied, pointing to the left rear 265 on the back of the Nissan.
    I was a bit confused and said "I'll change it for you, but it looks alright."
    She came back with "Of course it looks alright, I just changed it."
    Crikey, it's 100⁰ in the waterbag and this little old lady has not just changed a large wheel, on a lifted four wheel drive, but removed and replaced the wheel from the roof rack!

    See what I mean about timing, Bulletman? Quarter of an hour earlier and that could have been me busting a gut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V8Ian View Post
    Good on you Bulletman, a true knight of the road; you just need to hone your timing. Watch and learn.

    I was northbound on The Lynd (now Gregory Development Road), between Bluewater and Greenvale, on a midsummer day. It was 40ish⁰ outside, but comfortable in the truck.
    I came across a Y62 Nissan Patrol and large pop-up caravan, pulled up on the southbound side of the road. There was a lady, well into her 70s standing to the left of her car. Being unlike yourself, unfit and lazy. I decided with three trailers of fuel, I could park wherever I damn well liked. I pulled up just short of the stricken vehicle, half blocking the road. I crossed the road, scanning the car and caravan, not seeing any obvious problems. The elderly lady was standing at the passenger door, talking to her enen more elderly, wheelchair bound husband.
    I asked what the problem was, to which she replied "Got a flat tyre."
    I hadn't seen a flat on the right side and a quick glance at the left revealed no catastrophic deflation, so I enquired as to which one.
    "That one." she replied, pointing to the left rear 265 on the back of the Nissan.
    I was a bit confused and said "I'll change it for you, but it looks alright."
    She came back with "Of course it looks alright, I just changed it."
    Crikey, it's 100⁰ in the waterbag and this little old lady has not just changed a large wheel, on a lifted four wheel drive, but removed and replaced the wheel from the roof rack!

    See what I mean about timing, Bulletman? Quarter of an hour earlier and that could have been me busting a gut.
    I just hope when I have as many hours and kms in the saddle as you obi wan I am as wise .

    I have no doubt if I was an hour later I would have been greeted with the same situation as you , as he was well prepared.

    Cheers Bulletman

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    Mate, like you I would never pass any vehicle, potentially in distress, without checking with the occupants.
    I've been rescued and performed some strange rescues.
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    I remember some years ago I stopped to lend a hand to a woman whose car had a flat tyre. It was obvious from the state of the tyre and indeed the rim that she had driven on it instead of pulling over immediately. The rim and wheelnuts were warm from been driven on the shredded tyre. It was a warm day and while unscrewing the now loosened and hot wheel nuts, I casually remarked how "these warm days make your nuts very hot" as an allusion to her having driven on the flat tyre. The way she backed away I don't think she took it that way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spudfan View Post
    I remember some years ago I stopped to lend a hand to a woman whose car had a flat tyre. It was obvious from the state of the tyre and indeed the rim that she had driven on it instead of pulling over immediately. The rim and wheelnuts were warm from been driven on the shredded tyre. It was a warm day and while unscrewing the now loosened and hot wheel nuts, I casually remarked how "these warm days make your nuts very hot" as an allusion to her having driven on the flat tyre. The way she backed away I don't think she took it that way...
    This post here ^ and this post here Some blokes have all of the luck.... perhaps has a common denominator...

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    It's not always appreciated when you stop to help.
    I was travelling the Normanton to Burketown road & came a cross a small soft roader on the side of the road at a funny angle, drivers door open & engine running. I walked around the car, could see no one, gave a Coee, no response.
    Walked into the bush a bit to find a young lady had been court short!
    For some reason I got a mouth full!
    Quickly went on my way.
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    ďGot a mouthful ď

    Serves you right !!........tormenting us with long legged blondes in short shorts, humph.

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