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Old 06-11-2015, 11:43 PM   #1
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Blow out

Had our first blow out on tire, did not even notice it someone was kind enough to flag us down. We had just had a slow leak in it fixed before our big trip. How would a TPM system helped in that situation? We were so lucky to not have any damage to trailer. Also maybe when you have a leak just get a new tire?Click image for larger version

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Old 06-12-2015, 12:01 AM   #2
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How would a TPM system helped in that situation?
I'm glad that worked out for you. Could'a been a bad day.

With a blowout, a TPMS may not register any alarms prior, but it would have certainly sent an alarm, or you would have noticed a sensor drop off, as soon as it occurred instead of relying on a courteous passerby to let you know.

Part of having a TPMS is not just waiting for it to send an alarm. It helps to predict a potential tire failure if your regularly monitor tire readings. Many times you'll notice one tire or other acting not quite like the others that can alert you to a potential problem.

I don't feel it is necessary to replace a tire after a slow leak repair, but "If in doubt.. change it out".

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Old 06-12-2015, 12:39 AM   #3
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It depends on the type of blowout, if it was prior damage and the sidewall just let go TPMS wouldn't have indicated a thing until it was gone. The plus here is as mentioned, you'd have been notified that the tire was flat before someone flagged you down.

If you had a leak leading to sidewall failure then a TPMS system would have let you know before the tire got low enough to fail. Then it would have saved the tire.

I'm a believer in tire repair, if done properly. A patch from the inside is plenty sturdy so long as it isn't on the sidewall. Unfortunately we'll never know if this tire failed from the repair, a new leak or failure independent of a leak.
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