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Old 03-15-2015, 05:13 PM   #1
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Continental Tires - Yea or Nea?

On my way to FL yesterday had a rear tire completely delaminate. I didn't know it at the time but when all Hell broke loose in the rear of the truck I didn't know whether the axle was bent...RV was messed up or what. RV made it fine, truck not so good. The tire never actually blew out but right now there's no tread left...spent last couple hundred yards running on belts. Any suggestions on replacements? I would not be averse to replacing both rear tires if it would be appropriate. Stats: 2011 Ford F-350 Diesel; Miles on truck and tires 12200 yes...twelve thousand!). Pin wt approx. 3000#; truck listed payload: 3940#. Current tire(s): Continental Contitrac LT275/65R18 Suggestions appreciated. Now back to drinking...
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:27 PM   #2
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Mine came with the Continentals ran them for four years with out a problem but only about 1600 miles towing.

Swapped them out for Coopers.

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...948&vid=017988

Truck is just under 37,000 miles with about 5000 towing the Lite with no problems.

I had a deep dislike of the factory tires because they were worthless in the snow and ice.
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:47 PM   #3
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Old 03-15-2015, 06:02 PM   #4
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Michelin on my truck. A little aggressive for summer but no problems in snow either, believe we had enough this year!
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:08 AM   #5
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What you have described is a typical tread separation without carcass failure. That's normally caused by under inflation or overloading or both.

That's a tire size normally found on a SRW dually. You need every bit of the tire's load capacity with that pin weight load in the truck bed. If you're not inflating those tires to 80 psi you probably caused the failure.

If the remaining tire was under inflated it also needs to be replaced.

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Old 03-16-2015, 06:26 AM   #6
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Thumbs down Blunt is okay

Tires were checked by dealer recently before trip and all were inflated to correct pressure per them (rear was 80# as I recall. Pressure sensor had been going off at home (without towing) so I had it checled. No alarms during trip. Going to local Ford dealer here today to get his angle. Guess I'm in for an insurance claim...and darn deductible!! Thanks for tip!
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Yokohamas------Best riding and handling tires I ever had on a 3/4 or 1 ton truck.....I replaced Michelins with them and have not used anything else in the last 5 years
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Old 03-16-2015, 05:55 PM   #9
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Have had very good luck with Yokohama's myself. I run them on my half ton and my 3/4.


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Old 03-17-2015, 12:20 PM   #10
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I too have Continental tires on my SRW F350. I’ve lost 2 tires so far to road hazards, both were front tires at 65 psi, both happened while towing and neither failure caused additional damage.

The first tire was lost at about 15k miles when I must have hit something in the road. It caused a 1.5” tear through the tread and belts, which was visible on the inside and outside of the tire. The tire lost air and the tire sensor alarm went off before any tire separation occurred. The second tire, at 24,000 miles developed a slight separation after hitting a serious pothole in Atlanta this February while heading to Florida but this tire continued to function until I checked it out because of a slight out-of-balance feeling a few hundred miles later. I’m afraid I wouldn’t have noticed the slight vibration if the failure was on a rear tire. Had that tire been on the rear, it might have come apart while driving. By the way, the rear tire and Maxxis trailer tires hit the same pothole and seem none the worse for it.

There seems to be a good reason for each of my Continental failures so I’m not too concerned about the falling apart on their own.
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