Originally Posted by dashsul
I went on a trip to the Northern border 1,900 one way. On the way back I noticed steel threads coming out of the top side of the front 2 tires. Went another 1,600 more miles later the tire lost air slowly flattening at the last camp site. I first thought cheap tires, then I thought air pressure to high set at 50psi cold, then I though the distribution hitch needed to come up a notch because the back two were fine. Anybody have a the probable reason?
I have seen this condition before.
Steel filaments coming out of tire are sign of factory defect. You need to
1. Closely inspect each tire
2. Record the DOT serials so you can file a complaint on each tire
3 capture close up photo of filaments from each tire
4. take tires to dealer for immediate
5. file a complaint for each defective tire as you cannot depend on the tire dealer following the defect reporting requirements
6. Post pictures to help educate others.
7. In the complaint with NHTSA
you can tell them just what you posted above in first 3 sentences and let them know you have pictures. If the dealer does not replace for free provide the name & address od the dealer.
8 Post the tire size, Load Range, name and full DOT serial here so others can inspect their tires
I will look up name and location of the tire plant and post here.
Note the specific defect is improper "belt skim rubber" and/or treatment of the steel cord resulting in a loss of adhesion. Just as you have seen filaments on the outside the slow leak confirms there are filaments piercing the inside of the tire too,
If all tires have identical DOT they would most likely all have the same defect. This is definitely a condition that warrants a recall and replacement of all affected tires.
PM me if you have any questions or need any help.