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Old 02-04-2003, 10:53 AM   #1
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Default I think I flat-spotted my Brand new S-03

I have a set of Bstone S-03 on my 91 MR2(NO ABS). I had an emergency situation on a very smooth highway and I accidentally locked up my left front tire at 80mph(for a brief moment, say 1/2 sec or less). Ever since then my car makes a thumping noise from the tire depending on the speed.


Question is: I bought my tires from tirerack 10 days ago, is there anyway I can complain to either tirerack or Bridgestone? Will the flat spot go away on its own? Any prior experience from fellow members?

BTW, I lost the receipt of the tire installer.
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Old 02-04-2003, 11:49 AM   #2
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You're kinda on one leg in terms of trying to get Tire Rack to help.

If it's really bothering you you could get all 4 tires shaved down to a diameter that removes the imperfection and kiss off the associated treadwear.

Perhaps if you get that tire rebalanced then it'll wear back into round and you won't have the offbalanace wheel in the meantime.

I'm really just winging this one. Anyone else have ideas?

Edit: Wow, I spelled "associated" "accotiated."
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Old 02-04-2003, 12:08 PM   #3
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wow, I literally just did this a few days ago with my rex....left tire looked up for about 2-3 seconds....and now I get a shacky sterring wheel....what can be done to fix this ?
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Old 02-04-2003, 04:16 PM   #4
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Are you thinking that you will get the tires warrantied or something like that?

You flatspotted a tire. It will wear itself round again, but thats not the manufacturers or tire racks fault!!!!


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Old 02-04-2003, 04:19 PM   #5
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ABS should prevent flatspotting, no?
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Old 02-04-2003, 04:56 PM   #6
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Are you thinking that you will get the tires warrantied or something like that?

You flatspotted a tire. It will wear itself round again, but thats not the manufacturers or tire racks fault!!!!


-Tom
My point is for a ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE tire a.k.a S-03, it shouldn't flat spot that easily. I'm not trying to blame anyone, I only locked up my tire for a brief moment.
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Old 02-04-2003, 04:58 PM   #7
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Actually, it should flatspot easier because it's got a softer tread compound than your run of the mill/lasts 100000 mile tire.

S03's don't hold up very well to abuse, judging from those who've tracked them. At least not compared to S02's or AVS Sports.
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Old 02-04-2003, 05:01 PM   #8
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AT 80mph, yes it will.
You can flatspot a infinite life firestone if you lockem up at 80mph

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Old 02-04-2003, 05:28 PM   #9
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AT 80mph, yes it will.
You can flatspot a infinite life firestone if you lockem up at 80mph

-Tom
he knows too!
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Old 02-04-2003, 05:55 PM   #10
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I've made an airplane tire square before. They call it the $100 short field landing. They're pretty cheap bias ply retreadable tires 'cause they go through them like socks.

To the original poster: Was your ABS disabled at the time?
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Old 02-04-2003, 08:40 PM   #11
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Perhaps if you get that tire rebalanced then it'll wear back into round and you won't have the offbalanace wheel in the meantime.
that isn't going to happen...

but your shaving idea isn't a bad one, as long as the flat spot isn't too deep (wouldn't count on it, as the others have pointed out, all too easy to square up a tire down to the cord).
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Old 02-04-2003, 11:33 PM   #12
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I've made an airplane tire square before. They call it the $100 short field landing. They're pretty cheap bias ply retreadable tires 'cause they go through them like socks.

To the original poster: Was your ABS disabled at the time?
My car doesn't have ABS and there maybe problems with the rear calipers, resulting in more front brake bias.
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Old 02-05-2003, 12:30 AM   #13
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but your shaving idea isn't a bad one, as long as the flat spot isn't too deep (wouldn't count on it, as the others have pointed out, all too easy to square up a tire down to the cord).
Most places I know wonít shave a tire once itís been on the road. The dust and dirt will nick up the blade.
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Old 02-05-2003, 12:35 AM   #14
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you may have knocked off a wheel weight instead of flat spotting the tire.
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Old 02-05-2003, 06:20 AM   #15
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Most places I know wonít shave a tire once itís been on the road. The dust and dirt will nick up the blade.
Good point...

some groveling might be worth a try though before biting the bullet and just buying a replacement, although, in the long run, it probably makes a lot more sense to match a single new tire to your other 3 almost new ones, than give up many thousands of miles of wear by shaving the good ones to match the "bad".
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Old 02-05-2003, 06:58 AM   #16
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Actually, it should flatspot easier because it's got a softer tread compound than your run of the mill/lasts 100000 mile tire.

S03's don't hold up very well to abuse, judging from those who've tracked them. At least not compared to S02's or AVS Sports.
Exactly...the trade-off for a sticky tire is the softer compound will wear quickly and flat-spot a LOT easier. Good luck w/ the warranty claim.
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Old 02-18-2003, 12:31 PM   #17
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Problem is solved, tirerack sent me one replacement tire. The tireshop guy was able to use his hand to feel which part of the tire is flatspotted. Thumbs up for Tirerack.
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Old 02-18-2003, 03:51 PM   #19
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Wow that is really good of Tire Rack!

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Old 02-18-2003, 05:15 PM   #20
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On what basis did they replace it? Kudos to them for being so generous!!!

But what if you hit a curb and popped an almost-brand-new tire? What then? To me it's more or less the same.

You are blessed by Tirerack's generosity for SURE!!!
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Old 02-18-2003, 06:14 PM   #21
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TireRack has always been nice about freebie help. My next set will definitely come from them.
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Old 02-18-2003, 07:26 PM   #22
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Well, I still have to ship the tire back to them though. I guess they did this for me since Bridgestone offers 30 day test drive program and the fact that it's the fourth set of tires I bought from TR.com
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Old 02-18-2003, 11:55 PM   #23
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No ABS = very easy to flat spot tires. I've seen lots of expensive tires give off the infamous puff, w/ the resultant flat spot. Tarmac- ABS on, gravel- ABS off.

Kudos to tirerack (if only they carried Toyo)

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