[DML] Fw: Flat Tire Issue
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[DML] Fw: Flat Tire Issue

--- On Tue, 4/24/12, Rod Dillman <rhdillman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Rod Dillman <rhdillman@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Flat Tire Issue
To: www.dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:38 AM

All the discussion in another thread about flat tires on the road reminded me of a flat I observed last year. I was at a local country club and our group had just finished preparing for a non-profit foundation golf tournament. One of our members was backing out to head home and turned a corner too short causing his front tire hit a low brick wall. The brick wall tore a hole in the sidewall of the front tire upon impact. The vehicle was a large Lexus SUV which the owner had bought new and had serviced regularly at the Lexus dealership. In fact, just a few days before it had been serviced and the tires, according to the dealer, had been rotated.
We got the vehicle jack out for the first time ever and properly placed it for the lift. We broke the lug nuts loose, lifted the front tire up and took off the 5 lug nuts. The tire would not come off even after repeated kicking by the largest member of our group. One of our group lived close by and he went home and got a rubber mallet and also a sledge hammer. The mallet did nothing so the 8 pound sledge hammer was employed. It must have taken 20 to 25 hits on the rim before the sledge hammer broke the rim loose. In spite of the dealer's claim to the contrary, I don't believe the tire had ever been rotated. It was like the rim had somehow bonded to the metal it was bolted to.
I have often thought that if this flat had occured on the highway there would have been absolutely no way to remove the rim and put on a spare since sledge hammers are not provided along with the jack and lug wrench. 
Is this a Lexus specific experience or can it happen to other cars? The Lexus was probably 3 or 4 years old and had about 100,000 miles on it.

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