04-03-2014, 07:32 PM
(This post was last modified: 04-03-2014, 07:32 PM by alifreddy.)
how safe is a 14 year old van?? I drive slow and defensively I will get it checked out by my local garage. I took it in to a Halfords type garage to get clutch checked said it was ok he said front offside spring was broken and then pointed out rear wheel was rubbing on something I've done 1100 miles in it and its been ok
Have you ever had a rear tire explode?
I have had TWO explode.
Once in my Citroën GS Pallas. The righthand rear tire 'dissolved' rather noisily.
(On that model, when the tire lost it's shape, it rubbed against the 'wheel arch' and the sharp edge rips it to pieces. Half the tire was left in the ditch)
That was rust after exiting a sharp bend and accelerating back up to 80Km/h.
What saved me(who was a rather inexperienced driver back then) was the stellar hydraulic suspension. In fact, besides som vibrations, the car didn't feel any different, even with half the tire missing.
The second episode was also in 80Km/h, and also the rear righthand tire, but driving straight in a VW Caddy.
(not my choice of car. It belongs to the office. I never drive my own car on work-related trips after a big 6WD dump-truck backed over my BX... )
Lets just say that 20+ years of driving experience was what stopped it from becoming a brown trouser moment. A lightly loaded car is easily managed. A heavily loaded one can be a BEAST!
And what does the Caddy and a Berlingo have in common?
Room for a lot of cargo...
The tire on my GS was,old retreaded and repurposed and probably failed of old age.
The one on the Caddy was less than a year old, and ha less than 10K Km on it.
(It was probably damaged because of the abundance of granite kerb stones locally)
will book it in at my local garage hav'nt used the van this week
1100 miles with a tyre rubbing?
I hear Darwin calling......
Somedays you're the pigeon, Somedays you're the statue.