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#1 of 24 2007 R320 Explodes during blizzard
Feb 02, 2007 (4:56 am)
Fully loaded, 2 month old R320 explodes suddenly in our driveway during a Colorado blizzard.
See the complete story and pictures at http://www.landxml.org/R320.
#2 of 24 Re: 2007 R320 Explodes during blizzard [ncrews]
Feb 02, 2007 (11:45 am)
The R320 did not explode, the tire exploded.
It exploded due to excessive heat from friction.
There are certainly a significant portion of the story that attempts to mislead the reader to a false conclusion.
#3 of 24 Re: 2007 R320 Explodes during blizzard [ncrews]
Feb 03, 2007 (2:53 am)
Here's what happened:
The tire came apart due to excessive centrifugal force. This was likely caused by the engine being floored in an attempt to get the car out. Remember if one tire is not moving, the other tire on the axle would be traveling at TWICE the speed indicated on the speedometer. It would be easy to exceed 200 mph tire speed!
Word to the wise!
Be careful when trying to extract a car from a snow drift. Excessive wheel speed can cause a tire to come apart. DO NOT stand behind a spinning tire!!
#4 of 24 Re: 2007 R320 Explodes during blizzard [ncrews]
Feb 03, 2007 (4:43 am)
Traction control doesn't work without traction. Snow tires and chains are still necessary in some situations....
#5 of 24 Re: 2007 R320 Explodes during blizzard]
Feb 03, 2007 (8:20 am)
Cars don't just explode like that. It takes a "genius" between the seat and the steering wheel to cause such damage.
#6 of 24 Re: 2007 R320 Explodes during blizzard [ncrews]
Feb 03, 2007 (10:27 am)
I don't pity the driver for the damage done to the vehicle and the house, but for her stupidity.
"2007 R320 Explodes during blizzard"
That headline, if you can call it that, further demonstrates the lack of intelligence.
Ha, it was good for a laugh at the least.
#8 of 24 Re: Stupid is as stupid does [erik]
Feb 03, 2007 (9:54 pm)
Give her a break...I live in Colorado and during this past winter I've seen hundreds of people get stuck. I was stuck for a while in my Nissan Armada. When there is so much snow, especially with blowing wind, you simply can't see the drifts.
An inexperienced driver can easily spin a tire too fast and cause overheating, but blowing up a tire is extremely uncommon.
btw...an R class lease is one of the best deals going.
#9 of 24 Re: Stupid is as stupid does [erik]
Feb 04, 2007 (4:26 am)
I understand the OP posted her story for us all to read and comment on but please stay to the topic of the car and tire explosion.
#10 of 24 I apologize
Feb 04, 2007 (8:27 am)
Sorry about the harsh remarks. Yes, Colorado got a ton of snow this year. Just because a SUV has AWD doesnt mean it can go through snowdrifts as depicted on TV.
BTW. The attic of the house needs some more insulation to brave the cold winters. FYI