Originally Posted by rob_gendreau
I would hope you mean you'd accelerate to compensate for the loss of speed AFTER the blowout...not when it is imminent
Michelin has a video on Youtube that is quite specific in advising that upon the blow out, you floor the gas and then slowly lift off. You do not take your foot off the gas and absolutely do not hit the brakes. The idea is to manage the vector of forces arising after the blow out especially if its a front wheel where you need more thrust from the rear to counter the heavy pull towards the side that blew out. All my blow outs (3) have been on the same left rear. Which is starting to tell me that I am possibly over loading that side of the van. Which given that the driver, the fule, the a/c, the fridge, the rancho bed, the water and the in house elctronics are that side is a clue. Not that I can move any of it.
What I do not understand is why I was blow out free from 2006 through 2011 without any change in the config or equipment, same region, same temps, same speeds, same trailer, same hitch and Michelin E rated tires. The tires were new in 2009, rotated in 2010 and new again in 2011 after the first blow out. Two weeks ago I blew out first one of the new 2011s and the spare which was part of the 2009 batch. Neither were stored outside except when camping and towing.
So is Michelin going the way of all the other guys, quality down and price up?