I had a wonderful start to my week. I was heading down I-65 South near exit 251 on my way from Hunstville to Fort Rucker, AL for some simulator training. There was a pretty bad rain storm going on and the traffic was slow and heavy.
I hit a pothole going 65 MPH in the second lane from the left of a four land stretch.
The TPMS immediately went off. I pulled on the side of the highway. I saw visible damage so went to put on my donut. Oh wait, I have that fix a flat compressor thingy. So I tried that. I managed to get some air back into the tire with this system. I was blaming it on the rain pretty hard right here.
I called Onstar and asked for a Nav download to the nearest Pontiac dealership. 2.3 miles to Crown Pontiac-Nissan in Hoover, AL. I hobbled the vehicle to the dealership. The Nav worked great by the way.
After inspection of the tire by the techs here is what had happened to the inside of the rim. Forgive my cheap Verizon cell phone pictures.
24 hours and $1079 later I am the proud owner of one Goodyear Eagle GT ($262) (There was no matching Potenza within a days journey of here), one replacement rim ($594), and a four wheel alignment job ($89.95). The rest was the fee for mounting, shop stock used, and tax. I did get a $50 credit for a turned in core. Woohoo.
The service was fine, but they were pushing Nissan hard due the shutting down of Pontiac. Like a G35 or G37 with low profile tires would not have met the same fate in the same conditions.
I had to rent a car, Pontiac G5 from Enterprise to finish my trip to Rucker for training. Other than no cruise control I was pretty happy with it. I saw 41 MPG on the instant for several extended flat runs. Impressive. Lots of hard plastic on the door. I like to rest my left elbow on the door and it got sore after a while.
I will take a photo of the car when the weather clears up and I can giver her a proper wash.
On the positive side, no other damage occured to the vehicle. I am thankful that I have a job where this just sucks and does not mean that I will miss a mortgage payment or go without food or anything.
I called my local dealership today to put a steelie donut on order for me. Hopefully, that comes in before hell freezes over unlike the splash guards and rear sensor package I ordered as well.