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Is there something wrong with my tires?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Pkmmte, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. Pkmmte

    Pkmmte Le meow

    Sep 19, 2017
    Los Angeles, California
    Disclaimer: I consider myself a techie, not a car guy. I'm clueless about most car stuff so I apologize for this foolish question ahead of time.

    This morning, I felt like there was something off with my drive to work. Not sure why. It's as if the ride suddenly felt harsher than usual for some reason. It feels worse at higher speeds than slower speeds. All 4 tires had 40 PSI. Granted, I haven't rotated my tires just yet after 13k miles of driving, but I'd expected something like this to feel gradual, not sudden.

    The two rear wheels and front left also appear black all of the sudden, even though I haven't driven through anything messy.

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    Two years ago, I got stranded on the 405 highway while driving a Golf R because the tire tread started tearing apart due to low tire pressure. The tire ripped off and went flying right as I stopped on the shoulder and had to be towed to a nearby tire shop. I'm kinda worried that this might be the same thing.

    Can anyone more experienced than me provide some advice? Am I just imagining things?
  2. SomeJoe7777

    SomeJoe7777 Marginally-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    Houston, TX
    Looks to me like you ran over a thin strip of asphalt or some other sticky item that embedded/stuck itself into the tire's sipes. It doesn't look like part of the tire's tread to me.

    Use a medium sized screwdriver to pry one of those blobs out and see what it is.
  3. mike123abc

    mike123abc Member

    Aug 20, 2018
    Norman, OK
    I would guess that they sealed the road cracks and you drove over the oily sludge before it set up completely. You were doing your civic duty pressing the goo down into the road cracks to help seal them.
  4. VT_EE

    VT_EE Member

    Apr 22, 2017
    Looks like you need some Bug & Tar remover.

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