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Man Blows Truck Tire and Keeps on Going

Imagine driving down the road, minding your own business, when suddenly an odd, metallic sound picks up in the background. But you can’t quite put your finger on what it actually is. Edward Scissorhands after a strong coffee? Someone rolling a massive tin can down the highway? Here, it was actually a driver cruising along at normal speeds without a tire. That’s right – full speed ahead with a metal rim on concrete. No rubber, no problem. For him anyway.

The sound of driving on the rim like that may be unfamiliar because, well, it’s a bad idea in the first place. For starters, doing it will bang up the wheel itself. We’re not saying that is the end of the world. You can get away with driving with a bad wheel as long as you have a tire and are not losing air from it. Someone doing that should move the bad wheel to the rear axle of the car, though.

Or just get a new wheel. For a steel one it is usually under $100. Aluminum may be more expensive. Apart from direct damage to the wheel you have to remember that it may be part of the overall drivetrain along with the driveshaft and differentials and so on. Driving on the rim, especially at high speeds, can throw the whole system out of wack. This guy is scraping along in what appears to be a Chevy S-10 from the 80’s.

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Standard S-10’s are rear-wheel drive so he probably isn’t risking his drivetrain (because the flat is on the front). His biggest risk is probably throwing his steering s

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