Started, went to reverse out, heard a pop, upon inspection discovered, a front off-side flat. Contacted AutoNational recovery, (annual sub). They were there within the hour. Wheel off - and wow!
Suspension spring had shattered, and shot through the tyre, as I'd driven the car back into the bay, the errant coil had circum-skewered the tyre, opening it up like a tin of beans!
Temporary (slim fit) spare was applied, car onto a trailer, then off to the workshops.
Finally at around 6pm, I'd had both front springs replaced and a new 224/45/17 fitted. Cost Ã‚Â£383, (not including recovery).
I was however left with a strange feeling of elation. I'm off Sunday on a 550 mile return journey via the M1 and M6.
The thoughts of what may had transpired, with the suspension collapse and tyre blow out at speed left me drained.
Apparently you can't ever really know when these catastrophe's are about to happen.
However it has since occurred to me that as my 75's a diesel, do they have a 'heavier loading' because of engine weight?
I've had 2 x Unipart UGCGRS475730 fitted - and hope their adequate for the job?
However I feel succinctly very lucky tonight!
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