2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevrolet Z06: Crash Boom Bang

October 12, 2010

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I was driving over the 405 past the 101 to Santa Monica Sunday afternoon after getting some good deals at the Pasadena Flea Market. When going up the hill out of the Valley, traffic always gets a little dense. The car in front of me slowed down significantly as we climbed so I looked to change lanes and pass him.

Right as I crossed over the line to change lanes, the car at my 2 o'clock barely clipped a large chunk of truck treads, sending it spinning towards me. I tried to steer back into the lane, but the Z06's rear passenger tire struck it.

CLANG!

It was no alligator as I had thought. It was a chunk of metal. Right after the sickening crash, there was a high pitched squealing. I knew exactly what that was: the tire was dead flat. I had to pull over now.

Thankfully I was able to pull off the road immediately and safely to assess the damage. The tire was dead flat. Upon closer inspection, I noticed the sidewall was torn open and there was a dent in the wheel where the metal struck. The Vette has no spare. Getting a new tire is pointless if the wheel can't hold air. The only choice was to flat bed it to a safe place so we can have the wheel inspected and tire replaced.

We'll let you know what the damage is once assessed.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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