I know I'm an idiot, but does my car know?
November 22, 2012 8:29 AM Subscribe
What did I do to my tire? Is my car smart enough to know I'm an idiot?
posted by cgg to Travel & Transportation (16 answers total)
I may have accidentally nudged a pointy curb corner coming out of a parking garage. Not overly hard, but hard enough to look behind me to make sure I still had my (cheap, plastic, easily knocked off) hubcap. I did.
However, a block or two later it's apparent something is wrong - there's an obviously bad sound coming from the back end of my car, and my car seems to be losing power. The gas is depressed, but it's like the car has chosen to ignore me. I don't remember any warning lights on the dash.
Luckily I was able to pull over, and sure enough my tire is flatter than flat. It's a pancake.
Once the very nice roadside assistance people came out and changed my tire for me, all was good with the car again.
A couple questions - how does a curb nudge flatten a tire so quickly? And two, is my 2011 VW Golf, featureless except for heated seats, smart enough to know I'm driving on my rim and to cut power? That was the part that really confused me... a flat I can almost understand (but really, I didn't hit the curb *that* hard!), but it was the lack of power that freaked me out more.