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Yesterday as I was out driving I sudenly started to hear loud thumps like a flat tire. I stopped and that was not the source of the thumping. When I got home i checked the tires thinking there might have been a bolt or something similar in the tires.


What I found was large amounts of either tar or asphalt patch across the width of 2 tires and solidly embedded in the grooves. I did not drive through any obvious construction area. However, the town has been patching potholes without any signs to be aware.


Today I tried to at least clean out the grooves. Tried a flat head screw driver and a small amount of WD40; did not work.


Has anyone removed these material from tires without damaging the tires?


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Needle nose pliers could work but they are so compactly embedded that there is nothing to grab on to. If I can get it started, I'll give that a try.
 

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What about aerosol brake cleaner? That's what I use to remove road tar from the rocker panels on my vehicles.

The only question is how the tire compound would be affected. I don't think it would be damaged, but can't say for sure.

 

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What about aerosol brake cleaner? That's what I use to remove road tar from the rocker panels on my vehicles.

The only question is how the tire compound would be affected. I don't think it would be damaged, but can't say for sure.


I agree with you but since this is a safety issue it looks like I'm going to have to buy new tires.
 

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I agree with you but since this is a safety issue it looks like I'm going to have to buy new tires.
Might be worth checking with the city, county, or state trans dept that was filling the holes to see their policy on signage and warnings. I got caught by a group filling potholes here a couple months back, the guy holding traffic in my direction walked over and started talking to me. He apologized for holding me up, I thanked him for the potholes being fixed and told him we ended up with a bent rim on our car due to a pothole. He said that the state here will pay for repairs due to potholes if you report the damage. It had been over a year since my wife hit the hole that bent our rim, so figured was not worth trying in our situation.
 

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I agree with you but since this is a safety issue it looks like I'm going to have to buy new tires.
I can't tell you to ignore what you consider a safety issue but I can tell you NO WAY would I buy new tires if this were my problem.
First off I would probably just drive it, I can't see how that stuff won't come off in some kind of order all on its own, a quick trip to 70mph may be required and if that doesn't work gasoline will definitely soften the stuff up.
 

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Might be worth checking with the city, county, or state trans dept that was filling the holes to see their policy on signage and warnings. I got caught by a group filling potholes here a couple months back, the guy holding traffic in my direction walked over and started talking to me. He apologized for holding me up, I thanked him for the potholes being fixed and told him we ended up with a bent rim on our car due to a pothole. He said that the state here will pay for repairs due to potholes if you report the damage. It had been over a year since my wife hit the hole that bent our rim, so figured was not worth trying in our situation.
I agree with you on what to do but unfortunately several years ago I went through that experience with a pothole that was about 10 inches deep and under a railroad bridge so it wasn't visible. The damage to my car was $1900. There were so many cars damaged by the pothole that it was on TV and in the local newspapers where it was called the Notorious Pothole.



The reporters contacted the Rochester NY city officials about it and there were told a bold faced LIE; they were told it had been filled in a week prior yet it was still there 2 weeks later.


One person did file with the city and there claim was rejected and told the city is not responsible.


With my current situation I would have to point out the exact spot where it happened and then prove it.
 

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I agree with you on what to do but unfortunately several years ago I went through that experience with a pothole that was about 10 inches deep and under a railroad bridge so it wasn't visible. The damage to my car was $1900. There were so many cars damaged by the pothole that it was on TV and in the local newspapers where it was called the Notorious Pothole.



The reporters contacted the Rochester NY city officials about it and there were told a bold faced LIE; they were told it had been filled in a week prior yet it was still there 2 weeks later.


One person did file with the city and there claim was rejected and told the city is not responsible.
Rejected by the city. Not by a court.

What's your time worth? $1900 is small claims court territory. Talk to folks in legal aid. They may be willing to give you assistance in filing the paperwork and how to comport yourself in court.

Dated and witnessed pictures to prove the veracity of your claim about the not filled pothole should be worthwhile. Since it's notorious there are likely news articles too.

The weasels from city hall committing perjury generally will piss a judge off PDQ. They don't like being lied to under oath.
 
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