I have always found it more useful to call the manufacturer's district rep than to argue with the dealer about a warantee item. All the dealer cares about is whether they will get reimbursed.Just a guess but I assume the low pressure tire monitor came on, was ignored (or the TPMS was faulty), and the tire was driven on in that state for a long period of time. The run flat offered enough rigidity that the condition wasn’t noticed until there was enough frequent day to day bumps and shocks that the barrel cracked which truthfully looks terrifying.
I would still ask for a replacement (doesn’t hurt to try) but they will probably site negligence. If you sight the safety aspect of it, however, they may replace it to make you go away. I would suggest calling Alfa Romeo Cares first before the dealership. Corporate would be more concerned with a safety issue and willing to help. They will also retrieve the wheel for inspection.
Good luck and glad no one was hurt.
I have to wonder if a rock got caught between the caliper and barrel, digging a grove. QV owners have had plenty of such problems, but they have less clearance.I must add, chances of structural failure is significantly higher with cast wheels. My guess is most wheels out there are cast and not forged. Is this rare, sure. Is it metallurgically likely? yes given the right circumstances.
Either way, what's important is nobody is hurt.
Which is why I said call Alfa Cares ( i.e. corporate) because being a safety issue it is more likely to get a favorable outcome for the consumer (a new wheel) and Alfa itself will want to take a closer look at that wheel to determine the cause.I have always found it more useful to call the manufacturer's district rep than to argue with the dealer about a warantee item. All the dealer cares about is whether they will get reimbursed.
Wow, that's a new one. Never seen anything like that. Imagine if she'd been cruising at 100+mph like I drive? Scary! Please keep us posted.Look carefully at the first image. The barrel split in two along its circumference, all along the bottom half (halfway between the front and back of the barrel).
For 4 cylinder models without considering price Michelin PS4S and Michelin PS A/S3+ are popular options depending on temperature constraints. PS A/S3+ was recently discontinued and replaced with the supposedly improved A/S4, but A/S4 was at last check only available in a few sizes-none suitable for Giulia. The PS4S situation may be similar.Update.
I finally made time to get the wheel off and took it by the dealership as they were very eager to see it.
I wished I would've grabbed more photos.
The dealership kept wheel and tire to send to corporate for further investigation / direction in what to do to correct issue. Further update to come.
As I wait any recommendations for new tires?
I'm not sure if I want rfts or not.
And as always you guys have been great 👍