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I was coming back from New York City on Interstate 78 express lane when I hit a massive unavoidable pothole. The hole was deep and more than a foot in diameter. It was rush hour, and the city decided to divert traffic onto the shoulder lane and right lane. The left most lane was closed to presumably to do construction. On both sides of the two open express lanes were concrete barriers. I was on the right (shoulder) lane and traveling at about 50mph.
As I approached the hole, I had about 1 second to react and four choices: swerve right and smash into the concrete barrier, swerve left and crash into another car, slam on brakes and get rear ended, or slow down as much as possible. Clearly, I chose to slow down. I estimate I was traveling at around 40+ because the car on my tail prevented me from braking hard. I’m well aware the Audi A5 can stop from 60-0 in ~110ft, but I sure as hell know the Toyota behind me couldn’t.

After hitting the hole, I heard a loud bang and I just knew something wasn’t right. I could feel the car vibrating, but still very drivable and not too noticeable. A couple hundred yards up, I saw an Audi A6 and a few other cars pulled over. I am assuming they hit the same hole! I should have pulled over and asked, but like I said the vibrations weren’t very severe and the car was drivable.

When I got home, I saw this…



No air leaked out and hasn’t for two days. And there doesn’t seem to be damage to the tires. (By the way, this is the 19” Y-design wheels and not the 18” Y-design wheels. I wish I had my 18” winter tire wheels on.)

After inspecting my wheel I decided it would be a good idea to go back and take pictures. So I grabbed my camera and headed over to that location. Here is the exact location of this hole…



When I arrived I noticed both express lanes were closed and all traffic was diverted to the local lanes. Looking from the local lane, I saw construction trucks working on the very road I hit the pothole. The next day, I attempted to go back to that location and the express lanes were opened back up, but traffic wasn’t diverted as it was before. Moreover, the potholes seemed to have been filled!

I don’t want to go through the insurance because they will increase my rates. My plan so far is to get the wheel replaced and car checked for other damage, and then submit a compensation claim to the city.

Think I have case? Anyone from New Jersey have experience with this?

What are the next steps I should take? Can I still drive on that wheel? Can I repair or is it better to replace? What about the tire? How much is this going to cost me? Could any other damage have occurred?
 

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Sorry to see that. You made the right choice by slowing down...all the other options weren't good.

Did it also damage the rear wheel? Might want to check just to be sure. I had an A4 a few years ago and similar situation...both front and rear wheel got bent.

I'm very surprised it held air and is still holding air. Definitely get a new wheel.

Good luck.
 

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Everyone I told is also very surprised no air has leaked out.

There doesn't seem to be damage to the rear wheel, but I will have to remove it to know.
 

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I wouldn't drive on it - If you dismount that tire now, you MAY be able to save it - the wheel is a goner - that crack is right on the bead and I too, am surprised it's still holding air - my thoughts are that the more you drive on it the worse it may get and could blow out - leaving you some potentially new damage to repair - and then it will definitely kill the tire. You should make a claim and get a new wheel - do NOT try and repair that one - anybody telling you they can fix it is risking YOUR life -
 

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I'll know the condition of the tire by Tuesday when I dismount it. These are run flat tires by the way. I suppose I should have them take a look at my rear tire too.
 

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I'll know the condition of the tire by Tuesday when I dismount it. These are run flat tires by the way. I suppose I should have them take a look at my rear tire too.
Are you sure? They don't look like it by the writing on the sidewall, they look like regular Dunlop Sports...
 

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OMG that's insane! Maybe I should've purchased the tire/rim insurance afterall...just couldn't justify the $700+ in case I hit a giant pothole...The rim must be $700-$800 huh!?
 

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Are you sure? They don't look like it by the writing on the sidewall, they look like regular Dunlop Sports...
They are Dunlop SP Maxx or something. I'm pretty sure all Audi's in the US come equipped with run flats, but don't quote me. They are definitely run flats because I have TPMS sensors.
 

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I spoke to my Audi dealer and they say a new Y-design wheel would cost me $450. $1500 is a bit overpriced.

$1500-$450=$1050
$525 per tire?

I know tire rack sells Audi OEM tires for $200-$300.
 

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the roads throughout nyc are pure shit after that most recent snow storm. i shutter everytime i hit a pothole with my Y 19inchers. its like driving in a third world country.
 
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