I noticed a small cut(or crack) on my FRW.Its not deeper than 1mm and I do not see any wires nor I have any pressure leakage. Is it ok to keep using them?They are for winter and I am using it only 4-5 months a year.


Pic with the tyre

  • Yeah should be safe. Just make sure to keep an eye on the pressures.
    – race fever
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 12:29
  • I have pressure sensor,or whatever they are called and they display when the pressure is lower but so far I dont get any of that on my dashboard so I think I am fine.
    – VWR
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 13:29

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It's pretty much up to you. But let me tell you something, in a period of my life I was so busy that I didn't have time to change my tires. It was so cut off that you could easily see the wires and I couldn't go above 70mph! The car was vibrating above that speed! Now I don't encourage you to drive in that condition. Especially if you are living in a country where there are heavy rains. But I think you're good to go.

By the way if the cut is not asymmetrical (in one part of one tire) it might be an indication of faulty wheels. You might want to check that up. (A picture of the crack would help)

  • We dont have heavy rains like in the UK for example and also I didnt noticed any vibration on the road. I have already added a pic with the tyre, just click on the "Pic with the tyre" on my first post.
    – VWR
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 13:31
  • I just saw the picture. The crack looks like something hit the tire, curb or something like that. Nothing to worry about Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 8:49

How long do you think the thread will last on this axle? If your answer is "not a whole lot" or "less than a year" then replace.

If there's a fair bit of thread left, seeing as you've not cut any wires, just keep an eye on it. Keep in mind that the wires are now exposed to the elements so the lifespan of your tyre will be reduced.

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