got a slight cut in the sidewall of the tyre. What do you recommend - repair or replace? Its a fairly new tyre with just ard 11K kms done. Pls suggest. Thanks! enter image description here

  • There are dozens of answers on this stack covering this exact topic, so I am voting to close this. A summary answer, replace the tire if you have any question about the type's safety. Commented May 21, 2018 at 20:58
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    Possible duplicate of Tire SideWall Damage. Replace? Commented May 21, 2018 at 20:58
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    Every question on this topic is different and requires a picture to get a safe opinion or answer, so they are not duplicates technically. There should just be a wiki for this type of question, with general advice about any tire damage.
    – Moab
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 23:00
  • Relying on a wiki, as advised above, is not the safest course of action - replacing the damaged tire as per @kyle_engineer is a safe course of action, or taking it to a professional tire fitter / establishment for inspection and subsequent action is also safe.
    – Solar Mike
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 5:45
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    A picture doesn't really do it. That looks very minor to me, but what I am willing to drive on and what I recommend to my customers are entirely different things. The topic simply has too much liability to make a "looks purty okays to me" kind of suggestion. I've seen huge chunks missing which I know are okay to drive on. I've seen tiny slits that look fairly innocent, but hide a huge deep cut that has cut through sidewall bands making the tire unsafe. "Whadya think about this??" Replace it.
    – SteveRacer
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 6:04

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Is it leaking? If not, leave it. If it’s leaking, never repair a sidewall. You’ll be at risk of a blowout. Buy a new tire and be safe.

  • Hello Alex, thanks for your reply! It doesn't seem to be leaking. I do plan to show it in the workshop to double-confirm. Commented May 28, 2018 at 4:01
  • pretty accurate answer. It's illegal to repair sidewalls.
    – John Lord
    Commented Jul 26, 2018 at 5:24

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