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THE MECHANIC AT MITSUBISHI SAID I'M NOT LEAKING AIR SO I SHOULD BE OK...what do you think? I asked to buy one tire because sadly that's all I could afford right now on short notice and he says no, due to the tread being as low as it is on all tires. I'm not sure if I can make it back home to California. About 2000 miles from where I am now. How bad is to bad in this situation and what can i do? Can I band-aid this situation?

I can't be 100% but it might have happened parking since the rim was just slightly scratched up in the same spot. Nothing major to rim


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I really wouldn't be doing any distance on that - it's impossible to tell how deep that goes but what I can see shows it going way deeper than I would consider safe. 5 miles down the road to the dealer is one thing - 2,000 miles is another thing entirely!

You aren't losing air now - but that doesn't mean it's okay. A deep gash like that getting subjected to high loads, shocks, and bumps could easily tear open - and then you're going to lose all that air in a hurry, and if you're doing any thing approaching highway speeds it's going to be unpleasant. Potentially the "lose control and die a horrible fiery death" kind of unpleasant.

Given the car is 2WD there's nothing mechanically wrong with swapping the front tires to the back and replacing just the damaged one. There's no differential at the rear for it to cause problems to, it might upset the stability control but I'd be surprised.

It's not ideal - ideally tires should be replaced in pairs across the axle but if it were a case of doing it to get you home and then replacing the other side as soon as funds allowed then I'd do that in a heartbeat!

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    That's a gash in the sidewall of the tire. Not repairable, and I wouldn't drive on it further than the nearest place where I could get an undamaged tire put on it.
    – Huesmann
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 18:35

Don't know where you are, but there are generally used tire places around where you can get one decent tire for relatively cheap. Not sure I'd drive 2000 miles at highway speeds on the tire pictured. If nothing else, put the bad tire on the back axle.

  • Thank you. It's a 165 65 R14 been very hard to find. In driving a Mitsubishi mirage G4 manual. Its fwd if any of that makes a difference or can help answer my question or your statement about putting it in the back rather than keeping up front passanger side
    – brandon
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 14:27
  • Dang! Now I see your point. That is an odd tire size these days. Definitely put it on the back regardless of which wheels are driven. You want to be able to maintain steering control in case of a failure. There is some debate on this point, so do some research. Call junk yards too. See if you can get a spare or a wheel/tire from a wreck.
    – Tim Nevins
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 17:18

Can’t tell how deep that goes, but replace it as you want to drive a significant distance and as you said the tread is low.

  • If I cant afford all 4 tires will it hurt the car further to have one new tire on
    – brandon
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 14:29
  • If it is 4x4 then 1 new tire compared to 3 old ones could possibly cause transmission damage - there are several q&a about this on here already.
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 14:33
  • Could you give me a li k to that q&a possibly? It is a 5 speed manual transmission in a 2018 Mitsubishi mirage G4
    – brandon
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 14:46
  • Used the search function and got, one of many mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/23944/10976
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 14:48

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