Questions tagged [sidewall-damage]

To be used when there is sidewall damage on the tire, to ask advice about the damage. Should be used together with the tire tag.

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What is my friend's wife not telling him (about this tire)?

So a friend of mine sent me this picture of a "blow out" that happened on his wife's car (some Infinity coupe). She said that it just happened all of a sudden with no warning. She says she pulled ...
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HOW urgently should I replace this tire? Is it safe to drive on at all?

Update: I actually don't even have the car anymore. But I did immediately change this tire at the time. It's my rear right tire. It has a significant bulge in the sidewall. Here are two pictures ...
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Can this tire sidewall damage be repaired or should I replace the tire?

I* hit a curb and got a small tear in the front passenger side tire. The tear is about 1" long and goes mostly across the surface of the tire but also a little bit, maybe 1/4", toward the inside of ...
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Tire sidewall damage, replace immediately?

Somehow I was lucky enough to hit something when going downhill. And now my tire looks like in the picture. So should I still drive with this tire or get it replace immediately? And to replace it, is ...
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Tire SideWall Damage. Replace?

Yesterday I bumped into a curb and my tire has sidewall damage. Is this tire safe to drive on? or do I need to replace this tire?
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Do I Need To Change the Tire If the Sidewall Is Damaged Like This?

The front left tire of my car got a sidewall cut as shown in the picture (I am not sure when and how long ago it happened). I have already read this article (Can this tire sidewall damage be repaired ...
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Should a tire with cracks along the outer perimeter of the sidewall be replaced?

I have creases or small tears running throughout the perimeter of my tires. Does this warrant replacing the tire completely?
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Best way to approach a tire with a bubble in the sidewall

I found a bubble in my front right tire's sidewall on my 2006 Mazda3 2.3L (FWD, open diff). So it needs to be replaced. The replacement tire will end up going on the rear as it's time to rotate them ...
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Sidewall has gashes, should I replace?

I had planned to put on my winter tires this weekend and noticed that one tire had some gashes in the sidewall. Should I mount them or not? The third picture, is the worst IMO. They still have a few ...
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Sidewall of my tire has a tear, can this be repaired?

I have a Subaru Legacy 5.0i wagon, which has all-wheel drive. Taking a right turn yesterday, my rear passenger tire bumped on a curb. About 20 minutes later the tire was flat. There is an 'L' ...
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Should this tire be replaced?

I've got a 255/50/20 tire on a 2013 Ford Explorer Sport with sidewall damage as shown. The damaged area is about 1" long and the damage is about 3/32" deep. Does it need to be replaced? The tires ...
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"Iron wires" showing through sidewall

I purchased my Suzuki Alto K10 car in 2011. In 2017, I fitted the stepney (AKA "spare tyre") and have driven almost 15000km. Recently I have observed some iron wires came from side wall of this tyre,...
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Does a screw in the tire mean sidewall damage and tire replacement?

I bought my 2015 Hyundai Sonata last March (2015) and it has about 17,000 miles on it. I just found a screw in the rear driver side tire. Shows a slow leak when I took to a tire shop and they applied ...
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Tire sidewall damage near rim cosmetic?

I'm wondering if this looks like cosmetic damage to you. Damage to the sidewall near rim happened about a year and a half ago at around 20 mph. Tire has been holding air as well as the others over ...
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Is this tyre damage a problem?

I just noticed this distortion on my rear left tyre that must have been caused by hitting a pothole or something - there's an even smaller distortion on the front left tyre. It's barely perceptible ...
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Is this gouge in the side of the tire a safety issue?

During a routine tire pressure check, I noticed this gouge in the side of my tire: I'm wondering if it is a safety issue, but I hesitate to take it to a tire shop because I want an unbiased opinion. ...
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Torn tire tread and sidewall on Subaru Impreza

My wife hit a curb in my 2012 Subaru Impreza and there is a small tear in the tread. Do I need to replace all 4 tires or can I just replace 2? I was told that I may have to replace all 4 tires because ...
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Cut on the sidewall - is this safe or should i replace?

I am not sure if this is a cosmetic damage or a structural damage in the tire. The tire is a Bridgestone Turanza 225/40R18 in front. About 18k miles and almost 5 years old. I don't know where I got ...
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Could this be a defective new tire, only 5 days old?

Inside of front, passenger tire sustained damage to the side wall causing it to go flat. Wife swears she didn't hit anything other than running over the remnants of a tire from a truck on the highway. ...
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Lexus IS F Curb Damage On Tire. Do I Need To Replace? HELP

I just recently curbed my rims on my Lexus IS F 250 every drivers pet peeve! The rim damage is fixable I know but my main concern is do I need to replace the tire? I see no threads , and there is no ...
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Cut in my tyre sidewall & tread depth? [closed]

Is this small cut in my cars rear left side wall anything to worry about? Not only that but I’ve just purchased this car, and to me the tread looks very low and seems to be wearing unevenly. Any ...
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cut in the sidewall of my tire

i was just recently in a fender bender where somebody hit my passenger rear side of my truck leaving a nice 3 inch cut in the sidewall of my tire after looking at it, it looks like its only cut ...
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Slight scrape/cut along sidewall of tire after hitting curb

Was not paying enough attention and scraped against a curb yesterday. I scraped up a little of the hubcap but also noticed a slight cut in the rubber on the sidewall of the tire. I can hardly fit my ...
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Will this tyre fail its MOT?

It's a smallish cut on the sidewall, and I don't think it goes deep enough to reach the cords. Thanks.
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Tire Sidewall Damage [duplicate]

Cut a corner too close when I was parking and scraped a curb. How big of a problem is this..? Safe to drive or not?
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Side wall damage

Is this okay to drive on? Recently noticed this after getting some curb rash on the rim the car is basically new. Dealer told me it’s cosmetic damage but I’m not to sure
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Sidewall of tire repair not leaking or deflating

How can i fix this? Its not fully punctured and not leaking
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Tire side wall damage from curb

I am planning on replacing my tire, but I'm curious as to how dire it is. Should I put the spare on right away, or is it safe to drive on until I make an appointment with the dealer? The damaged ...
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Mechanic damaged the inside of my runflats

So as the title says, I'm not sure what was going through that mechanic's mind but they tore into the side of three of my tires to varying degrees, I can see the metal from the inside. I doubt that ...
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Cut on my car's tyre

I noticed that my car's back tyre has some damage. It doesn't look that worse but not sure if I should replace it. my car is Kia Rio.
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Can I drive on this tire with sidewall damage?

Hit a curb, I’m not optimistic, but take a look y’all
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A bump on the tire. Is it serious?

I have recently discovered a bump on a tire of my 2018 Camry SE. I have had this baby for a month shy of a full year now. The bump may have come from curb rash or a pothole. I am putting up a picture. ...
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Would be okay to drive on this tire?

I have a set of new wheels and tires coming in 2 weeks. Would it be okay to drive on this tire for 2 weeks? It seems like it's holding air fine. https://imgur.com/a/EBuhez3
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Do I Need To Change the Tire If the Sidewall Is Damaged Like This? Is this cosmetic or safety hazard?

The front right tire of my car got a sidewall cut as shown in the picture. Should I replace the tire? I'm wondering if this is cosmetic or safety hazard. This is Tesla model 3 with about 8000 miles ...
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Hit a curb and damaged the rim. Is it separating? Is it safe to drive until repair in a few days?

I grazed the curb on a right turn. Is it safe to drive? Is this the rim separating from the tire, or another problem altogether?
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Tyre sidewall chipped

Hi I have damaged my tyre wall by hitting car park kerb. Would I need to replace whole tyre?
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Tire sidewall advice

Haven't had the best luck with tires so I'm pretty cautious (aka paranoid) about something happening to them. Took a turn an it too close today and rubbed my rear right tire along it at around 35 mph.....
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Damaged sidewall - is this safe or should i replace?

I had a deflating tire. Took it off and found bubble on inner sidewall so decided to replace. Bought one online-used. Had it put on and found sidewall had some rubberized glue on it. Now that the ...
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My front tire sidewall is damaged

My tire sidewall is damaged as shown in this picture. I'm not sure when and how that happened. There is no air leak or any shaking. But I want to make sure is it still safe to drive. I have driven ...
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Small Chunks off my Tire Sidewall - Need Help! Fiat 500x

I stupidly scraped a curb in my Fiat 500x going maybe 5mph so not fast at all but I scraped my rims and took these two small chunks out of my tire. You guys can see they are the size of my tiny ...
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Weird gouges on the tire sidewall. Are they going to blow?

I just noticed these gouges on the rear driver side tires. Should I be worried about a possible blowout? Should I replace them? Thanks!
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Tyre sidewall damage. Safe to drive or replace ASAP?

Hey guys. I noticed the above tyre sidewall damage. The tyre is a 245/40R19 Pirelli P Zero, which has a substantial ridge to protect the wheel from damage. The tyre is not losing any pressure over ...
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'Chunks' missing from side of tire..Dangerous?

Just inherited sis in laws Audi--and discovered this chunk of tire missing from front drivers side tire. It might have been there a while. I'm torn between having to replace it ($$/€€€) and not ...
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Tire Damage Requires Replacement?

Got some curb damage to this tire, but haven’t experienced any deflation. Is this something that will require replacing the tire?
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Sliver of tire wall coming off

I parked my car today and noticed that part of the tire wall is coming off. I’m a very cautious person, and so when I seen this I immediately freaked out. I was wondering if I should get a new tire, ...
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Hit a curb, the curb cut off a piece of the tire. Will it needs replacement? [closed]

I miscalculated the distance and hit a curb while U turning a few days ago, the curb cut off a small piece of the right front tire and scratched the wheel a little bit. I went to a tire shop one day ...
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Tire sidewall damage from a pothole on the highway

I recently got a new car (bmw x1 2018) and couple nights ago, i hit a massive pothole on the high way. You should know that this is a leased vehicle and BMW wanted 2000+$ for rim and tire insurance ...
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How serious is this tear in the tire sidewall?

I accidentally hit the sidewall of the curb and it caused a small looking rip/tear. Do you think the tire is still good or should I replace it. I have a 4WD.
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Car tyre damaged, best way to repair it [duplicate]

SO I noticed there is a cut on my tyre. I was wondering whether there is some way I could repair it since those tyres were only replaced a few months ago. If so, what are the best ways to go about ...
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Do I need a new tire?

I noticed I had a flat in one of my tires so I made a trip to the nearest shop to get air now my tire has a ring around it showing where it rubbed against the rim! enter image description here
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