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

This tire was driven on long after the blowout When there is sidewall separation from tread carcass like this it had to have been driven on longer than claimed. When a tire suffers pressure loss and ...
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"Iron wires" showing through sidewall

The "wires" you mention are likely the tire cords - essentially bands of steel wire that are major structural elements of the tire's construction. If they are exposed this is an indicator of imminent ...
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Tire sidewall damage, replace immediately?

Sidewall damage is a serious issue. Sidewall is the structural part of the tire, and damage to it can result in dangerous consequences. Replace your tire immediately. If you know how to put the spare ...
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Can this tire sidewall damage be repaired or should I replace the tire?

The damage you are showing is minor cosmetic damage. If the following occurs with sidewall damage, then get it replaced: Tire deflation (cannot be legally repaired in most countries) You pull the ...
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What is my friend's wife not telling him (about this tire)?

Why doesn't your friend believe his wife? The tire probably blew up when it hit a pothole or curb. She drove without noticing until it started to pull to the side. Probably a little while until she ...
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What is my friend's wife not telling him (about this tire)?

From the look of the rim, it seems it may have been in contact with something ... that something may have been a curb or two. If so, this could have weakened the side wall, which caused catastrophic ...
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Will this tyre fail its MOT?

If you can't see or feel the cords by lifting the edge of the cut with a blunt instrument (e.g. a coffee stirrer), then it shouldn't fail: any ply or cord that can be seen without touching the tyre – ...
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What is my friend's wife not telling him (about this tire)?

If you look at more than just the sidewall, you'll notice the tread shoulder is heavily worn. This tire is well beyond 3/32 and verging on bald in most of the tread pattern. There is slight cupping ...
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What is my friend's wife not telling him (about this tire)?

I've had the wall separate like that after a blow-out, just in the time needed to stop. My impression is that the rim sliced it as it drove flat. So, it doesn't take a "long time". Just going from ...
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Tire sidewall damage, replace immediately?

If the tire is holding air, you should be safe enough to take it to the tire shop to get it replaced, but replacement is exactly what you should do. The damage on the tire is of enough severity there'...
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Should a tire with cracks along the outer perimeter of the sidewall be replaced?

I have only seen wear like that in tires that are around 10 years old. What does the date code say? Have you ever let a rubber-band sit for years? You are risking tread separation by driving them like ...
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Tire SideWall Damage. Replace?

Replace for sure. The sidewall is the most vulnerable part of the tire. The tire might be holding air for now, and you might be able to drive on it for a while, but it could "pop" at any time ...
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Is this tyre damage a problem?

I'm guessing that these are BMW spec runflat tyres? This isn't the first time I've seen such damage. Apparently, because they are intended to be used in an emergency without pressure, the sidewalls ...
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Do I Need To Change the Tire If the Sidewall Is Damaged Like This?

Long answer: As @David said, absolutely, change the tire immediately. In view of the age of the tires, unless they were spectacular tires to begin with, they are probably all due for replacement. ...
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Tire SideWall Damage. Replace?

although JPhi is right in what he says, he's also slightly wrong. If you have taken a chunk out of your sidewall it's not necessarily dangerous in the slightest, it only becomes dangerous when you ...
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Sidewall has gashes, should I replace?

Depends on locale, in the UK that tyre is damaged so badly that it would be illegal and if stopped you would accumulate points on your license for it. A tyre must not have a cut or tear in excess ...
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Do I Need To Change the Tire If the Sidewall Is Damaged Like This?

Yes, replace the tire immediately. I'd recommend replacing both tires on that axle, but not all four unless they are as bald as that one appears to be. Despite what tire shops will tell you, it isn'...
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Should this tire be replaced?

Yes.. It needs to be replaced as it is not safe. It would also fail an MOT like that. It might not fail today or even next month etc, but you couldn't trust that tyre. Under heavy loads like ...
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Tire Sidewall Damage

That should be replaced and really soon - don't go on a freeway / motorway with it like that, as it looks deep. Even running around town it should be replaced asap...
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Car tyre damaged, best way to repair it

You will need to replace the tyre. Sidewall damage is not repairable.
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Should a tire with cracks along the outer perimeter of the sidewall be replaced?

Short answer, yes. Long answer...Yes
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"Iron wires" showing through sidewall

Sidewall damage is almost unrepairable. If it is indeed damage to the steel belts, the tire will fail violently (instantly) soon in the future. That's a good reason not to be trying to change it ...
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Cut on the sidewall - is this safe or should i replace?

There seems to be metal poking out of the cut, although it could be a trick of the light in the picture. If it is metal then the metal sidewall reinforcement is damaged and the tire's integrity is ...
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Flat tire with sidewall damage, slashing or driving damage?

The tire died of old age. He gave his life for the safety of the vehicles driver. Snark aside: Judging from the cracks that tire must be long overdue. Your friend can consider himself lucky. Should ...
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Can this tire sidewall damage be repaired or should I replace the tire?

If you decide to keep driving on this tire, don't use superglue on that rubber flap. When superglue sets it becomes rigid and brittle. The tire will flex a bit when you drive, and break the glue bond ...
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HOW urgently should I replace this tire? Is it safe to drive on at all?

For your safety and others . Please change the tire. I had the same size bump on my run flats . Tires with less than 1k . Don't risk the lives of others to save a few bucks. It will cost you ...
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Sidewall has gashes, should I replace?

From the looks of it, these are only superficial scores in the rubber on the side wall. If there isn't any threads showing in from the sidewall and they don't leak air, they are probably just fine. If ...
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What is my friend's wife not telling him (about this tire)?

Only thing I can think of is that the sidewall was destroyed by a curb at just the wrong height, or something similar. You would have to be fairly oblivious to not notice that the drivers side rear of ...
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Tire sidewall damage near rim cosmetic?

It looks cosmetic to me especially since the gash isn't very deep. The length of the gash doesn't look very concerning since there appears to be plenty of material left underneath the gash. You also ...
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Can I drive on this tire with sidewall damage?

NO , do NOT continue to use that tire, the plies are exposed and will damage very rapidly either at that point, or due to moisture ingress, further away. Put the spare on and get that one replaced, ...
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