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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 the blowout happened during a fast drive the consequences would have been serious. But please, tell you friend to inspect the remaining tires and replace them if ...


6

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 compromised, in which case you should replace it right away. From other angles it looks like the glint is from some sort of wire buried to give the tire a ...


5

You are lucky to have gotten 18K miles and 5 years service. Even if this tire was new, REPLACE right away. I wouldn't drive this tire on expressways, keep it under 35mph until you get it replaced. It's not worth taking the chance with your safety. 55 years experience talking.


5

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, as the time of failure cannot be predicted, ie it may look ok, until you are taking a high speed corner then, suddenly you won’t be. For your safety, and your ...


3

Tires marked with an "outside" need to have that mark facing you. "inside" marks needs to be facing the car. If you look at the tread pattern, it is asymetrical. It looks like the manufacturer is trying to make the tire quieter, but this will only work if the part of the tread meant to be outside is actually facing outside. It sounds like the shop that ...


3

Yes, it's safe. Decreased tire height will increase the odds of dinging your wheels when parking or running over curbs, etc., but as long as they fit correctly on your wheels (same rim diameter / tire width) and have a high enough load rating for your car, there's no reason they would be dangerous.


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Tires with advanced dry rot must be replaced. Dry rot allows air to escape the tire, making it difficult or even impossible to keep the tire properly inflated. Dry rot can also cause unnatural rubber expansion while driving that actually breaks the tire apart. Tires with dry rot are much more likely to develop leaks, holes, and blow outs. Bottom line, get ...


2

A tire with that large a profile would likely survive running ~70 yards completely flat, although presumably it will have been running for some distance partially flat and this is the unknown that may have caused damage to the sidewalls. The problem with damage from running "flat" or even partially flat is that the damage is done internally - you can't ...


1

I agree with the tire guy, the damage isn't bad enough to warrant replacement as it doesn't go deep enough to damage the sidewall. You can cut those pieces off or glue them down (gluing usually looks better) without causing any issues. Keep an eye on those areas of the tire, if you see any bulges in the damaged areas (or anywhere else) get the tire replaced.


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Yes it will fit safely, but will lower your vehicle by (0.50-0.45)*215mm = 10.75mm and will increase your speedometer and odometer reading by 2%.


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I work in a make ready department for a car dealership, and we would absolutely always replace this on a stock or customer's vehicle. While perhaps not "dangerous" to drive to a shop, it's going to blow out before too long, and repairs to sidewall cuts or punctures never last very long. So, short answer, replace it now, don't try to repair it or drive on it ...


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