Thread: Bump on car tire
02-21-2008, 01:29 PM #1
Bump on car tire
I hit a fist-sized rock/chunk of dirt on the freeway last weekend, which made a part of the tire bulge out on the sidewall (but much closer to the thread than to the wheel). The bump is ~1" across and sticks out ~1/8-1/4" (don't have a camera handy). The tire pressure seems fine.
Should I be running to get a new tire -- am I cheating death by seriously risking a blow-out every time I get behind the wheel? Or can I live with it for a few months? A friend told me she's done the latter in the past...
These are the stock Suby Potenza tires that everyone bitches about. Yes, I'm going to replace them sometime soon, but wasn't planning on it just yet.
02-21-2008, 01:32 PM #2
02-21-2008, 01:38 PM #3
02-21-2008, 02:01 PM #4
I realize that this isn't good. Just wondering if I'm risking a blow out or a conventional flat tire that kinda fizzles out.
No substantial wear. That's what sucks -- they have <10K mi on them and I might have to replace all 4... Guess I'm going to hit up the replacement Suby tire thread...
02-21-2008, 02:02 PM #5
you damaged your inner sidewall. It looks like a bubble right? Iwould replace it pretty soon but you don't have to run down to the tire store right away. I drove with a bubble for a few months when I was a poor college student.
02-21-2008, 02:09 PM #6
^^^ Thank you. Yes, a bubble. Didn't even notice it the first time I checked but it's there and it hasn't grown in the ~700 mi since (was on a trip when this happened).
1) How big does the difference in wear need to be to require me to change all 4 (or 2?) of the tires? 1mm, 2mm, etc...? Don't want to get sheisted, as I'm sure the first thing I'll hear walking into a store is that I should get all 4 regardless of the wear.
2) Is there any sort of warranty on these things? I doubt it but asking doesn't hurt. The car (and tires) seriously has <10K miles on it...
02-21-2008, 02:09 PM #7
02-21-2008, 02:25 PM #8
By the same logic, most other air-filled rubber objects, like, say, balloons, go BANG when punctured with a nail, yet a tire just kinda fizzles out. Maybe they do in the southern hemisphere, where people wear hats on their feet and hamburgers eat people.
(oh, wait... NOT Australian... got it)
Last edited by BigKuba; 02-21-2008 at 04:28 PM.
02-21-2008, 02:31 PM #9
Keep the tire.
You will quite possibly have absolutely no problem keeping that tire and driving on it for the next 30,000 miles.
02-21-2008, 02:34 PM #10
Last edited by BigKuba; 02-21-2008 at 02:37 PM.
02-21-2008, 03:12 PM #11
I too tend to think you'll be okay for a while. Keep an eye on it. Have you ever driven through a blowout? There's always the chance it could happen at a really inopportune moment, but on straitish dry pavement I don't believe they're a huge deal.that's all i can think of, but i'm sure there's something else...
02-21-2008, 03:40 PM #12
Driving around with a damaged sidewall is fucking retarded. You aren't poor. Buy a fucking tire already. Yes, you can replace just one. No, your center diff won't explode. Yes, you should replace all four because those tires suck, but you really should have negotiated that when you bought the car.
Covered by warranty? Do skis tend to get covered by warranty when you jump on rocks?
You obviously made up your mind before you even posted this...why bother?
You will quite possibly have absolutely no problem keeping that tire and driving on it for the next 30,000 miles.If you're a relatively moral, ethical person, there's no inherent drive to kiss ass and beg for forgiveness and promise to never do it again, which is what mostly goes on in church. -YetiMan
02-21-2008, 03:53 PM #13
Yes, I knew I should replace it. I know I shouldn't drive it to skiing this weekend and I won't, but I do have to drive to work. My question was whether even that would be fkn retarded.
Knew about the shitty stock tires but didn't have a choice -- bought the car (slightly) used. Care to contribute something positive and recommend a good tire for SoCal driving with weekly trips to Mammoth before I search for the Suby tire thread?
Car's pretty damn new and under the conventional as well as extended warranty, we'll see what they say. I'm familiar with the ski analogy but as you can see in this thread, you never know.
Finally, calm the fuck down.
02-21-2008, 03:58 PM #14
Well, just take 't easy, man.
I'm perfectly calm, Dude.
Yeah? Wavin' a gun around?!
Calmer than you are.
edit: I'd dig into that thread. My preferences in tires are very sticky and short lived.If you're a relatively moral, ethical person, there's no inherent drive to kiss ass and beg for forgiveness and promise to never do it again, which is what mostly goes on in church. -YetiMan
02-21-2008, 08:16 PM #15
Bubble in tire
Hey, there is a really simple solution here. I'm assuming your Subi has a full size spare tire?? If so, take the one with the bubble on it and use it as a spare. I would NOT use it any longer than you have to. On a nice straight road a blow-out won't be a problem. But, on a corner, like going up to Alta, it could be really bad. How's your luck generally???
So, use it as the spare and put the spare on the car. If you have a wimp-spare, then you'll have to buy a new tire.
Regarding the size difference between the various tires, the Subi web site should tell you, or the owner's manual. DO NOT trust the tire sales guy. This is something that companies actually test and you should listen to them. On my car I'm only allowed a difference of 3mm in circumference between the tires - all of 'em - it's a 4WD car.Life's simple: Ski or Die
02-21-2008, 09:17 PM #16
Tire's fucked -- junk it ASAP. Sketchy to drive around town. I might, depending on traffic, weather and sense of my own driving ability (I'm prone to taking too many chances with this kind of shit however).
If you are short dough consider hitting the junkyard for a similar tire (should be able to match the brand/model/size on a Potenza). Then replace full set w/better rubber. www.tirerack.comDamn, we're in a tight spot!
02-21-2008, 09:55 PM #17
Well, gonna drive to work in traffic tomorrow and then hit up Costco/Tire Rack
02-21-2008, 10:23 PM #18
I drove with a big egg on mine for 6 months or so. It was so stupid, the Les Schwab monkey told me I was a moron. Get it fixed."All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring."
02-21-2008, 10:30 PM #19
02-21-2008, 10:37 PM #20
Alright, fine, you've all proven that I'm a retard for even asking. Thanks for playing.
I'm going to have to drive to work tomorrow for a meeting but it's going to be in slowass LA traffic, and then getting a new set. Dammit. At least I'll ski pow this weekend...
02-21-2008, 10:59 PM #21
02-22-2008, 02:40 AM #22
02-22-2008, 07:57 AM #23
I'd be less concerned about YOU, and show a little concern for those around you when the tires blows up and you ending hurting/killing someone else. If it happens on "winter roads", you'll be in trouble. I mean fuck...what's $75 for the peace of mind as well as knowing you aren't going to kill someone else...Gravity. It's the law.
02-22-2008, 09:13 AM #24
I had the same thing happen to my wifes forester. Four newer winter tires one w/bulge one day she was driving along and the air let out. Now I have three winter tires for sale.People should learn endurance; they should learn to endure the discomforts of heat and cold, hunger and thirst; they should learn to be patient when receiving abuse and scorn; for it is the practice of endurance that quenches the fire of worldly passions which is burning up their bodies.
02-22-2008, 09:17 AM #25
If you're talking about re92's, it should be VERY easy to buy a used one on NASIOC.com.....
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