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      02-02-2009, 04:19 PM   #1
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Safe to Drive with Sidewall Bubble?

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I've had my car for almost 7k miles and I already got a sidewall bubble in the front passenger side tire. It must have come from hitting one of the tens of thousands of potholes I encounter on my daily commute from Burbank to Downtown LA.

Here is my question. How safe is it to be driving without replacing the tire? Obviously DUH the safest option will be to replace the tire(s) but I'm moving somewhere close to the Metro Red Line so I won't be driving during the week. If this is the case, is it still something that I should take care of immediately and replace? Or is it safe enough where I can take my time and shop around for the right deal, etc.

Since the first thing you guys will say is "search", I did a search for "sidewall bubble tire" and didn't quite find what I was looking for so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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thanks for the quick responses guys. where can i get a good price on some new tires
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replace it dude, it will only get worse, and is dangerous
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thanks for the quick responses guys. where can i get a good price on some new tires
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I beg to differ on the REPLACE ASAP argument.

I've had a sidewall bubble (on my summer set of tires) since June 2008 and drove all the way to November with no issues at all. I'm going to put them back on in April and the sidewall bubble is still there.

I asked my service advisor at BMW what he thought and he told me just leave them on until the tire blows...if it's running fine now why spend the money to get a new tire. There's no guarantee it's even going to blow.
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I beg to differ on the REPLACE ASAP argument.

I've had a sidewall bubble (on my summer set of tires) since June 2008 and drove all the way to November with no issues at all. I'm going to put them back on in April and the sidewall bubble is still there.

I asked my service advisor at BMW what he thought and he told me just leave them on until the tire blows...if it's running fine now why spend the money to get a new tire. There's no guarantee it's even going to blow.
I've had the sidewall bubble since the first month of ownership (May 08) and I've had zero issues whatsoever. I've had my car upwards of 140+ on many occasions. Now, that isn't to say that I think that it's the safest thing to do, but I don't think that it's an absolute must to replace it as soon as you get it.

My SA told me the same thing. I'm not worrying about it until I'm ready to replace them. Just my .02
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I wouldn't go as far as the last two posters, but I just got a bubble this weekend and I was able to safely drive for the next couple of days. However, I would recommend replacing it at your earliest convenience, especially if you have the wheel and tire insurance.
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I wouldn't go as far as the last two posters, but I just got a bubble this weekend and I was able to safely drive for the next couple of days. However, I would recommend replacing it at your earliest convenience, especially if you have the wheel and tire insurance.
Yeah, I was thinking the EXACT same thing you were thinking.
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For those of us in the boonies TireRack + UPS is great. A few days and you have your new tire. In SCal you must have lots of local options -- take the TireRack price and ask for a match.
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I wouldn't go as far as the last two posters, but I just got a bubble this weekend and I was able to safely drive for the next couple of days. However, I would recommend replacing it at your earliest convenience, especially if you have the wheel and tire insurance.
This is the most sensible thing I've read on this thread. I vote this as the best answer.
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Replace soon, but def. not all that URGENT.. don't drive too fast and check every day to make sure it's not getting bigger

And by the way I just ran an autocross on a front tire that has a bubble.. Pressure was getting up to 43 PSI and nothing happened, bubble may have gotten a little bigger, no biggie.. Having mine replaced today since tires are all KAPUT anyway
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i had that before too. to avoid it again, check your tire pressure weekly or bi-weekly to make sure it's right
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I would replace it and make it a medium - high priority next to going to the bathroom to take a dump. The tire is un-safe and you don't want to cause any accidents that can easily be prevented.
Eh?? Have you read some of the other responses? It's not that unsafe as long as he checks it often and it is not getting bigger.. Don't make him all paranoid ...
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Eh?? Have you read some of the other responses? It's not that unsafe as long as he checks it often and it is not getting bigger.. Don't make him all paranoid ...
it can easily let go while driving. i had a small bubble in a goodyear f1. drove on it for 1k miles, all fine.hit a small bump (maybe an inch tall) boom, instant deflation. managed to hit the bubble exactly and ruptured the tire completely


the bubble is a tear in the cords that make up your sidewall. the only thing holding the air in is about 1/8" of unreinforced rubber. its a gamble. it could hold for 10K miles, it could blow out while you're taking a curve on the side of a mountain at 70. it could blow out when you're 200 miles out of town and leave you stranded.

the longer you drive on it, the higher the risk becomes.
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I beg to differ on the REPLACE ASAP argument.

I've had a sidewall bubble (on my summer set of tires) since June 2008 and drove all the way to November with no issues at all. I'm going to put them back on in April and the sidewall bubble is still there.

I asked my service advisor at BMW what he thought and he told me just leave them on until the tire blows...if it's running fine now why spend the money to get a new tire. There's no guarantee it's even going to blow.
Cool. What color is your car and what are the plate numbers? Next time I'm on the freeway I'll be sure to tag alongside of you just waiting for that tire to either not blow or blow (since there's no guarantee, right?)

Then you can spin out and smack into me and I'll sue your SA. Which dealer is it?
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A blown tire could be as minor as an inconvenience and as major as an accident, if you are startled by it or lose control. I say replace.
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Come on guys, one might get the impression this was a Yugo forum. A responsible driver does not put other people's lives in danger by driving on a tire with known structural damage, especially at speed. When the driver is an muppet, it is the responsibility of the SA to advise him correctly. When the SA is a muppet as well (as the aforementioned SA), then chances are likely that a legal forum will assign responsibility. The only good advice here is to get a new tire. But to answer the original posters question, probably ok to replace within next few days or so.
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Come on guys, one might get the impression this was a Yugo forum. A responsible driver does not put other people's lives in danger by driving on a tire with known structural damage, especially at speed. When the driver is an muppet, it is the responsibility of the SA to advise him correctly. When the SA is a muppet as well (as the aforementioned SA), then chances are likely that a legal forum will assign responsibility. The only good advice here is to get a new tire.
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