Tire Bulge

May 16, 2011

Yesterday I found out that one of my tires had a bulge on the sidewall.

I wasn’t aware of it until somebody pointed it out to me. It’s not easy to see the bulge unless you’re looking at the tire up close.

The steel belt inside of the tire has broken causing structural damage. The tire cannot be repaired and needs to be replaced as soon as possible.

I’m sure many of you have seen this before because it mainly happens when you hit a deep pothole. Ouch.

I changed all four of my tires just over a year ago so I had a hard time figuring out why my tire was already defective. Then I realized a couple of months back I hit a large pothole during a snow storm.

I didn’t see the pothole until the last second and couldn’t avoid it. I must have been driving like this for two months now. If you ever hit a deep pothole I highly recommend keeping an eye on the tire as it could burst at highway speeds leaving your car uncontrollable.

It’s been a while since I checked my tire pressure otherwise I would have noticed it sooner. I called my local Sears automotive store and got a quote for $59.99 plus labor. I didn’t get a road hazard warranty on my tires so I’ll be paying for the new tire myself.

It’s a good thing I wasn’t driving a sports car with 18 inch rims. The rims would have bent and I would be out at least 500 dollars for the rims and tires.

I heard you can get reimbursed from the state if your car gets damaged from a pothole. I never tried but it’s something you should look into especially if the cost of the damage is high.

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