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      08-16-2010 11:22 PM #1
      Hit a big pothole in my car tonight.

      Rim is fine but I have a golf ball size bulge on the sidewall of my tire.

      I assume the tire is toast, but is it super dangerous to drive on it? Should I have it towed to the dealer?

      I figure I'll stay off the highways or am I overreacting.

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      08-16-2010 11:24 PM #2
      I would put the spare on and get a new tire.
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      08-16-2010 11:24 PM #3
      You can drive on it, but who knows how long it'll last.
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    4. 08-16-2010 11:25 PM #4
      Dealer? Why?

      Also, car doesn't have a spare to get you wheeeee you need?

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      08-16-2010 11:32 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Señor Peligro View Post
      You can drive on it, but who knows how long it'll last.
      You're on borrowed time. Sidewall is compromised.

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      08-16-2010 11:34 PM #6
      I'll put the spare on. Good practice on changing a tire. Haven't done it in a while.

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      08-17-2010 03:50 AM #7
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      08-17-2010 04:20 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Santini View Post
      Should I have it towed to the dealer?
      for your '89 VW? you should never ever under any circumstance do this.
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      08-17-2010 05:04 AM #9
      Its going to explode if you continue driving on it. Just go to a local tire shop and get a new tire

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      08-17-2010 05:07 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by VRblahhh View Post
      Its going to explode if you continue driving on it. Just go to a local tire shop and get a new tire
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      08-17-2010 07:44 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Señor Peligro View Post
      You can drive on it, but who knows how long it'll last.
      What could possibly go wrong?
      I keep up with traffic with only 90 hp. What's your superpower?
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      08-17-2010 08:45 AM #12
      Is it on the inside or outside wall?

      Cheapest way is to add a vulcanized patch on the inside of the tire wall where the damage is. Depending on how much life is left in the rubber, if they need replacement, buy a new set. If not...the patch should hold you over until you need new tires. If its on the outside, just swap the tires so that the patched wall sits on the inside rear.

      Hope this was helpful.

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      08-17-2010 08:49 AM #13
      I replaced my Conti 3s with PS2s... Anyways, I recently took my Porsche for a spin on some PA country roads and I drove it hard.. Afterwards I saw this tire bubble on the front left tire (see just after "outside").


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      08-17-2010 08:55 AM #14
      get it to a tire shop and slap some new rubber on


      I would never drive with a tire with a bulge in it
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      08-17-2010 09:18 AM #15
      I've driven on them in the past, (few hundred miles) but now when it happens (yearly) I replace the tire right away. Not worth chancing it. If you ONLY drive around town I would feel a little better about it, but I would be afraid to take any highway trips.

      Stupid Indiana.

    16. 08-17-2010 10:49 AM #16
      It happened to me all too often with my previous 06 GTI with the optional low profile tires. While I did not 'rush' to have it changed and nothing happened, I was lucky. Get the spare on and get a new tire

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      08-17-2010 10:56 AM #17
      Your concern should be with how much longer the tire will hold out. Do you do any street racing in the UK, by chance?
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      08-17-2010 11:08 AM #18
      I think people are overreacting a bit. You can drive it, as long as it doesn't get worse. If the bulge get bigger or what not, then change it asap. I get these all the time with the beautiful roads we have in MTL, and I've driven 1000's of kms on em. (on 17 or 18" tires)

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      08-17-2010 11:26 AM #19
      depends... are they stretched tires too?


      If they are, you should be fine, since that is already a divide by 0 safe situation....


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      08-17-2010 12:14 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Das Borgen View Post
      get it to a tire shop and slap some new rubber on


      I would never drive with a tire with a bulge in it
      This, assuming that you would drive it straight to the tire shop. I wouldn't tow it or even put on a spare, I'd just keep it slow and easy and get to the nearest tire shop. No need to panic. What's the worst that could happen, it goes flat?

    21. 08-17-2010 12:19 PM #21
      If you're going to replace it anyway, ask them if you can pop it with a needle and see what happens.

    22. 08-17-2010 12:48 PM #22
      When I worked at a tire shop I popped one of those, not as fun as one would think, probably not much different then popping any tire.

    23. 08-17-2010 11:56 PM #23
      people drive months on tires with bubbles, because they don't want to replace them.
      trust me, i sell tires daily, and people refuse repair and/or replacement on some pretty dangerous stuff.
      a bubble means you need a tire, but even i am guilty of driving on a bubble for a pretty long period of time, til i hit a good pothole and it blew the bubble out.

      that's the problem.
      it's not that it's going to pop, it's that you don't know what's going to make it pop.

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      08-18-2010 12:05 AM #24
      Took TCL advice and brought the car in right away. All fixed.

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