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Old 04-10-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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Ran over a piece of glass on top portion, is the tire alright/ pics included

Hello, I ran over a piece of glass on the top portion of the tire. I do not believe this is the sidewall. I took the two chunks out with a small pick. It took two small scoops out. Is this alright to drive on?

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Old 04-10-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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I think it's safe to say you'll be alright, but definitely wait for some other opinions here.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:36 PM   #3
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Yes you're fine. Nice clear pics!
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:13 PM   #4
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YOU'RE DOOMED! Go buy new tires ASAP but for the love of God don't drive there on those things!
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:56 PM   #5
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I can't see any damage from the fuzzy-blurry pics. You should be fine.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
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I will repost the pictures with a black circle highlighting where the issue is. The location is sort of where the sidewall and the tread meet, but on top.
Imagine where the black circle is, I ran over soem glass that was lodged in. I took a small pick and scooped the glass out, but some rubber came out too. According to the TPMS, there is no air missing. Please help.





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Should be fine, but to make sure, stick a small flat head screwdriver in the hole and see how deep it goes. If its deeper than the tread, it's best to replace it. If not, it should be fine. And FYI, no that isn't considered the sidewall of the tire.
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spray with soapy water, if not leaking you're ok.
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if that is not the sidewall, then what is it
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if I spary it with soapy water and there is a problem, will it bubble?

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if I spary it with soapy water and there is a problem, will it bubble?
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That is still part of the tread. It will only bubble if there is an air leak. If it is leaking air, it'll need to be replaced. It is NOT recommended to plug a hole with-in 1" of the sidewall. It'll screw the belts and cause a possible blow-out.
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Kejobe, if it is not considered the sidewall and it is part of the tread

if there is an issue why will a plug not be helpful.

-But besides that, if I am not leaking any air is there any danger driving with some chunk taking out due to glass removal, so close to the sidewall.
You see behind where I am pointing on the tread pattern there are what looks to be small holes that came already on the tire on the square patterns. What I did is deeper than that, but I dont think air is leaking out.
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Do cords run across sidewal or where there is tread too? I was wondering if I should be looking for this in that area
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If it's not below the depth of the tread block it should be fine.

And yes, that is still the tread. BUT, there are belts under the tread. When a plug is used it will separate a hole in the belts. This works fine towards the center of the tread. If it's done towards the edge, it will create a bulge. It may not be noticeable when done. BUT, it can and has caused the belt and tread to separate. This can and has caused the tread to fly off the tire. You can imagine what could happen if that happens.

As I said, you need to check and see how deep the hole is. If it is deeper than the tread block, personally I would not trust it and get another tire. If it is the same depth or shallower than the tread block, it should be fine.
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Actually maybe this is called the Shoulder of the tire?
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See if you can gauge the depth of the cut. If it's no deeper than the tread depth, you're fine and have nothing to worry about. If you're still a little concerned, put the affected tire on the rear in case it blows out; you'll be less apt to lose control. If you're very concerned, get a new tire to replace it.
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OP, it's really hard to tell based on your pics. They're all blurry haha. It looks like that's on the tread though.
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