Is it safe to drive on a tire with a bubble?
Bubbles in your tires can have different causes—manufacturing defects, impact damage, and under-inflated tires. However, most cases of tires bubbles are caused by impact damage from collisions with speed bumps, curbs, potholes, and debris.
But what does a tire with a bubble mean for you? Let’s find out.
What is a tire bubble?
A bubble in your tire forms due to air leakage, indicating that its inner layers are damaged. As air leaks out of a tire’s inner lining and into its outer layers, it gets trapped in small pockets. Due to excessive pressure, these small pockets eventually turn into noticeable bubbles.
Here are some of the conditions that result in tire bubbles:
Driving in bumpy roads
Driving over debris
Driving with flat, worn-out, or damaged tires
Hitting speed bumps at high speeds
Transporting heavy loads
How long can I drive with a bubble in my tire?
No matter how small, a tire with a bubble is a safety hazard. If left unattended, it can blow out your tire—lead to potentially devastating consequences, especially when you’re driving on the road. If you’re driving at 80 miles per hour on a busy highway, you can put yourself, your passengers, and other motorists in danger.
It goes without saying that you should never drive with a tire bubble. As soon as you spot a bubble in your tire, you need to have it replaced. If you’re on the road, you can use a spare until you can have your tire replaced.
How to prevent tire bubbles?
Although you can’t avoid the speed bumps and potholes on the road, you can prevent tire bubbles from forming with proper tire maintenance. For starters, check the air pressure of your tires regularly. Modern cars have tire pressure monitoring systems that make this task so much easier. If your tires are flat, make sure to inflate them before driving around. You can also inspect and feel the sidewalls of the tires for any air bubbles.
Mark the area where you find an air bubble. Make sure to look for cuts and damages on your tire as well. A technician can do a more thorough inspection for you, and they can check the inner liner for damages. If they find any, an authorized dealer can submit a claim to the tire manufacturer on your behalf. Depending on the policies of the tire manufacturer, they might conduct their own inspection of the tire for warranty determination.
Can you fix a tire bubble?
Unfortunately, a tire with a bubble can’t be fixed with a patch because its layers are already damaged. Since a tire’s sidewall doesn’t have cord reinforcements, any damages to it can’t be patched simply because the patch won’t have anything to hold on to. To prevent blowouts and potential road accidents, you must replace a tire once a bubble forms.
In 2019, about 612 motor vehicle fatalities were tire-related, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. You can prevent accidents with simple tire safety checks and proper tire maintenance.
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