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Well my older brother had to move my car when I was out. He ended up scraping my sidewall of my front tire
. Now I have a little piece of my side wall(right where the writing is) kinda torn. I can pull/fold back a little 1cm x 1cm square piece. Its still really well connected on one side and is only approx. 3-4mm deep.

So am I screwed here? The tire is not losing any pressure and is not bulging out. Is there anything I can do? can you get this kinda thing fixed? Should I kill my brother(the sentence is not ment to be taken seriously
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When I spun my car a while back and hit a curb, it dug into the sidewall on one tire. It was on the one wheel that wasn´t bent and the guy at discount tire said as long as it isn´t cut through all the rubber (hitting the inner tire, whatever it´s made of) then it´s OK. the sidewall is the strongest part of the tire anyway so I wouldn´t worry about it.
 

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Hey,
I work at a Sears Automotive selling tires and batteries all day long. IT IS NOT SAFE to drive on a tire with sidewall damage. And worst of all sidewall damage is not repairable like with a patch or plug.

Heres why: When you drive the tires heat up, the air in the tires heats up too. That air expands...the tires buldge. If you corner hard and the air is forced to that side of the tire you could have a blow out.

Your bro owes you a new tire. Dont get me wrong, one of my tires is missing a chunk from where I curbed a rim. Just lower the pressure in your tires a little to help keep the pressures down.

If you tell me what kind and size of tire you have I can tell you what Sears has on sale and what they can get.

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Jason Blade
93´ Escort GT Turbo

[ Edited by TheBlade On Date 08-03-2002 ]
 

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another quick reply to ya sleeper...the sidewall is the weakest part of a tire. Remember steel belting (radial) runs were the tread is...hence the "toughness" of the tire where the treat is at is much stronger. Likewise, its the sidewalls that have to give out when weight is applied to a tire under pressure.

The actual weakest part of any tire will be at the bead line and at the valve stem.
 

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I will have to agree with the bead of a tire being the weakest bpart of a tire .. i have a freind that has a wrx and we were doing some hard cornering one day there is a 90 degree turn in town and i four wheel drifted around it and he was on my ass hooked up to the ground when i checked my mirror coming out of the corner all i saw was headlights tail lights headlights taillights when he accelarated coming out of the corn a bead broke on an outside tire and cause a spin so beware
 
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