flat tires


Old 04-30-02, 06:38 AM
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flat tires

got a flat the other day and had to drive about 1/2 mile with the tire totally low to get to safety, obviously will check the rim but was wondering if I plug the small hole in the tread whether I can reuse the tire- both sidewalls are wavy when I refill it with air - I suspect I need a new tire - which leads to my next question - can I put one new tire (same make and model) on one wheel while the rest have 13k miles

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Old 04-30-02, 09:16 AM
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A bulge in the sidewall could mean there is belt/tread separation. I wouldn't use it. Pitch it for a new tire.

You can also change the one tire that went flat and put it on with no problems with the others that have 13k on them.
Old 04-30-02, 11:29 AM
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thanks, that is what I thought. no use risking a blowout on the highway for the 100 bucks the tire will cost
Old 04-30-02, 04:00 PM
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a buldge in the sidewall is not a belt or tread separation, it is a break on the sidewall inside the tire that makes the outside buldge.
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Don't you have belts in the sidewalls of tires?
Old 05-01-02, 08:12 PM
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no, the steel belts are inside on the tread only not on the side.
Old 05-02-02, 12:00 AM
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There are cords in the sidewalls that can get ripped or become seperated from the inside of the tire. That's probably the cause of the bulges. Not safe.
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