Is it easy to inspect a tire sidewall for damage? Is it easy to inspect a tire sidewall for damage?

The tire sidewall is extremely important when it comes to the safe operation of your motor vehicle. Inspecting a sidewall for a sidewall repair can be deceptive. Scuffs and debris on a tire sidewall can look like repairs. There are two types of sidewall repairs to look for: a puncture and a tear. Take a wet towel and a dry towel and quickly scrub the sidewall on both sides of the tire. Any circular mark is a possible puncture, and anything that looks like a crack is a potential tear. If you run your finger along the area and feel a hardened glue or other porous compound, then you have a sidewall repair.

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