Is it Safe to Drive With a Tire Bulge?

The tires are one of the most important features of your vehicle. A flat, leaking, or bulging tire can be potentially hazardous because they can cause blowouts. A tire bulge is a sign the interior of the tire has failed and the tire needs to be repaired as soon as possible. If the tire is not replaced, it can burst open, causing the driver to lose control and potentially cause an accident.

If you suspect there is something wrong with your tire, you may want to know a few things about a bulge in your tire and how it may affect your driving:

  • A tire bulge can be caused by road hazards, such as hitting a curb or pothole. Sometimes you may not notice the reason the tire bulge occurred, just that it appeared one day. As soon as you notice a tire bulge, contact a mechanic so you can have your tire replaced.

  • Over loading the tire or under inflating the tire are other common causes of a tire bulge. If the vehicle is too heavy, it puts too much pressure on the tires causing them to fail. In addition, under inflating the tire does not give the tire the support it needs to properly handle the vehicle. Make sure to take note how much your vehicle can handle, along with keeping your tires inflated.

  • When a tire bulges, air gets through the internal layers and reaches the outside of the tire. It then collects under the outer layer of the tire. The result is the tire bulge, as the pressurized air is migrating from the inside toward the outside trying to escape.

  • A tire bulge can strain the cords on the interior of the tire and cause the tire to fail. Since the tire is weakened, it cannot handle road hazards such as potholes, curbs, rocks, and other debris. Once you notice a tire bulge, you need to have the tire replaced right away.

Driving with a tire bulge is a safety hazard as the tire could blowout without notice. A blowout on a tire can cause you to lose control of a vehicle, and cause an accident. In rare cases, a tire bulge can be caused by a manufacturer defect. If this is the case, your repair should be covered under a warranty. Other more common causes for a tire bulge include road hazards such as curbs, or potholes. If you notice a tire bulge, you should know that a tire bulge cannot be repaired so the whole tire will need to be replaced by a mechanic.


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Nicholas

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Nicholas
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Toyota Camry V6-3.0L - Spare Tire Installation - Knightdale, North Carolina
Nicholas finished an earlier appointment which enabled him to come by earlier than originally scheduled. I'm very grateful he chose to reschedule. While replacing a flat with my donut spare, he instructed me on how to safely drive to the tire shop for the repair. More importantly to have the shop add air to the donut spare. Nicholas did an excellent job. He as very professional. Thank you
Ford E-150 Econoline - Spare Tire Installation - Durham, North Carolina
I was VERY pleased with Nicholas' expertise and was more than delighted that he was so prompt. He was very polite and friendly, and he did a marvelous job. If I ever need any repairs to my vehicle in the future, I would definitely ask for Nicholas.

Luis

29 years of experience
91 reviews
Luis
29 years of experience
Toyota Prius L4-1.5L Hybrid - Spare Tire Installation - Prospect Heights, Illinois
Luis attended my car today and help in fixing the issue quickly. He is nice and friendly guy. I will recommend him for any services.

Hugh

11 years of experience
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Hugh
11 years of experience
Toyota FJ Cruiser V6-4.0L - Spare Tire Installation - Castle Rock, Colorado
Hugh came to change out a flat tire for my spare today. I have to say that I feel sheepish for calling someone to come help because I know how to change a tire but I was at work and on shift until 2 am and he came to my place of work. Instead of just installing my spare, he took the time to evaluate the situation. I had a nail in my tire and he took the tire to get patched and my vehicle drove better on my way home than when I left this morning. It was snowing sideways when he showed up to help me. He was a bit of a godsend in the moment and I would recommend him to anyone. I was just distressed because I did not have enough tip to give this guy for overachieving when I needed it. Huge five star review. I only hope to pay his generosity forward. He was more than worth the cost and he did a phenomenal job.

Jonathan

26 years of experience
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Jonathan
26 years of experience
Honda Civic L4-1.7L - Spare Tire Installation - Smyrna, Georgia
Jonathan was very punctual, friendly, and transparent. He clearly explained everything he did and provided detail about any additional work he recommended. Great work!

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