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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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!

Claud

8 years of experience
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Claud
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Chevrolet S10 V6-4.3L - Spare Tire Installation - Detroit, Michigan
I had an issue getting a blown tire off my car I couldn't get it off so I called the mobile mechanic he got the tire off in a timely manner which was much appreciated

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Saturn * * - Spare Tire Installation - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Very knowledgeable and professional. Put forth extra effort to ensure job was completed properly. Arrived on time and was very pleasant. Will definitely contact Gabriel again if have any future issues.

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