After running over an object on the road or going through a pothole you should monitor your tires for tell-tale signs of damage. If you don’t have a blow out, there may still be underlying damage which might take some time to be observable.
A bubble in the sidewall of the tire (known as a “Tire Bubble”) is an indicator that the tire’s support structure has failed. This requires replacing the tire. Once damage is noticed it should be addressed as soon as possible. Likewise, if you damage one tire, check the other tire on the same side of the car closely, typically both wheels hit the object. Also remember, the inner sidewall of the tire can have the same issue but go unnoticed since it is out of view. Again, closely monitor your tires after possible damage and have your service center check if you have any indications of damage.
In the example shown, bubbles such as these can either show immediately or take weeks to develop and they pose a serious safety hazard. The best practice after such an event is to inspect for this regularly, while fueling your vehicle you can do a simple walk around inspection checking for signs of damage, if you are in doubt or have questions one of Silver Star’s team will be happy to take a look with you! Silver Star Service Center Inc. will also closely monitor for tire wear and damage like this during safety inspections and regular maintenance.
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