Tire Damage Sidewalls | For Safe Driving – Take Action

Tire Side Wall Indentations.

Bad Road For Tires
Hard To Avoid If There No Place To Go

This is okay concerning your safety and the safety of others out on the road with you. When You do see Tires with slight indentations, usually can be seen on taller tires with the higher sidewalls or more sidewall visible compared to the low profile sports Tire.

If You feel that the size of the Bubble is telling You something, for safe driving, take action.

Possibly one could have their Tires at a higher than normal air pressure setting. This could be the case if You are pulling an RV trailer or maybe packing firewood in a trailer or in the back of one’s truck.

The good news here for you is that fortunately, it is only a Cosmetic Condition of the Tire Surface, that plays a no effect performance issue with your Tire. Happy Motoring and always be checking your tires for anything that looks suspicious to You.

Tire Indentations – Why?

Why do I have Tire indentations in my brand new or my good used Tires anyways? The reason being is that the reinforced multiple cords that run from the inside of the tire across the tread to the outside of the tire are the cause. This overlapping of the multiple cords are gathered and bonded into the rubber side wall of the Tire.

The joining splices of the cords are the most reinforced area of the tire sidewall structure. It is the overlapping splices that create the indentations in the tire sidewall when they are inflated, not really visible when the tire is off the rim.

Tire Sidewall Protrusions – Bulges – Bubbles

This is a Concern!!! Bulging or Bubble Shaping on the Tire Sidewall inside or the outside sidewall is Screaming out to You that there is a Separation of the internal members of the Tire. The cords inside the Tire have separated into an Extreme Unsafe Driving Condition.

When You see this, It means go directly to your favorite Tire Shop or to one that is very close to where You are at the moment. This is a Major Safety Concern and remember when driving to the Tire Shop, drive at a lower speed of 20-30 miles per hour or Slower.

Caution avoid all potholes and rough road terrain and those curbs, that always seem to Meet and Greet You even though one seems to make a wide turn to miss them curbs.

What Causes Those Bulges – Bubbles

Tire damage
Tough On Tires

We already know that the Tires inner liner has been damaged from an impact that creates a small hole or tears in the sidewall of the Tire compromising the strength of sidewall plies within the Tire.

The Bulge or Bubble may be very small at first sight but guaranteed it will expand and enlarge to become Dangerous to Yourself and your Family members as well as the others driving on the road that may be near You.

Here Is A List of Causes of Tire Bulged – Bubbles

1. Potholes, those nasty holes in the pavement where the asphalt is usually jagged or roughed up from  winter weather harshness. Usually quite deep and not always visible or not seen soon enough to avoid contact with the Front Tire or both Tires.

2. Railway Crossings. Ever come across a set of Railway Tracks where the asphalt or cement between the tracks has deteriorated or sunk down from whatever cause. This can create a very rough slap or pounding effect to the Tires front and back. Especially if You have to travel that road daily to and from Work or School.

3. Speed Bumps. Some are relatively gentle to go maneuver and others are quite extreme which means one really has to go slowly up and over. Whether moderate or aggressive style speed bumps they all possibly can cause Tire Issues. Yes, the driver may have a little part in the play of Tire Aches!  Anyone has done what I have done at times, that being taking a run at the speed bumps and getting air under the Tires. Anyways don’t do it, that silly move will cause more than Tire damage trust me.

4. Heavily Damaged Roads – Construction Sites. Basically one has no control over roads in areas like this even though these areas or usually controlled by Flag People controlling the traffic and speed limits through their Zones. Things that smack and pound your Tires, like rocks broken asphalt again broken up pavement etc. It may be slow speed but every rough hit on the Tire has the potential to cause Tire Damage. Maybe even nuts and bolts or screws and junk that has fallen off their work trucks that You may run over.

5. Curbs. You know those great artistic designed asphalt or cement curbing that are supposed to keep drivers in the correct area of travel around Malls, any parking lot or Family gathering area (restaurant) etc. Those curbs I think are specifically designed to Meet and Greet the Tires of one’s vehicle.

When I get involved in Curb Contact and my Wife is with me I know that if I look over, that her eye contact with me will say it all. (Do I have to run into every curb). Anyway, a Tire or Tires can only take so much contact with obstacles that are tougher than Rubber Tires. Chances are a slight Kiss to the curb would be okay, but the hard Curb Punch to a Tire will possible if often repeated, cause undesirable consequences to rear it’s head.

6. Conclusion. In my case it probably was not the curbs fault. You see I drive a truck so most of the time I cut

Tire Bulging and Bubbling
Bulge – Bubble In Sidewall

to short on my turns. When another vehicle is pulling out, when I am pulling into a Curb infested area this appears to be a situation for me. I would just like to conclude, saying to always keep in mind that any Hard Hit or Contact to your Tires can and will at times create Issues with the Tire, which will then lead to Bulging or Bubbling.

I Am always open to comments and a good Story that one may wish to Share.

Keep those Wheels Rolling And Happy Safe Motoring To All

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8 thoughts on “Tire Damage Sidewalls | For Safe Driving – Take Action

  1. Nate MC

    I knew right off the bath that Bubbles could be caused by potholes. Many, many years ago I used to drive along roads with loads of potholes. They were hard to avoid and my tires used to always bubble! I don’t miss those days, that’s for sure.

    Speaking from the said above experience, it’s best to replace damaged tires as soon as possible and not just ignore the issue for as long as you can.

    1. Doug

      Thanks for reading my post on tire sidewall damage. Where the rough terrain Meets and Greets the Tires is a win for the potholes, not only the tires suffer but the alignment of the front end of one’s vehicle would also take a beating. Your right taking action as soon as a Bubble or Bulge rears its head is a must do.

      Be safe out on the road and Happy Motoring.

  2. Ola

    This is a great and simple to follow guide on Tire damage.

    You laid it all out clearly and showed series of examples that helped emphasize your various points. This guide will be very useful for me.I have witnessed an accident where all the passengers died because the driver didn’t take good care of his tyres. Tyre Sidewall Protrusions should be taken care of because of the damages it might cost thereafter. 

    Potholes are the most common causes of tyre bulges and they need to be avoided; we have to consider other points as well. Thanks for the eye opener

    1. Doug

      Thanks for reading my post on tire sidewall damage. Safety is so important in and out of the vehicle. Like You say tire sidewall protrusions should be not neglected but instead taken very seriously with action to fix it immediately.

      Unfortunately, there are situations that are out of our control when the Tires Meets and Greets some very aggressive terrain.

      Be safe on the road and Happy Motoring.

  3. Gomer

    I have witnessed so many tire explosion as I live here in the Philippines where the road is not that well-polished. Pot holes, broken blocks of concrete, etc. seem normal in our highways and provincial roads that truck drivers get used to them. Sadly, some of the most fatal road accidents were due to them. 

    We used to own one six-wheeler truck for transporting copra and I can remember how this has become a primary concern to our driver then. Even the smallest and slightest bulging in one of the tires, he will stop over a vulcanizing or tire shop along the road. I just hope other local truck drivers here become meticulous like him or read articles online about tips like you shared here. 

    1. Doug

      Hi Gomer, thanks for checking out my post here. You are so right, Tires that meet and greet potholes and other abrasive road conditions have very little defense capabilities. Sounds like You have a good driver on your truck who values the truck and its cargo and the safety of himself and others on the road.

      Stay Safe and Happy Motoring.

  4. Tolu

    This is quite informative. I like the way you explain tire indentation and how it is created. It is unwise to compromise on safety. Safety is the keyword whether at home or by the wheel. I have always seen bulges on my tires but never knew all the things you mentioned causes bulges. That means side way bulges are inevitable as long as one drive. I normally change all my tires every 2 years. 

    1. Doug

      Thanks for checking out my post Tolu. You’re so right, always working in or with a safe environment is the key to today and tomorrows health and well being for all. I change out my tires usually every 4 years, I put on about 15,000 kms a year, some of that mileage is trailer towing.

      Stay Safe and Happy Motoring

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