Yesterday on highway (NH-24) I felt that my swift is not pulling well so i got the air pressure checked at a pump. To my greatest surprise there were two Sidewall puncture found on the front right tyre. I got them fixed .The mechanic said that air inlet valve is also damaged so he changed it too.
Mechanic has recommended me to immediately add tube inside the tyre and not to use it without tube. He also said that tubeless tyres are very dangerous after sidewall puncture as it has less ply on sides.
My swift has done ~20k kilometers on stock tyres.
Here are my options :
1. Place the tube inside it,use it as spare tyre and use current spare tyre on front.
2. Place the tube inside it and use it as rear tyre, move one of the rear tyre to front.
3. Use current spare tyre + buy new tyre for front. This will make both new tyre on front.
My current spare tyre in brand new and i am confused to use it on front as it can create alignment issue with used front tyre (70% life left according to mechanic) .
Experts, Please share the opinion on the same. I hope i have not confused anyone
If there is sidewall damage, there is only one solution. REPLACE the tyres ASAP.
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Am sort of in a similar situation right now. But my rear left is gone. Car is in the service station now. Planning to get a new one and replace it.
I suggest you to take option 3 and do wheel balancing and alignment post the swap. This should take care of uneven tire wear.
Do not use the Tyre that you know is damaged please. Even with workaround methods like shoving a tube inside it and keeping as spare.
Buy the new Tyre of the same spec to replace.
Just in case if this interests you, I am planning for this DIY project with the Tyre I had to replace due to side wall bulge because of a bad pot-hole I probably hit through. -->> How to make a tire swing!
Last edited by shyamhegde; 30th Apr 2012 at 11:57.
like mclaren1885 said above, sidewall damage = finished tire. dont think that a spare tire is unimportant just because it is never used. get rid of the perforated tire.
Thanks for prompt responses.
I will go for new one.
Recommendations for new tyre , which brand I shall go for?
What causes the sidewall weakening (and/or sidewall puncture/burst), other than the damage caused by the external things like sharp objects, sharp road edges and potholes and manufacturing defects?
- Driving with very low air pressure in tyres,
- Driving fast with very high/low air pressure on (very) bad roads or potholes,
- Car kept parked for much longer period (say couple of weeks or more) at one place with low air pressure,
etc contribute to weakening the sidewall?
Any other reasons?
The car was in my native place and was being used by my parents only.They must have ignored the tire pressure as it was parked for more than 15 days.
007 : Can I go for some better brand other than JK tire with the same tire specifications ?
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