Air Bubble in Tire – How Long Can I Drive Before Replacing?

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Mary Alexander Harris asked 5 months ago
Recently, after a 100-mile highway drive, I noticed an air bubble in my tire. Understanding that it needs replacement, I'm concerned about its immediate risk. Can I safely drive another 100 miles without the tire bursting?
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 5 months ago
Hi there, Mary! The presence of an air bubble in your tire is a serious safety concern. Here's what you need to know:
  1. Risk of Bursting: A tire with an air bubble is unpredictable and could burst at any moment, regardless of the distance or speed.
  2. Causes: Such bubbles usually result from an impact, like hitting a pothole, especially with low-profile tires. The inner fabric of the tire weakens, making it susceptible to bursting.
  3. Immediate Action: It's highly recommended to replace the tire as soon as possible. Even a short drive could be risky. If you have a spare tire or a donut, use it immediately.
  4. Potential Damage: A burst tire can lead to a blowout, causing damage not just to the tire but also to the wheel and potentially leading to a dangerous driving situation.
  5. Prevention: Regularly inspect your tires for damage, maintain proper inflation, and avoid impacts like potholes or curbs to prevent such occurrences.
  6. Professional Advice: Consult with a tire expert or mechanic immediately. They can assess the severity and suggest the safest course of action.
In conclusion, it's not advisable to risk another 100 miles. The unpredictable nature of tire bubbles makes it a gamble that's not worth taking. Prioritize your safety and that of others on the road by addressing this issue immediately. Stay safe! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team