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Tire gouge - replace?
« on: October 29, 2017, 05:27:24 AM »
Yesterday I noticed a small gouge in the sidewalk of one of my tires. I was able to flip out the material covering it without ripping, and it doesn't seem to have impacted any cords.

These tires came with the car used; as far as I know they're original equipment.

Car details:
2013 Ford C-Max Energi
Manufacture date 12/2012
37,740 miles

Tires have plenty of tread -7/32 when they were checked a month ago.

Does this merit replacement, or just keeping an eye on it?


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Re: Tire gouge - replace?
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 06:54:11 AM »
Without a photo (and possibly without being able to look at it), it's impossible to tell. One person's "small gouge" is another's "massive divot".

I'd swing by a repair or tire shop if I had a concern. (Yes, they have some vested interest, perhaps, but in my experience, they'll put an eyeball on something for ya for free and you can judge from the conversation how to proceed. I've had good luck with the tire specialists for things like this, even the Walmart/Sam's Club tire shops. Roll around back to the working part of the shop and ask one of the techs.)


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Re: Tire gouge - replace?
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 07:41:08 AM »
Picture and we can give a better idea. 4 years is getting up there so far as compound aging and hardness, I wouldn't feel too bad if you replace a pair. If in doubt, ask a tire shop or two. Damage could be cosmetic or could warrant replacement.


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Re: Tire gouge - replace?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 07:42:24 AM »
Picture would help. That being said, if the entire gouge is rubber then it is likely not a safety issue.

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Re: Tire gouge - replace?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2017, 01:04:37 PM »