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Cuts on tire sidewall #5270055 11/17/19 03:19 PM
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I noticed 2 cuts on a tire in my Elantra. These are the factory Kumho Solus' w/around 19k.

Do you guys think I need to replace it? It holds air fine; no odd noises or funny business.
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Re: Cuts on tire sidewall [Re: mclasser] #5270059 11/17/19 03:22 PM
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Yes replace, hopefully it's a rear tire. You can see an indent right below the bigger gash. Prob bring it to DTD if you have one close by. You can send a pm to "CapriRacer" since he's our resident tire expert(retired tire engineer).

edit: you can always have get a Douglas tire at WM and move it to the rear if you don't want new tires yet.

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Re: Cuts on tire sidewall [Re: mclasser] #5270061 11/17/19 03:25 PM
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I could be wrong, but that doesn't look good. looks like the cords are cut. I have been known to run some pretty crappy tires, but that would worry me.


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Re: Cuts on tire sidewall [Re: mclasser] #5270070 11/17/19 03:45 PM
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Probably fine unless you hit a bump or something on that spot again then its much more likely to pop.


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Re: Cuts on tire sidewall [Re: mclasser] #5270088 11/17/19 04:05 PM
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If it were mine, I would replace it. Actually, I would replace the pair on the axle...

My rationale: it's deep, and the uneven shape of the carcase adjacent to the lager cut makes me suspect belt damage.

If CapriRacer weighs in, I would absolutely follow his advice, as he KNOWS tires...


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Re: Cuts on tire sidewall [Re: mclasser] #5270093 11/17/19 04:14 PM
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If it was mine, I'd leave it. If it forms a bubble or spreads, then replace it. Small cuts don't bother me.

Re: Cuts on tire sidewall [Re: mclasser] #5270105 11/17/19 04:31 PM
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Do those happen to be TA31's?


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Re: Cuts on tire sidewall [Re: mclasser] #5270107 11/17/19 04:33 PM
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I think the indentation worries me more than the cut. Replace it.


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Re: Cuts on tire sidewall [Re: atikovi] #5270109 11/17/19 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
If it was mine, I'd leave it. If it forms a bubble or spreads, then replace it. Small cuts don't bother me.



I'm so glad you don't work with me. These types of cuts aren't worth someone's life. At my work we replace tires that look like the OP's.


Aside from the obvious; you have NO idea how deep into the tire this cut is.

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Re: Cuts on tire sidewall [Re: mclasser] #5270113 11/17/19 04:39 PM
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Just replaced a Firestone tire on the Focus after she hit a palette and cut the sidewall, flat in seconds. Very similar and the sidewalk isn't very thick. If it's on the back maybe but not on anything she drives. Road hazard?


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Re: Cuts on tire sidewall [Re: Eric Smith] #5270119 11/17/19 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric Smith
Just replaced a Firestone tire on the Focus after she hit a palette and cut the sidewall, flat in seconds. Very similar and the sidewalk isn't very thick. If it's on the back maybe but not on anything she drives. Road hazard?


Good point. Sidewall has least amount of "meat" or material compared to threaded area.



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The indentation is likely a broken belt. Some of it depends on your driving situation. If you drive around college 35mph or less might be ok but on highway doing 70+ mph probably best to change it.


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Re: Cuts on tire sidewall [Re: mclasser] #5270154 11/17/19 05:33 PM
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I'd replace, hard to tell how deep it is. Looks like a bit of polyester cord sticking out. Imagine in blowing out right when you are in the apex of a hard corner.


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replace it

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If that were on a vehicle of mine, I'd replace it without question.


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