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    Need Your Advice: Damaged Sidewall, was it caused by shop?

    So it's the time of year and I took out my winter tires today to take a look at them and get them mounted in the next week or so. To my horror, there's a fairly large gash in the sidewall. I am well aware that this tire should not be ran. The shop did not tell me of this damage when they took them off and put my summer tires on, which they clearly should have to cover their own asses and therefore has raised my suspicions. It looks as though the damage might have occurred while they were trying to get the tire off, this is only a hunch that you may be able to confirm or deny. It was on the inside facing part of the tire, odd if you ask me. More than anything, I'd like to have some idea of what to say before I go in there and ask for them to buy me a new tire. And if you think it isn't damaged by unmounting, is it fixable? It doesn't go all the way through but fairly deep. In the first picture where the gash is compressed, it looks like there was a point of entry, possibly by a tire lever? Thanks in advance for your advice.

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    A tire machine wouldn't do this. At least not the ones at my shop. Looks like road rash, or rubbed taking your car off the lift

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    Doubtful since a tire iron wouldn't be anywhere near that part. Luckily it doesn't look like its too deep.
    Rule of thumb: if you can see belts. Replace. If not you'll live....
    Don't drive angry.
    That was my first tire mishap.

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    Fixable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UEDan View Post
    Doubtful since a tire iron wouldn't be anywhere near that part. Luckily it doesn't look like its too deep.
    Rule of thumb: if you can see belts. Replace. If not you'll live....
    Don't drive angry.
    That was my first tire mishap.
    You wouldn't believe how many Scion TC come in with the same thing. As long as it doesn't penetrate, and you can't see thread you'll be fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by djf14 View Post
    Fixable?
    Glue

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    Thanks guys, sounds like it'll be a lot cheaper than having to find a new one and shaving it down. Just made my day. Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by djf14 View Post
    Thanks guys, sounds like it'll be a lot cheaper than having to find a new one and shaving it down. Just made my day. Thanks again
    Just mind the curbs to keep it from getting worse and obviously don't overinflate

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    I'm going to go ahead and disagree with all of the above Sidewall is different than tread. Tread... if you see belts, replace it. Sidewall isn't there for grip. It's there as a structural component to support the car. If you feel okay going 75mph+ on a highway with a tire that has a 2 inch gash in it... That's your prerogative. I for one would never even contemplate driving on a tire that looked like that.
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    It depends how deep it is.
    But ya, you're definetely rightabout the thread part...wasn't thinking right

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    I would replace the tire. There are plenty of times when I look at something and say "eh, that will be alright". A gash in my tire isn't one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    I would replace the tire. There are plenty of times when I look at something and say "eh, that will be alright". A gash in my tire isn't one of them.
    im gonna have to agree its better and cheaper to just replace the tire then running the risk of damaging the rim the wheel well and fender if you have a blowout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EuroWRX22 View Post
    im gonna have to agree its better and cheaper to just replace the tire then running the risk of damaging the rim the wheel well and fender if you have a blowout.
    Holy old post Batman!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EuroWRX22 View Post
    im gonna have to agree its better and cheaper to just replace the tire then running the risk of damaging the rim the wheel well and fender if you have a blowout.
    Good reasoning too
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    Ya i work at les Schwab. That wouldn't be from installation. Looks like a curb

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