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    Tire Bulge

    this is the first time I ever got a tire bulge because nailed a pothole yesterday .is it bad ? can I still driving on it?? its a Hankook Ventus S1 Noble 2

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    you should replace the tire as soon as possible to avoid an accident that could harm yourself or others.
    dont want that sidewall to blow out when youre going quick around a corner.

    ive driven with chunks out of truck tire tread, barely any tread before and lightly dry rotted tires but sidewall bulges always kinda freaked me out.
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    I had that before on one of my Continentals. It's a warranty replacement...at least it was for me. (Discount Tire) Replace ASAP and don't hit any huge potholes.

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    looks exactly the same as mine... Ordered two new tires for the front so the front will be exact and the rear will be very close to 10/32". I measured close to 9/32" on the rear tires

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    That bulge means the cords inside the sidewall that give the tire its structure have been fractured. You've just got stretching rubber holding the air in now. As others have said, you need to get that off the car ASAP. Sorry it's probably not what you wanted to hear.

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    My sistah's tire had a bulge on her Volvo... change it sooner the better, nuff said
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    yup, busted sidewall cords. +1 for all the votes to replace and it sounds like your well in spec for 2 new( i believe subaru says 2/32nds but it still freaks me out) again i am glad actually to see that the tire took the damage. on some of the newer cars with 18's and up with loooow profile tires right out of the factory the impact breaks like that are fewer because the tire is transmitting it right to the wheel....bending or breaking a very expensive new wheel. and likewise breaking a good customer lol.
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    I'd replace also. Some smaller bulges are sometimes evident and are not abnormal. This is NOT one of those. This is something I would not drive. Park the car.
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    Thank you for all the advises , I will replace it soon and will not drive this car until it fixed. BTW should have avoid the pothole , didn't see it until its too late lesson learned

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    Some small bulges and an inward bulge is called undilation (cords crossing each other), but like everyone else has pointed this is indeed a pinch shock (bubble or bulge nickname) but undilation is all cosmetic just wanted to point that out. Just my .02 from someone who deals with tires everyday.

    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    I'd replace also. Some smaller bulges are sometimes evident and are not abnormal. This is NOT one of those. This is something I would not drive. Park the car.

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