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      01-03-2010, 07:51 PM   #1
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Hit a pothole today and now have a bulge in tire. Need to be replaced?

Smacked my front passenger wheel pretty good into a pothole while coming off the freeway. Tire has a bulge on the sidewall now, does this need to be replaced? I have tire insurance for the car, would that normally be covered?
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Absolutely needs to be replaced. Have no idea if your policy will cover. That's for you to inquire. If so don't they usually prorate the tire life?
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The tire's done.

They may give you shit about replacing it under insurance.

But it's absolutely done.
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Tire is done gripping the road for you. Time for a new pair of tires.
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      01-03-2010, 08:01 PM   #5
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Damn at least the answer is definitive. Time to call the dealer.
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Most tire insurance companies (99% of them) won't cover a bubble if the tire holds air. They will only replace if it "blows out" or if there is a nail in the side wall where they can't plug the tire. Did you check to see if the pothole was filled with nails?
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Most tire insurance companies (99% of them) won't cover a bubble if the tire holds air. They will only replace if it "blows out" or if there is a nail in the side wall where they can't plug the tire. Did you check to see if the pothole was filled with nails?
HAHA. There could be a nail in there somewhere!
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Did you check to see if the pothole was filled with nails?
exactly.... I think there may have been a couple of nails in that pothole
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A nail right at the edge of the tread would not be fixable. Just a FYI.
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I know of a few people who have tire insurance and got their bubbled tire replaced with no problems.
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You got plenty of advice on how to get a new tire .
Mine is if your other tire is half worn or more, you should replace BOTH front tires. Good luck.
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      01-03-2010, 08:34 PM   #12
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When I bought the tire/wheel insurance from BMW, my rep told me the keyword is always "pothole." Should not be a problem...
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I have had tires with bubble replaced with tire insurance without a question. However, you need to look at the fine print on your contract.

As others have said, this tire is finished.
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shouldn't be a problem. had a similar issue earlier in the year and i just brought the car to the dealership, told them how dangerous it is to drive the car with that compromised tire... they got me a new one in 2 days.
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I know of a few people who have tire insurance and got their bubbled tire replaced with no problems.
I have had three tires and 1 rim replaced after hitting pot holes. IN all cases the tires held air and in all 3 cases the tire insurance paid for it.

Tread wear was pro-rated but I had more than 90% of the tread left in all cases. And yes, now that you ask, I live in New York City.

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Did you check to see if the pothole was filled with nails?


I got the tire insurance on my '06 330, then later found out that it only covered tire replacement if the tire didn't hold air. I was shocked. My fault for not inquiring at time of purchase but I still thought that was a ridiculous restriction. Needless to say, I didn't buy tire insurance the next time.

Good luck with your tire replacement.
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That tire insurance is absolute bullshit
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That tire insurance is absolute bullshit
-1, I've never had a problem with my tire insurance. Then again every time I've gone, they replace them because of multiple nails in the tires
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Most likely you've to replace that tire.
I hit a pothole today, too but forunately there is no any visible damange on the tire and wheel.

Quick question, does dealer charge when you ask them to check if the wheel is bend? (I've the tire & wheel protection plan)
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