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Not sure what I hit but I tore the side of my tire (and scraped the wheel). Pics below. No air is leaking. My questions are; Is it safe to drive? Is it repairable? And, if not, do I need to replace 1 or 2 tires being that all four have less than 5,000 miles on them? Not sure if it’s relevant but they are Michelin P/S 2. <p>Thanks in advance.<p><br><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/C80C0F42E88D0CE/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/741553D5F5E0B7B/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/A7305FA426BB2E7/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>
 

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I would be tempted to cement down that flap and keep driving....but check it often. If it begins to buldge there, then replace that tire, or a pair.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>L67_R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks. I'll try that first.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD Idea
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD Idea</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Me too. From the lines on the scalloped piece it looks like the hole's dwon to the cords, so even if you glue it back you now have a weak spot in the sidewall. One good pot-hole or curb or an extended run at high speeds and ... we don't want to be sending condolences to your next-of-kin!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Well, it didn't look that deep to me but if you guys say so, then you're probably right...and there's no way to plug that sidewall. Let's hope the owner has road hazard insurance.
 

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I had a front wheel blow-out at highway speeds right next to an 18-wheeler ... an experience I wouldn't recommend to anyone. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Whoa...I hope the original poster comes back to read the stuff that was posted after my horrible advise. I think I'll try to email him or if that's not possible, at least PM him.
 

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I don't know about that...<p>I had a similar experience with one of my brand new Eagle F1's (less than 1000 miles on them). Of course this was the first set of tires in years that I did not buy the road hazard warranty for!!<p>Thanks to a %#&@$?! New Jersey pot-hole, a small chunk of the rim-guard got peeled away and a small chunk of rubber got nicked out (along with a nice gouge on the wheel). I took it in and had it thoroughly inspected and they deemed it was good enough to keep using - didn't even try to pimp me for a new tire. I just went ahead and switched the tire to the other side so the "damage" was on the inside and not visible.<p>I have an aftermarket TPMS and the pressure has been constant and there are no bulges. Normally I am picky enough that I would have just gone ahead and bought a new tire, but in this case, I haven't been worried. Just my $.02.
 
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