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My lumpy car wheel.

MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
edited June 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
The side of my car got hit by another car right on the passenger's wheel. After getting it back from the mechanic, I noticed that my wheel is all lumpy. It has like 5 lumps, none of which actually make contact with the road. I was wondering, what would happen if I didn't replace the wheel. I mean, i've gotten those lumps before, but just one, never 5!

I don't really drive that much, just 5 miles every day during the week at a top speed of 45mph. The wheel is a year old.

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    eternalbleternalbl Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    If the tire has bulges the sidewall is messed up and worst case scenario the tire blows out.

    Depending on your local laws, your vehicle could be considered unsafe and if you get pulled over might end up with you getting towed. Also, if you're in an accident because of that tire your insurance probably wouldn't cover it.

    Anyways, is it the tire or the rim thats bent?

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    WileyWiley In the dirt.Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Is it the actual wheel, or the tire? Wheels can sometimes be straightened. If you have bulges in the sidewall of a tire though it is only a matter of time until you have a blow out.

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    By wheel, do you mean tire? If the sidewall of your tire is bubbled out in spots, there is a catastrophic blow-out in your future.

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    WileyWiley In the dirt.Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Yeah, a blow out at 45 mph could very well cause an accident.

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    MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Yep, it's the tire itself, not the rim. The lumps are on the sidewall. I figured as much, it's just that I've had to replace that tire so many times now, I'm getting sick of it. Guess I just needed to hear it from someone else.

    Thanks dudes.

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    TexiKenTexiKen Dammit! That fish really got me!Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Get your tires aligned when you do get a new tire (or two new tires, just replace the front ones)

    What year/make/model is the vehicle?

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    MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    It's a 2006 Suzuki Aerio.

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    TexiKenTexiKen Dammit! That fish really got me!Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    If these were the original tires that could be a reason, usually stock tires on a car that is budget oriented aren't worthwhile.

    You might also want to check to see if your shocks or struts are damaged in the front and were missed during repair. That could be adding to the problem.

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    MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Nah, mechanically the car is fine. The mechanic I used is very good, and I also had to take it to be inspected at the Suzuki dealer afterwards. I asked them to check and they said everything was in order. It's just the lumpy tire which I'm gonna replace this week end.

    Still, thanks for the advice, TexiKen.

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    a lumoy tire means the tread is coming off the metal wire they use in the tire to add structure and support (don't know what its called). Essentailly the tire is now a time bomb so its a good thing you are geting it replaced.

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