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Bubble on the side of my tire

JerkSpeedy

New Member
Jun 9, 2019
1
0
Granada Hills
I just noticed a tangerine sized bubble on the side of my rear tire. My 2018 Model S has less than 20k of mileage but I have a Tesla service appointment for next Tuesday.

Will Tesla replace the tire free of charge? Is it dangerous to drive with this bubble until Tuesday? Should I just cancel the appointment and buy a replacement tire right away?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
 

NoirMS

Member
Oct 21, 2018
199
142
Orlando
imo, bubble on sidewall becomes weakest point & highly likely to pop... I'd get a replacement... that's a blowout waiting to happen....I hit a pothole last month an blew both left sides on my S... doesn't take much, be safe.
 

pgkevet

Active Member
Jul 1, 2019
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1,306
mid wales
It's probably going to be two tyres to match back end traction but, yes, get it sorted asap. Consider buying a matched scrap wheel and putting your current healthy tyre on that as a future spare.
 

Kiwiadventure

Member
Jan 9, 2018
497
233
Auckland New Zealand
I just noticed a tangerine sized bubble on the side of my rear tire. My 2018 Model S has less than 20k of mileage but I have a Tesla service appointment for next Tuesday.

Will Tesla replace the tire free of charge? Is it dangerous to drive with this bubble until Tuesday? Should I just cancel the appointment and buy a replacement tire right away?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Replace now and no the tyre will not be replaced free by Tesla. You may get a discount from a tyre shop.
 

lagomorph

Member
Nov 25, 2015
66
49
Bay Area
Is it dangerous to drive with this bubble until Tuesday? Should I just cancel the appointment and buy a replacement tire right away?

You are definitely on borrowed time if you're still driving on a damaged sidewall. If the tire blows out before you replace it, you'll probably have a damaged rim as well.

I've had this happen twice, and both times it was from hitting a bad pothole.
 

seattlite2004

Active Member
Apr 12, 2016
1,186
1,427
Puget Sound
Curious...does the tire look like this:
19164660-7525869-image-a-2_1569948143103.jpg
 

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