Bubbles are for gum not tires

Low profile tires and larger rim diameters may make tires more vulnerable to road hazards like potholes, railroad tracks and curbs.

When a bubble appears on the sidewall of your tire, you can be pretty sure that an impact occurred and the tire’s inner liner has been pinched. When the liner has been pinched, a pinhole appears that allows air to escape to the outside and for a bubble to form.

Once a bubble appears, tire safety has been compromised and it is only a matter of time before the tire fails.  Another impact in the area of the bubble can cause the tire to have a catastrophic failure.

Inspecting your tires regularly for road hazard damage and for proper tire inflation pressure will keep you safe and help your tires wear more effectively.

One final point, tires can bubble on the inside wall as easily as on the outside wall, be sure to check both sides when you are doing your inspections.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Barry

One of the tires I purchased last year has developed a bubble on the side wall. What can be done about this defect?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Barry, please contact customer service at (888) 981-3953 for assistance.

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