Have you ever seen a tire blowout? Did a tire blow out happen to you at one point in time? Did you have someone working on your vehicle tell you that your tires are separated and needs to be replaced?
These things do happen in world around you. Some tires become separated over time, and Some tires blown out when certain criteria is met.
This is what I am going to discuss with you today. I am going to tell you about what to look for in terms of signs for separation in your tires and how to prevent your tire from blowing out while you are driving.
In other words, as a former automotive technician I have seen and repaired many tires and replaced blown out tires.
Tire Blowouts – How They Happen
Tires can blowout after a certain criterion have been met. If a tire has been over inflated for a long period they will blowout. For example, when a tire has blown out when driving, the tire will tear itself apart with an explosion.
This can often cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash or worse harm other drivers as well. However, after that blowout happens the tires shred themselves.
Another way a tire can blow out is when the tire is driven under inflated (or Flat) causing the sidewall of the tire to become damaged by being between the rim of the vehicle and the road. This causes the inner sidewall to be “chewed up” leaving the tire in a weakened state.
Subsequently, when a technician sees this the first thing they do is try to sell a tire. In other words, when a flat repair is performed on a tire with a damaged side wall, after airing the tire to the proper factory specifications, a blowout can happen due to the weakened state of the tire sidewall.
Tire separations can also cause a tire to blowout due to the fact that the tire is damaged from other means. That is to say, it does not always happen because it can be caught by a tire professional working on your vehicle.
Subsequently, when a tire blows out, the debris from the shredded tire is shot all over the road(no fault to the driver). If you see debris on the road try to avoid it at all possible because it can and will cause damage to your vehicle.
Tire Separations – How They Happen
A tire separation is defined as bubbling on the tires side wall or the tire tread. Separations happen then the tires air pressures’ comes between the steel belts of the tire and the outer rubber.
Tires can separate after a certain amount of time or by being damaged from punctures or cuts to the tire. Both have happened in the world. A tire can also separate as a defect in the tire(not caught by the manufacturer or installer).
In other words, as a tire ages it becomes dry rotted. This rotting is defined as micro cracks in the rubber compound. Above all as these cracks grow a tire can eventually become separated due the age alone.
The other way a tire can become separated is by a puncture on the tire itself. This happens because the steel belts that make up the strength of the tire becomes damaged by breaking allowing air to come between the steel belts and the tire tread.
Subsequently, when a puncture happens near the side wall of a tire the inner sidewall of the tire can be cut causing a separation on the side wall. This can cause wear on certain components depending on the location of the separation.
If a tire separates as a defect from the manufacturing process it will not show up right away. However, after that the tire will show a bubbling on the sidewall or tread.
How to Prevent Tire Blowouts.
There are ways to prevent a tire from blowing out.
Always make sure to check your tire pressures’ often to make sure that they are not under inflated or over inflated. This can be done with a tire pressure gauge that can be kept in the glove box of your vehicle or by taking your vehicle to a tire professional and having them check your air pressures’.
If your air pressures’ are low, have your tires patched the right way. This is performed by removing the tire and patching said tire from the inside and reinstalling the tire.
If you happen to have a blowout then don’t sweat it, tire pros can replace the tire with one like you already have on your vehicle so your tires match.
How to Cope With Tire Separations.
For example, when a tire becomes separated, it should be replaced immediately. However, after that tire becomes separated it will wear out in two spots faster than the rest of the tire.
Those two spots are the center of the separation and 180 degrees from the point of origin. The steel belts will begin to show faster in these two spots because the tire is no longer round but egg shaped in a way.
This can cause more problems if not addressed immediately. Some Problems that can be caused by separated tires are:
- Suspension parts being worn out faster.
- Steering can be affected due the constant vibrations from driving on the tire.
- Stopping distance can be affected by a bubble rubbing on certain components causing premature brake failure.
- The overall ride quality.
These are some problems that can arise from a tire separation. In addition, if this happens to your vehicle replace the tire(s) immediately.
So in Conclusion…
Tire separation and blowouts can happen, but it does not mean the end of the world. There are preventative measures that can be put into place to help prevent it.
Measures like Checking tire pressures’ regularly, and taking your vehicle to a trained tire professional. The problems and costly repairs can be avoided.
Check your tires regularly for under inflation, over inflation, punctures, bubbling(separation), or cuts to the tires. Checking this on your tires can prevent more problems in the future.
Always remember to check your vehicles manufacture recommended specs and your owners manual for the proper tire inflation instructions and pressures’.