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Is Driving with a Bubble on Your Tire Safe?

Posted at Fri, Oct 2, 2020 12:00 AM

The tires on your vehicle should always be smooth and round. Over time, this will change - everyday wear and tear will wear down the tread, and other things, such as unbalanced tires, can lead to an uneven wear pattern. If you ever notice that there’s a bubble on the sidewall of your tire, it is definitely something you need to take notice of.

A bubble can be an indicator of a couple of different things, but it is most certainly a cause for concern. Is it safe to drive at all with a bubble on your tire? To better help you understand this issue, our Westbury Toyota experts have written up a comprehensive overview regarding what causes tire bubbles and what you should do if you have one.

What Causes a Tire Bubble? How Do I Avoid Getting One?

So how do tire bubbles come to be in the first place? There can be a couple of causes, including: Road conditions, too much load, lack of air pressure, or manufacturing defects.

    • Road Conditions – driving repeatedly through large potholes can contribute to the formation of a bubble, but so can poor/dangerous driving habits such as rolling over curbs. This is why you should always make an effort to avoid any potholes that you come across by driving at the recommended speed limit and paying attention to your surroundings. Utilize safe driving habits to avoid rolling over sidewalks, curbs, or parking blocks.
    • Lack of Air Pressure – Operating your vehicle with an insufficient amount of pressure in the tires can also lead to the development of tire bubbles. To avoid this, be sure that your tires are always at the recommended pressure, which you can find by looking at the tires themselves or by checking the owner’s manual.
    • Too Much Load – Tire load capacity is the amount of load a properly inflated tire can carry. If you have too much load, you run the risk of problems, which can include a blowout or a bubble being formed. In addition to making sure the tires are always at the right pressure, you have to be sure that you’re not carrying a load that is too heavy.
    • Manufacturing defects – Though it is quite rare, a manufacturer defect could also be the reason that a bubble forms in a tire. The most commonly seen manufacturer issue is the glue failing to hold the layers of the tire together, which then creates a gap for bubbles to form. In the event of such a defect, there is nothing you can really do to avoid this from happening, but should replace the tire as soon as possible.

In addition to driving safely and with awareness, there are a couple other things you can do for bubble prevention: On newer vehicles, pay attention to the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and on older vehicles, check the tire pressure yourself on a regular basis. The TPMS will notify you if one of your tires falls below the recommended pressure, so be sure to heed it.

Have a Bubble? Book Your Toyota in to Westbury Toyota

If you suspect a bubble is forming or has formed on one or more tires of your Toyota, the best thing you can do is book it in immediately to be taken care of. Our specialists here at Westbury Toyota have all the knowledge and expertise needed to take care of the problem efficiently, so do not hesitate to call us or bring your vehicle in!

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