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If you’re like most drivers, you don’t think about your tires too often. Maybe you adjust the tire pressure a few times a year when the weather changes, but otherwise you assume they’re good to go. But now you’ve seen a bubble in your tire, and you need to investigate.
The short answer is: yes! A small bulge in the tire sidewall can look harmless, but it could have serious consequences. Any tire bulge indicates a major problem with your tire that could cause a tire blowout and a dangerous accident at any time. To ensure your safety, you need to have it replaced immediately by a highly skilled technician, like those at your local Jiffy Lube®.
Air bubbles usually don’t happen randomly. They’re generally caused by a specific event on the road. A tire bulge can result from:
During any of these events, the impact pushes the tires against the rim, which forces air between the layers of the tire and causes bubbles in tires. Unfortunately, once a bubble appears, there is no repair other than to replace the tire completely.
Don’t remember any events that could’ve caused the damage? Some bubbles are caused by manufacturing defects. During an inspection at one of the 2,000 Jiffy Lube locations across North America, a skilled technician will look closely at your tires. If there’s no obvious physical damage due to an impact, the defect may be covered by your tire warranty or road hazard insurance. Every insurance company and tire manufacturer have different policies, so it may be worth the time to submit a claim if this occurs.
Absolutely. While it may look like a harmless little bubble in your tire, it’s a sign that a tire blowout could occur at any time. This creates a major risk to you, your passengers and to other drivers on the roadway. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that tire failure causes 11,000 crashes each year. That’s an average of 30 crashes per day in the United States alone.
And in the future, schedule regular tire inspections and tire rotations at your local Jiffy Lube. Not only will you ensure that your tires are in good condition, but inspections and rotations also improve vehicle performance, help you retain your tire manufacturer’s warranty and contribute to better gas mileage.
A tire inspection and rotation at Jiffy Lube is a simple process with major benefits:
Finding a bubble in your tire is rarely a pleasant experience. But with the helpful service at Jiffy Lube, and your newfound knowledge of tire care and maintenance, it could be the beginning of better, safer driving for years to come.
Find out how to test tire pressure and tire treads at home—with just a simple tire gauge and a penny.
And learn more tips for overall tire care in our Tire TLC post.
Please note: Not all services are offered at each Jiffy Lube® location. Please check with your local Jiffy Lube® service center or visit jiffylube.com for specific services offered.