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Be honest, how bad is it?

The outer rubber of a tire is merely a cosmetic outer casing to brand and label the tire and also to protect the rim as a rim guard on some models. If the cords holding the plies together have not been exposed or damaged (bubbled), the tires structural integrity has not been compromised..The damage is cosmetic. If the cord structure is visible, then scrap the tire. I've driven on tires 10 times worst than this many times (thanks NYC roadways) and never had an issue.


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Old 08-15-2015, 11:22 PM
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Re: Be honest, how bad is it?

Its a damaged sidewall might hold might not its up to him if he wants to fix it or not. I have seen first hand similar damaged tires fail, they don't have to bubble or have belts poking out.
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Old 08-15-2015, 11:56 PM
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Re: Be honest, how bad is it?

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You paid for the coverage, why wouldn't you use it? Tire damage can be a safety issue, why take the chance. That's my way of thinking anyway.
Because under the terms of the coverage he posted there is nothing to cover! They will onky cover if the tyre wont hold air or cant be balanced. Since its a sidewall cut that's not leaking they will do nothing about it for him.
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Re: Be honest, how bad is it?

The way I read it is: the wheel will only be repaired/replaced is it fails to hold air, and/or the wheel cannot be balanced. Thus any superficial damage will not be covered.
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Re: Be honest, how bad is it?

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Its a damaged sidewall might hold might not its up to him if he wants to fix it or not. I have seen first hand similar damaged tires fail, they don't have to bubble or have belts poking out.
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I wouldn't want to trust the sidewall for another 40,000 miles. Who knows what the elements and constant flexing will do. You could keep an eye on it for the next couple of years, but that means it will always be on your mind.

Consider the consequences if the tire does let go somewhere down the road. Now compare that to the cost of a new tire today.

The rim is nothing, but if it was my Jeep it would have a new tire on that wheel, if only for peace of mind.



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Re: Be honest, how bad is it?

Just move the tire/rim to the rear if you are worried... (If it's not there already). These guys are gonna give you anxiety over something so minuscule.


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Old 08-16-2015, 09:01 AM
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Re: Be honest, how bad is it?

Might as well cancel the wheel/tire policy if its not going to be used. Since you just bought the vehicle you should be able to get 100% of the amount back.
It will probably cost about 75-100 dollars to fix the rash on the wheel. If you want to leave it thats up to you, but on a brand spankin new vehicle I would need it fixed. As for the tire you are obviously getting mixed input from guys here. I have no experience with that so im not gonna say one way or the other, but if you are going to replace the tire now would be the time since they are all still new. Then you wont be left with one new tire and three other slightly worn ones.
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Re: Be honest, how bad is it?

Ill know more tomorrow morning, I have a service scheduled with Jeep to take a look at the damage.

My company allows me a stipend for vehicle maintenance. So if the repair is relatively cheap (say $100-$200 max) it would make more sense to go the cash route rather than waste 1 of my 4 replacements on it. I figure if I only get 4 replacements for the next 7 years, might as well save it for if/when the damage is far more expensive.
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Re: Be honest, how bad is it?

In nearly 20 years of driving I have experienced exactly 1 blown tire/bent wheel and 0 curbed wheels. I'd take my chances and see if they could cover all this under the warranty package you purchased :-)
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Re: Be honest, how bad is it?

A little epoxy and you should be all set. Fix it and forget about it.


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Re: Be honest, how bad is it?

Just got back from a tire shop near my place (not a jeep dealer). They said the tire is fine as its not leaking and not that much of a chunk out. They did say that to repair the rim where the scratch was would be $130.

So it looks like I have 3 choices
1) Go to jeep and get it repaired under rim/tire warranty (should they allow it)
2) pay for the rim repair and just glue that piece back to the rubber
3) do nothing as its causing no issues. Only cosmetic.

Im leaning with option 1 considering its a brand new vehicle.
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Re: Be honest, how bad is it?

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Just got back from a tire shop near my place (not a jeep dealer). They said the tire is fine as its not leaking and not that much of a chunk out. They did say that to repair the rim where the scratch was would be $130.

So it looks like I have 3 choices
1) Go to jeep and get it repaired under rim/tire warranty (should they allow it)
2) pay for the rim repair and just glue that piece back to the rubber
3) do nothing as its causing no issues. Only cosmetic.

Im leaning with option 1 considering its a brand new vehicle.
If you are worried about using all 4 of your replacements up I would just hold out but thats your call I'm not sure how much the tire/wheel policy cost you. If not just go see what they say about covering it. Seems like your only option now. 130 sounds really pricey for that type of repair. I've had bent/cracked wheels completely refinished for that.
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