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Potholes! Can I still drive on this tyre?

LJC105 Jun 22, 2017

  1. LJC105

    LJC105 Registered User

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    Spotted some alloy damage on my S3 as the photo shows. Friend suggests it's from a pothole. Am I allowed to drive on this tyre?
     

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  3. GSB

    GSB Well-Known Member Gold Supporter

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    I'm not sure I would, how deep is it though?

    If it doesn't meet MOT inspection criteria, then you'll have to scrap it to stay legal.

    Reason for Rejection
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    a. A tyre has a cut the length of which is in excess of 25 mm or 10% of section width, whichever is greater, deep enough to reach the ply or cords
    b. a tyre has:
    a lump, bulge or tear caused by separation or partial failure of its structure. This includes any lifting of the tread rubber
    any of its ply or cord exposed
     
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  4. Wibbly

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    Looks pretty dangerous to me. Looks the same as it might have been had type been slashed instead. I wouldn't want to drive or be a passenger in any car with a tyre like that, let alone a S3...
     
  5. cemerson

    cemerson Registered User

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    I wouldn't. Get the spare on it and get it changed ASAP.
     
  6. RichardT

    RichardT Registered User

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    Looks illegal
     
  7. Svenedin

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    There's obvious sidewall damage. It depends on whether the cords are damaged but I would not even consider risking it. Get a new tyre. It's bad luck and money you didn't want to spend but safety is too important.
     
  8. Wibbly

    Wibbly Registered User

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    Consolation is that the wheel itself looks only to have sustained cosmetic damage...
     
  9. Don76

    Don76 Registered User

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    Defo get that changed fella. Imagine what it looks like at motorway speeds when the tyre is hot.

    Think of the damage that a blowout would cause.

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  10. Flying Scotsman

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    As others have stated, replace it, it's not worth risking a blowout and the possible/probable results of what occurs after especially a high speed blowout.
     
  11. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    That doesn't look like pothole damage to me more like the corner of a Kerb or similar. Either way I wouldn't want to be driving around with that tyre as you can't see what has been damaged in the structure of the tyre.
     
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  13. MikeParkin

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    To your question I would say yes you could still drive on it but not far and not at any high speeds. I would consider getting it changed relatively soon.
     
  14. RSS-S3

    RSS-S3 Registered User

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    Its not worth the risk, it has significant damage there and is just better to be replaced and stay safe.
     
  15. LJC105

    LJC105 Registered User

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    The worst part of it all is I don't know when this happened! I've done the London > Manchester roundtrip this week in the car and it worries me to think this could've happened before driving at motorway speeds. Will be calling the local tyre fitters in the morning.

    Thanks for your input guys :)
     
  16. Whitestar

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    I'd get it changed ASAP, it's not worth the risk.
     
  17. Audi Bairn

    Audi Bairn Moderator Staff Member Moderator Gold Supporter

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    Whether it's legal or not, I wouldn't be driving on that.
    It's a weakness that could end in tears.
    Play it safe and change it.
     

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