I was driving home tonight and my left front tire hit a pothole. It sounded pretty bad and I new I f__ed up something. I get home and sure enough the rim is bent slightly and there's a bubble in the tire. Can the rim be fixed and is it okay to drive on the tire. Any help would be much appreciated.
The rim MIGHT be able to be fixed but more then likely you'll need a new one.
The tire is shot, you will have to buy a new one. It's not safe driving on a bubbled tire, it could literally blow out.
03-10-2005, 11:16 PM
Depending on the buble size it Could be ok to drive on the tire... not for an extended time, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it, but if you have no other choice and carefully avoid potholes you should be alright. There's always the possibility of a blowout though, so I personally wouldn't risk it.
The rim bend, is it stabbing the tire and making it lose air? If so, throw the spare donut on, that's not good. There is at least one company that repairs wheels, you ship them out, pay and they return them supposedly good as new. I don't know how much they cost though, but here's (http://www.fixarim.com/) a site... depending on cost it might be easier to buy a new rim (NOT from the dealer, that won't be cheaper) but you can check the website first to see.