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S-Type R Tire Sidewall Bubbles

I have a Jaguar X-Type. The tires last about 6 months and then I'm told by the dealer it's road damage when I make sure I avoid potholes as much as possible. The tires mostly get bubbles in them and there is never any damage to the rims. I have Continental tires and the dealer is not concerned about this happening time and time again. They are charging $160 / tire and I'm wondering if I should switch brands and go somewhere else besides the dealer. Thanks.

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  • susie1360 Apr 17, 2009

    Thank you. What brand of tire would you recommend? I have 50000 miles on the car and it's 4.5 yrs. old. I'm putting roughly 12,000 on each year.

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How many miles have you put on the car? Sounds like some bad tires, I would try going with a different brand of tires from a different dealer or seller and make sure there is a warranty on them that will cover this. Also have the tires checked by someone else to make sure that it is an impact and not a defect. If it looks like a defect, then I would definitely stay away from those tires.

Very strange that you are experiencing this, I'd bet that the tires are just defective but make sure to get them replaced asap as they aren't as safe in this condition. Let me know if you need something else.


Benjamin

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    Benjamin Patri Apr 17, 2009

    Falken tires are really good. Otherwise, well I would just go to a tire dealer near you, Firestone possibly and see what they have in stock (I've never really seen any problems with their tires and they will have a 50-70k mile warranty for your new tires). I would also look into the tires you have first and call the manufacturer of the tires since they would be the ones to replace them, though I would not replace these tires with the same kind since they are so bad, just try to get some money back if possible.

    Benjamin


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Saving Your Tires


The largest vehicle expense short of a catastrophic mechanical failure can be the purchase of tires. After spending anywhere from a few hundred dollars to upwards in the thousands for tires why not protect your investment? Many tire stores offer packages for road hazard situations which usually covers tire repairs and lifetime rotate and balance as well as proration of the tire if tire becomes unrepairable.Ask your tire dealer what their road hazard packages cover? Some tire dealers even offer lifetime alignment or extended alignment service packages.

One of the most common cause for tire failure is improper inflation.Underinflated tires can cause excessive flexing of the sidewall causing the rolling resistance to increase (friction) and can not dissipate heat the way it was intended.This can lead to blow outs or tread separations.Overinflated tires can wear out the center tread and allow to much pressure to build up and cause a tire to blow out. Most vehicles have a placard in a door jam or glove
box that states what manufacturer suggests what the air pressure should be set to.If unable to locate the placard the owners manual contains the same information.This is what the air pressure should be set to.Tires have a maximum pressure printed on the sidewall this is more to advise what the tire can handle not a guideline for inflation.

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You purchased a tire rated for 60000 miles and it only lasted for 30000? The reason for this is usually due to lack of tire rotation so the drive tires end up wearing out faster then the non drive tires. Proper tire
maintenance is the key to longevity of your tires.Most importantly proper tire pressure.Most manufacturers recommend tire rotations between 5000-7500 following this will maximize the life of your tires.Tire rotation
procedure can vary from a front wheel drive (FWD), rear wheel drive (RWD),all wheel drive (AWD), or four drive (4WD) your owners manual should tell you the best way to have your tire rotated for your vehicle. At one time it was suggested to never cross rotate tires due to damage occurring this is no longer the case. Advancements in tire technology has changed this so cross rotating is now a regular practice. There are some exceptions such as performance rated directional tires designed to only be mounted one way on the vehicle left or right side these can
only be rotated front to back.Some vehicle are now stock with different size front and rear tires so rotating
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