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I have noticed a dent in the side of one of the tires on a used vehicle I bought last month. Does this mean my tire is over-inflated and at risk of exploding?

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Lisa, Because I can not see the dent on your tire I can

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Lisa, Could you be more specific? Is there a problem with the tire or the rim? If the tire has any damage to it this may compromise the tire. A bubble sticking out of the tire usually means that the vehicle hit a big pot hole and that bubble will eventually pop. Over-inflation on a tire caused the center of the tread to wear prematurely, while under-inflation will cause the outer edges to wear while the middle of the tread is good. Hope this helps. Lori Johnson New from Askpatty! Ask Patty is announcing CarBlabber. It's car reviews for women by women like you! What does your car mean to you? Do you love or hate your car? Is your car a fashion statement or a pile of junk? We want to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly about your car. Ask Patty is offering a lineup of amazing products as prizes to CarBlabber members (and signing up is totally free!). All you have to do is create a profile, review a car and add a photo to your review! Sign up at www.askpatty.com/carblabber http://askpatty.typepad.com/ask_patty_/2007/08/blab-about-your.html

Breanne Boyle, Contributing Editor at AskPatty.com It depends. If the tire is new - that is, with less than 1,000 miles on it - the dent should not be anything of concern. Some tires do have these rather smoother, roundish indentations. This usually occurs with lesser brand tires with taller sidewalls, such as a common all-season radial. If the tire is older than that or you believe the vehicle may have been driven harshly or may have been involved in an accident, I would recommend taking the tires back to the person or dealer you purchased it from and get them replaced. If that indentation is in anyway jagged or has a gouge, they most surely should be replaced. If that is not possible, you should still consider getting them replaced. Not that there would necessarily be anything specifically wrong, but it is better to be safe than sorry. To find the proper inflation pressure, please look in the vehicle's owners manual or on a sticker that should be located in the door jamb.

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