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Unread 11-17-2015, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default Minor Crack/Scratch on New Tire

I just noticed a crack on one of the 19 inch tires on my 2016 mazda 6.
Should I be worried about this?

The car has been driven for only about 2 months and its quite new. The crack is most likely from running against a curb one time 3 weeks ago.
I estimate it to be about 5mm deep.
Just to be sure I checked the pressure and it's the same as the other 3.

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Unread 11-18-2015, 12:35 PM   #2
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I did something pretty similar a while back. I'd just keep an eye on the pressure to make sure it isn't leaky. Should be fine.
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I'd say that the sooner you get the tyre replaced (and if the tyres are relatively new than you can settle by changing only this one) the better.

The tyre's sidewall is not nearly as thick as the tread, and even the tread depth rarely exceeds 8 millimeters...

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I'd stick a patch on that regardless of if it is leaking (yet) or not. Being stuck on the side of the road with a flat can ruin your day, especially if you're running late for work or headed out on a date!

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Once again:

Ain't no such thing as putting a patch of a scratch on the sidewall.

The sidewall of a radial tyre is effectivelly a spring. It is always streching and compressing and it's quite thin. So no patch or plug could stick to it.

So the OP faces a classic multi-choice quizz question:
which will cost the least in money and pain?
a. replace tyre/s.
b. interact with scenery.
c. interact with other car.
d. interact with pedestrian.

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