The Tire Doctor will see you now. If you notice a problem with one of your tires, we can diagnose it here. Which of the following best describes the problem?
Normal Radial Sidewall
Indentations are quite natural on radial tires (which most all tires on the road are) and will not affect performance. Your tires feature one or more layers of fabric cord within its sidewall construction that run parallel to each other. (Steel cords are used within the tread.) Where the cords overlap, there is often slight indentation. (For more information on tire construction, click here.)
Bulging, however, is not normal on a tire. It signifies that there is a gap between the cords, and must be replaced immediately. Do NOT drive on this tire, even down the road to a tire retailer.
Remember this easy math: indentations = good; bulges = bad.
Bulge or Bubble
Damaged Tire That Needs to Be Replaced
A tire with a bulge or bubble cannot be repaired. Damage and Replacement Issues:
- A bulge or bubble on the sidewall of a tire generally indicates damaged cords caused by a severe impact.
- Damaged cords often are accompanied by a visible break in the inner liner.
- If cords have been damaged, air has infiltrated into the plies and can result in a bulge.
Immediately replace the tire with the spare and take the tire to an authorized Michelin tire retailer for a proper inspection.
Car Handling Problems
Michelin's tire inspection tool can help you make sure you are noticing when your tires are giving you some grief. Keep your tires at peak performance levels.
Not sure if your have worn tires? Learn how to inspect your tires for damage and determine if it is time to replace your tires.
Diagnose Your Tire Sidewall Damage
Diagnose your tire sidewall damage with Michelin. Is there a bubble or indentation in your tire sidewall? Discover what the problem is - and how serious it is.
Tire Wear & Damage
Understand the different types of tire wear and damage with help from Michelin. Learn how to identify and fix tire issues to keep you safe on the road.
Have you noticed uneven or excessive tire wear, excessive wear on both edges, or any other issues related to tire damage? You may have under-inflated tires. Learn more.
Have you noticed uneven or excessive tire wear, that your tires are soft, or any other issues related to tire damage? You may have over-inflated tires. Learn more.
Why is My Car Vibrating?
Experiencing car handling problems? If your tires are vibrating, your car is pulling to the left or right, or there is overall poor handling, you should check out this page.
Car Pulls to the Right or Left
Is your car pulling to one side? Learn why this is happening here at Michelin as well as additional tire care and maintenance tips and driving advice.
Experiencing steering wheel problems? If your tires are vibrating, your car is pulling to the left or right, or there is overall poor handling, you should check out this page.
Tire Flat Spotting
Notice your tire is flat-spotting? Diagnose your flat tire symptoms and get it back in healthy condition with Michelin's tire assessment.
Tire Inspector Tool tire
Use Michelin's tire inspector tool to quickly and easily assess the condition of your tires. Get expert tips on identifying and fixing tire damage.
Tire Inspector Tool Handling
Why is my car vibrating? Why is my car pulling to one side? If you're experience handling issues with your car, it's important that you diagnose the problem immediately.
Tire Inspector Tool Sidewall
If you car has experienced damage to its sidewall - or has a bubble or bulge in it - then it's important for you to take it to your nearest Michelin dealer immediately.