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Old 03-12-2019, 06:45 AM
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Side bubble in the tire.



I found that my front tire has developed side bubble. I have these Continental ProContact TX 245/45R18 96V installed. Those run like $200 each. My friend told me that I need to buy 2 of those. Because these already done 37K miles. So they would wear evenly.

Now i I need to spend $400 plus installation and so on. I wonder if I could buy different brand for the fronts or buy one and rotate them back or what to do? Sorry Iím a noob.



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Old 03-12-2019, 08:31 AM
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What's the tread life of all the tires? If you're under 5/32 of an inch, I'd consider just getting all 4 and get a set of better then stock tires. You normally get a better deal on a set of 4 the you do for 2. You're not saving yourself anything in my opinion. Point to be made, the stock tires aren't that good brand new, you have 37k miles on a tire rated for maybe 50k on a lighter car. Just get 4 new ones and be satisfied with the purchase. Get a lifetime alignment too. May be around $1000 for tires/ mount balance and the alignment, but like I said, you'd get a discount somewhere in there if you're savvy with negotiation. And the car will drive like brand new.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:46 AM
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37 K miles!!! Hell, Id be thrilled to even get to that number......replace 4
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:26 AM
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Why 37K is a lot? Since Aug 17
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Old 03-12-2019, 12:47 PM
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Why 37K is a lot? Since Aug 17
I replaced my tires @ 34K. Mad Max tells it correctly..just replace all 4. For what its worth, I never did get my Max aligned since it always tracked straight as an arrow even after the new tires. By the way I bought Goodyear RSAs for $850 installed
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Old 03-12-2019, 12:54 PM
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What's the tread depth, that's really the thing. 2/32 or less you have to change them. Anywhere from 3/32 to 5/32 you may feel the car float or spin in deep water, even with a quality tread. Deep water is really anything more then an inch or 2 deep, you will feel the float/spin, especially with this motor if you give it extra throttle once you enter the water. For me once I'm under 5/32's I'm just waiting for the first sign and I'm ready to replace tires, I never take them to the edge, it's just not worth it! In your case a bubble has you needing 1 on a high mileage set. And yes, 37k is pretty high for a set of tires on a heavy sedan. If you were in a sonata, you could get 50,000 easier then you can with a Max.

So again, what's the average tread depth remaining?
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Old 03-12-2019, 02:08 PM
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Why 37K is a lot? Since Aug 17
56 K miles on my Altima, I am on my 3rd set. Much better than my 1st altima. I drive like a grandma too.
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Old 03-12-2019, 02:21 PM
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Get new tires - esp. at 37k miles.

A bubble is non-negotiable - you have to replace the tire. It's like a hernia - you've compromised the sidewall.
Lucky you noticed it before a blowout.
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