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Old 06-05-2014, 09:47 PM   #1
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Very slight bulge on tire sidewall

2 year old Michelin 255 r70 22.5. Rubbing my hand around while cleaning I noticed a slight ripple in sidewall. Gonna call Michelin in the am but wanted to post this as well. Is this a concern?
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Yes, separated cord or other internal damage. IMHO.
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Yep, I would NOT run that tire down the road. Only far enough to get it changed.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:04 AM   #4
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Well, you guys are all wrong. This bubble if less that 3/8" high is "probably" part of the manufacturing process where the belts overlap! Michelin dealer for the RV dealer I was working with provided them with a technical bulletin supporting this.
I did not see the bulletin, rather the dealer gave me two new tires. Dealer was great to work with.
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I bought new Michelins for DW's Jeep, they all have a visible bulge running from the bead to the tread corner. Tire shop said it is normal. That was 6 years ago and they have never been off the rim since.. Your best resource is to talk to a Michelin tire dealer yourself.
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I bought new Michelins for DW's Jeep, they all have a visible bulge running from the bead to the tread corner. Tire shop said it is normal. That was 6 years ago and they have never been off the rim since.. Your best resource is to talk to a Michelin tire dealer yourself.

Ray, I was in a situation with a Motorhome dealer in TX. I refused to take delivery of the MH with these pronounced bulges on the 2 year old Michelins. I was in a position to not have to care what Michelin said.
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Get a set of Goodyears pronto. Get rid of Pepe Le Pews junk!
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Get a set of Goodyears pronto. Get rid of Pepe Le Pews junk!

Got it...will do.
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Rhk- Don't throw them away just yet--

I Noticed an "indent or wave" in the sidewall of my new Goodyear G670's, dealer said normal sidewall construction..Has not changed in 4 years of use. Also said a bubble or lump is not normal. (see photo of unacceptable bulge in the link below)

"Sidewall indentations (also referred to as sidewall "undulations") are a common characteristic of tire construction on almost all radial tires. These indentations are more noticeable in larger tires with taller sidewalls, as well as tires that operate at higher inflation pressures."
Full discussion here: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=32
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Hooligan, I was being younger in cheek. I will be keeping my tires. Good info you gave me. Thanks. I didn't provide enough info up front (apologies to RayIN) as I was at a dealer and felt I didn't have time to investigate, and just requested they pull em.
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Nice to have a good dealer. I've used the same tire dealer here for years and it pays. Whether the lumpy bulgy wavy sidewall is a problem or not, the peace of mind with having tires replaced is well worth it..
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