“A pothole swallowed my wheel and tire. There doesn’t look to be any visible damage to the wheel, but there’s a bulge in the tire and a vibration on the highway. What’s up?”
A bulge or bubble on the side of a tire usually means that the sidewall cords are broken or damaged due to impact. Go to your closest tire dealer and get the tire replaced asap. It’s a weak spot and the slightest of impacts could cause the tire to blow out! If it’s a big bubble, it might be better to put the spare on or call AAA.
A vibration on the highway usually means your tire and wheel are out of balance.
The wheel weights used to balance your tires could have come off on impact and a computerized high-speed balance might fix it. The wheel could be bent and beyond balancing, Most wheels can be repaired, but you might need a new wheel.
If something doesn’t look, fell, and smell right after an encounter with a pothole, it’s best to get it checked out asap.
Send me pictures, ask me about any of your pothole tire damage questions. Call(508) 583 5031. Email or message on Facebook. I’m here to get you back on the road with a safe vehicle and a minimum of fuss.