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    I have a tyre that has a chunk missing from it on the rim protector (see pic below). I have a 1.9 vectra (2007) and am thinking of using it, do you guys think it might develop any problems as the tyre is used and wears away?
    I am pretty sure at the moment it does not let any air out.


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    From my years of driving/assessing lease cars i have come across this regularly on 18/19 inch alloys and never had any issues as it is useually a chunk out of the rim protector. As you have the tyre off you can check the inner for damage but from the photo i would say its fine.

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    As long as no webbing shows underneath, the tyre is judged safe.
    And should even pass an mot.
    It only becomes a problem if it plays on your mind.

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    Sure it's a MOT failure tho? Possible could been seen as a defective tyre be the police?
    Unless the tyre is almost new I PERSONALY wouldnt risk it, blow out at 70mph would cost more than a new tyre

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    Picture seems to be showing the rim protector damaged, this is generally what the rim protector is for so you should be OK but keep a close eye on the tyre and check it regularly for pressure drops

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig1985 View Post
    Sure it's a MOT failure tho? Possible could been seen as a defective tyre be the police?
    Unless the tyre is almost new I PERSONALY wouldnt risk it, blow out at 70mph would cost more than a new tyre
    or a funny copper giving you a fine a 3 points..

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    I would fit it and fit the damaged bit on the inside of the rim so it cant be seen

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee gsi View Post
    I would fit it and fit the damaged bit on the inside of the rim so it cant be seen
    All well and good providing the tyre isn't a directional one. If it is, then you might have to swap sides with the other tyre so it's on the inside of the rim.

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    Personally I would have such an imperfection visible, preferably on the front offside wheel
    That way it can be inspected before and after each use of the vehicle

    Also, I would ask a MoT tester if they pass or fail it, if fitted to the vehicle
    Some tyre fitters might even refuse, as they will only fit new (unused) tyres that you supply

    Although the imperfection is predominantly on the rim protector, it does appear to impede into the sidewall

    Finally refer to MoT requirements for tyres :
    Examine general condition of tyre
    Tyres fail if they have serious cuts, bulges or other damage
    This would be classed as other damage, so would fail

    Strangely for the purposes of the RTA the tyre would have to suffer a cut or tear, to incur an offence
    An officer could argue it would fail an MoT, but this would not be enough to consider for prosecution
    I would therefore suggest measuring the imperfection, and if greater than 25mm in length then it could be classified as a cut
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    Ask yourself is it worth it.
    If only doing say short non high speed journeys and if it's got more or less full tread then yes may be ok.
    But if your doing fast, say longer m/way type journeys and it's maybe only got 4-5 mm tread then deffo get a new one, don't bother risking it.

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