Rusnak_322 Dork
12/8/18 10:03 a.m.

See the attached picture.

This was not noticed when the tires were dismounted. 

Snow tires size 255/35 R19


is it junk? I saw a few post where people were able to use them but the local shop we use didn’t want to mount it, they wanted to sell a new set of tires for $1,400


any ideas? The tires are older, we were hoping to get a few more winters out of them. We were actually looking to only mount them once more and look for new rims for summer tires.


Vigo UltimaDork
12/8/18 10:33 a.m.

If that damage doesn't extend much around to the other side then they would probably still hold air, but I don't think I would want to actually use them on a car that would get driven. I can understand how that tire size would be pretty expensive, but I think if you don't want to spend this money again you should buy a set of winter wheels to go with your inevitable new set of winter tires since this type of damage only occurs during mounting/dismounting. If you can go down to a smaller wheel size in the process it should make the tires cheaper in addition to getting those two extra years from not being damaged on a tire machine. 

flatlander937 HalfDork
12/8/18 10:38 a.m.

Are all the tires like that or just one?

I wouldn't run it with torn threads like that... Rubber removed down TO them? Sure no problem.

Buy a single tire from Tirerack and have it shaved to equivalent depth if that matters to you.

rslifkin UltraDork
12/8/18 10:46 a.m.

This, right here, is why I have a problem with the idea of dismounting and remounting tires twice a year to avoid buying extra wheels for snows.  It doesn't really save money in the long run once you factor in mount / balance costs and can lead to tires getting damaged like this in the process. 

jfryjfry HalfDork
12/8/18 12:39 p.m.

I’d run it if it holds air.   I’ve seen guys run tires on the track with no issue that had worse damage than that in the same area. 

bentwrench SuperDork
12/8/18 12:46 p.m.

Another vote to always use lube!

Rusnak_322 Dork
12/8/18 1:54 p.m.

I want to try to get it mounted, I just don’t know who would do that.

i need someone that can carefully mount it without making it worse and without  damaging the wheels.


i did just find a used tire on eBay from a company with 55k sales and 100% positive feedback.  $160 shipped. I think I will give that a try. Paying with PayPal gives pretty good protection if the tire is not as described.

Rodan HalfDork
12/8/18 2:04 p.m.

Just make sure to check the date codes.


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