Broken Belt In Tire


Broken Belt in Tire Signs

If you are driving and you have noisy tires, this could be a sign that you have a broken belt aka a tire separation. A broken belt in tire could cause your car to vibrate or your steering wheel to shake. Your tires may even seem like they’re bouncing in extreme cases. All of these can be signs that you have a broken belt/tire separation in your tire.

Your tire may even appear to have an odd shape. This odd shape could look like a big and long bubble inside your tread. In really bad cases your steering wheel could jerk back and forth while your car is bouncing. In some extreme cases it may feel like your tire isn’t even a circle anymore.

A tire is like God’s love for you… endless.

You can get vibrations, steering wheel shaking, bouncing at low speeds, and at high speeds if you have a broken belt in tire. If you have any of these symptoms you should look for new tires as soon as possible. This is a dangerous form of tire damage that can lead to a potential tire blowout.

Let’s be safe on the road, so be sure to fully inspect your tires before you drive on the road. Tires are a safety tool so let’s be smart when it comes to our tires.

Tire Belt Separation

Steering Wheel Shakes at High/Low Speeds?

Why does my steering wheel shake at high/low speeds?

Bad tire separation/broken belt in tire could be the culprit behind your shaking steering wheel. This form of tire damage can affect your vehicle when traveling at high or low speeds.

Tire separation is when the tread of your tire separates from the internal structure of your tire. This causes a bump in your tires tread or a very oddly shaped tire. This damage can sometimes be rather severe, causing your car to feel like it’s falling apart when you drive.

When these things happens to your tire, it is no longer any good. You can always replace your bad tire with your spare tire just until you get a new one.

You should NOT drive with a broken belt in your tire. Your tire(s) could potentially have a catastrophic failure such as a tire blowout, flat tire, or tire explosion. If you’re not in the market for a new tire and you don’t have a spare, I would park your car until you get a new tire.

Be sure to always inspect your tires, feel and listen for any signs of a bad tire, you might just save yourself from having a really bad day.

Please note, your steering wheel can shake for other reasons such as a tire out of balance, cupping, out of round tire, suspension issues, alignment issues or could be a brake problem and it shakes when you apply the brakes.

Tire Valve Caps (American Flag)
Tire Valve Caps (American Flag)

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Loud Tire Noise at Highway Speeds

Are your tires really loud and noisy when traveling at high speeds? This could very well be a sign that your tires are starting to separate.

Tire separation is when the inside structure of your tire starts to separate from the outer tread. This will cause your tire to be out of shape or have a rather large bubble on the tread itself.

Bad tire separation could very well cause this noise. For steel belted tires, tire separation is very common. Having a tire separation is not safe at all. This tire damage needs to be addressed immediately.

Take action before matters get worse.

The only way to eliminate tire separation is to buy a new tire. If this problem worsens and your tire separates more, you could have your tires start to shake your car or even bounce it.

Be safe, address this situation and buy new tires. You don’t want to leave yourself stranded on the side of the road due to a tire malfunction or tire blowout. By getting new tires you are not only protecting yourself, but others around you.

What Causes Broken Belt in Tire?

There are many reasons why your tires could have bad tire separation/a broken belt. These reasons include a tire defect, not taking good care of your tires/abuse of your tires, incorrect PSI levels, repairing your tire the wrong way, and/or bad tire wear. Please understand once you have a broken belt or tire separation in your tire there is no going back you need a new tire.

If this problem is not addressed more than likely this problem will get worse and end with you stranded on the side of the road. Be sure to inspect your tires and feel your tires to make sure they are always in perfect working order. If you feel or see a big bump or bulge on your tread, then you have a tire separation.

Tire Defects

Having a defective tire is highly dangerous and is actually more common than you would think. Having a tire defect means that in the process of making your tire something went wrong.

What happens is the tire steel belt and the tread did not seal well to the tire casing. When this happens, something went wrong with the chemical procedure when it comes to forming the tire.

This is a factory defect and you should see if there are any recalls or compensation you can receive. Check with the place you got the tire from for a workmanship and materials warranty.

Incorrect PSI Levels

Riding with too much air in your tires or driving over things you shouldn’t be driving over can cause a broken belt in tire. Both over inflation and riding over rough areas can be an equation for the destruction of  your tires.

Your tires are designed to absorb the impact when it comes to going over bumps and potholes. When your tires are overinflated, your tires will be rigid and will not be able to absorb the shock when driving over rough services. This high impact can cause a broken belt/ tire separation.

Be sure to check the inside of your driver door to see what PSI your car calls for on the door sticker. Then air your tires with a portable tire inflator or at a gas station air pump. Riding with too much air pressure in your tires can cause a whole bunch of heat and tire wear.

Incorrect Tire Repair

Not repairing your tire the right way can cause your tire to separate as well. Sometimes putting a plug or a patch plug in your tire will cause tire separation. Be sure you know how to repair a tire the right way for your own safety.

Once you get a separated belt within your tire, you have to replace your tire. So, be sure to repair your tire correctly.

Tire Wear

Another cause of a broken belt or tire separation is having bad tire wear. Your tires have a mileage clock and once your tires have been road on for the amount of miles you were supposed to get out of them, you should replace them.

Be sure to check your tread depth with a tire tread check tool. Having bald tires is very dangerous. You could have a loss of traction or a tire failure because of it. Bald tires can cause a tire separation/ broken belt. When your tires are bald there is less tread to protect the innards of your tire.

Tire Tread Depth Gauges (2 Pack)
Tire Tread Depth Gauges (2 Pack)

This tire tread depth gauge tool reads in 32nds. Suitable for trucks, motorcycles, automobiles and any passenger vehicle. Know exactly when to get new tires!

When hitting a bump or pothole with bald tires there is less tread to help absorb the impact. Old and worn out tires are also just more prone to having more problems. You should always replace your tires in a timely manner. Your tires keep you on the road, so be sure to take care of them to help insure your safety.

How Long can You Drive on a Separated Tire?

Is it safe to drive on a separated tire? How long do you have until your tires are toast?

The answer is easy: you should never drive on a separated tire. You are asking for a disaster if you do drive on a separated tire. The problem is your tire is literally coming apart from the inside out, and there is no telling when you will have a tire blowout.

Plan ahead. Don’t set yourself up for failure.

For your own safety, tire(s) should be replaced as soon as possible. It’s not only dangerous for you to drive on a separated tire but for those traveling with you and the cars on the road around you as well. Plus, if your tire blows out while you are driving, you could damage the rim and possibly cause a wreck.

A tire separation is literally when the inside of your tire detaches from the tread of your tire. This causes a bubble on your tread.

As stated before a broken belt in tire is most common on factory defected tires or on cheap tires. Be sure to be safe when it comes to your tires. It’s always good practice to visually inspect your tires as well as feeling them for anything wrong. 

Can You Fix a Broken Belt in Tire?

Can tire separation be fixed? Yes. You just have to buy a new set of tires. Unfortunately, once the tire is separated, fixing it is impossible. This damage deems your tire very unsafe to drive on.

Tire separation can cause a rough ride such as road noise, jerking in the steering wheel, car vibration and shaking. This means the structure of your tire is falling apart which holds your tread to the inner part of your tire.

This will form a lump on your tread or just cause your tire to be very oddly shaped. You could have a bumpy ride, vibrations, steering wheel shakes, or your vehicle might even feel like it’s jumping.

Don’t risk having a tire pop or a flat tire. Replace your tires or you might be stuck on the side of the road installing your spare tire. Tire separation is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Point is you can not fix tire separation and be sure to also look over your tires well to keep the roads safe.

Broken Belt in Tire Symptoms

When you have a tire separation there are many tell tale signs when it comes to figuring out what is wrong with your tire(s). Please understand, that if you have a tire separation you need new tires as soon as possible. You are at risk of having a tire blow out.

Riding down the road you may experience a loud noise from your tires maybe even in the form of a rumbling noise. This rumbling noise probably comes from a lump or an out of shape tire due to tire separation. Your whole entire car may vibrate or shake because of these lumps or bumps.

When going down the road your steering wheel could have vibrations or shake because of tire separation. In a more extreme situation of tire separation your steering wheel could jerk left and right, your car may bounce or your car will ride like it’s going over a bunch of bumps.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should consider getting new tires for your safety. A tire with tire separation is not safe to ride on, your tire will be more prone to popping due to a broken belt in tire.

  • Loud noise coming from tires
  • Rumbling noise coming from tires
  • Tires have bumps on the tread
  • Tires have an odd shape to them
  • Car vibrations
  • Steering wheel vibrations
  • Car shakes
  • Steering wheel shakes high or low speeds
  • Steering wheel jerks back and forth
  • Car bounces 
  • Car rides like your going over a bunch of bumps at low or high speeds