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Tires peeling. Dangerous to drive?

Experienced peeling on the passenger side front tires. Had the tires for about 1 year, close to 40k. Tread is still good.

Went to the mechanic and he told me that my tires can explode any time and recommended me to change the tires with him... not sure if the mechanic is truthful in his diagnosis as he isn't my usual doctor.

Any advise?

Appreciate some help. Thanks.

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Hate to say it you Mech is right. That Tyre is gone. At 100 kmh that tyre can kill you take you Fenders off you Slk you could loose control over your Slk flip over and die. Slk Tyres are not cheap in Europe/ Asia but the way that tyre looks you are playing with your Life. If the tyres are on the rear you might just run a Flat but if them Tyres are on the Front make shure you Mother in Lawn/ Inlaws are behind the wheel.
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If I was you I would change those tyres NOW they are either bad remoulds or very bad manufactured tyres and as said above could kill you or someone else
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First observation is that the tyres appear (to me) to have been run under inflated, they look very worn on the shoulders. The peeling isn't good news either, the tyre could delaminate at speed which ain't pretty.

Secondly, if you've had 40k out of them, then they are likely to be pretty well done. What is the overall tread-depth across the tyre? Less than 3mm and they will rubbish in the rain.

Finally, if your mechanic has told you they need changing, then on the basis that you trust him to work on/look at your car in the first place why not trust his advice when he gives it?
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To me it looks like the tire is rubbing somewhere and it is slicing the outer edge of tire.
Check the connection area between the bumper cover and the fender.


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PD or GJ may be right, but the "peeling" isn't uniform. Have you contacted Continental about this? That might be a good thing to do.

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To be safe get a new set of tires. You mean you only have this tires for about a year and you have put almost 40K. Man! where have you been?
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I agree with PropDr's assessment. Has the vehicle undergone some suspension change? i.e., lowering? Aftermarket wheels and spacers?

I would check on this AND a new set of tires on the affected axle. Your life and the lives of others depends upon the safe operation of the SLK. Be safe first.

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Thanks guys, didn't know it was a serious problem until now. Most of the time, I would seek recommendations from this forum before proceeding.

This was a 2nd hand car, so am not sure if it had been lowered. But yes, it had been ran uninflated before as there was severe pressure leaking on the back passenger tire causing a loopside balancing. I couldn't get a tow and had to drive to a nearby workshop to patch those tires some 5-6km away.

Glad there's a slkworld.com, will change the tires asap. Thank you all.
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This was a 2nd hand car, so am not sure if it had been lowered. But yes, it had been ran uninflated before as there was severe pressure leaking on the back passenger tire causing a loopside balancing. I couldn't get a tow and had to drive to a nearby workshop to patch those tires some 5-6km away.
Once a fully deflated tire has been used on the road with the wheel/rims and vehicle weight, the integrity of the sidewall has been compromised and can fail anytime (talk about a blow-out).

Mate did this once, did not realize one of the tires on the Honda Odyssey was badly deflated (said it drove fine until another driver alerted her). The tire shop flatly says it is unsafe to use and said any repair is out of the question.

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