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Are rocks caught in tire tread bad?

Asked by squirrelfreak (113points) January 24th, 2012

I just noticed quite a few small rocks caught in my tire tread. Can they cause a lot of damage? How would I be able to remove them?

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marinelife's avatar

Just let them go. They won’t cause any problems.

RocketGuy's avatar

Rocks in tires annoy me. I use a key to pick them out.

mrrich724's avatar

I’d pick it out if it looked lodged in enough not to fall out on its own.

WestRiverrat's avatar

They won’t hurt the tire, but it usually does not hurt to pick them out.

FutureMemory's avatar

I find them to be extremely annoying and always pick them out when I notice them on cars of friends or family (I don’t drive). They won’t do any harm though. You’d be lucky to inspect all 4 tires at any given time and NOT find at least a few pebbles stuck in the tread.

EverRose11's avatar

Doubtful, let them go they will work themselves out eventually.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Think about this. Your car probably weighs 2500 to 3000 pounds. It’s supported by four tires.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It’s simple. Your tire handles 750 pounds. Why would a liitle stone bother it?

WestRiverrat's avatar

You should start to worry when your tires no longer have enough tread to hold a pebble or two.

FutureMemory's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Stones are made of rock, while tires are made of rubber. Need I say more??

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@FutureMemory This has never occurred in the history of the automobile, so you must be correct.

mrrich724's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe actually it has happened. That’s just one example. I’ve seen it happen.

Also, the tire handles 750+ lbs over the entire surface contacting the road. A rock can focus lots of pressure on ONE point, and that one point as @FutureMemory stated, is rubber vs. rock.

FutureMemory's avatar

@mrrich724 Actually I was just being silly, but thanks, I guess? Hah.

mrrich724's avatar

LOL, Oh. My B. . .

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