Wires visible on sidewall of nexen radian ht tires
by Ernie Lein
These tires are on my daughters Nissan Xterra, they have 6/32 of tread but I am seeing little silver wires coming through the sidewalls. Is this common? Any solutions or recalls? Any idea what causes this?
The silver wires you see are part of the steel bands which are built in to most tires these days.
The fact that they are visible is most disturbing and you should have the tires inspected by a reliable tire dealer ASAP. You didn't state whether the wires are sticking out like whiskers or are simply visible but not broken. In either case it is not good, but if they are broken it is even worse.
This is not a "normal" condition and has probably been caused by either running the tires without sufficient air pressure, or perhaps the sidewall has been subjected to some kind of impact.
I doubt this is the result of some kind of factory defect unless they are almost new but even if this is the case, if you see the same thing on all tires I'd be more likely to think that the defect is a result of improper inflation or an accident suffered during use.
Please note that running a tire without a sufficient amount of air can damage the tire permanently in a very short distance, depending on the speed which is driven. Low air pressure causes a tire to heat up quickly and this heat is what destroys the rubber compounds.
Please get this vehicle to a tire shop as soon as you can.