Rock under a tire


#1

If I inadvertently park my car on a rock so that the rock is underneath one tire, will I do any damage to the tire? Will the rock cut through or make a dent in the tire? Thank you. abxxx


#2

No and No. The resting deflection on a tire is of little concern compared to that on impact while driving. Unless the rock has a sharp edge on it, not to worry.


#3

How big is the rock we’re talking about?


#4

It is hard to see the rock because the tire covers most of the rock. abxxx


#5

You’re worried about parking on a pebble? :wink:

Don’t. You’re fine.


#6

I doubt it will harm the tire, but I wouldn’t make a practice of it.


#7

The forces that a tire has to withstand without damage when hitting a rock at speed are exponentially larger than the forces it has to withstand when parked on a rock. There is absolutely no way this will damage the tire.

If you get the chance, try cutting through a tire tread with a razor utility knife sometime. You’ll be amazed at how hard it really is to cut a tire. I tried it once and gave up in fear of accidentally slicing off a finger.


#8

I did it for 13-1/2 years. I had a peastone driveway.