I’m in Alberta Canada and have had the same set of winter tires since I bought the Santa Fe in Fall 2009 - Firestone UV WNS.
Last year when I got them put on for winter (I have only 1 set of rims) I had trouble getting an appointment and ended up going across town to an unfamiliar small garage. The young guy who did it said that one of the tires had a ‘bulge’. I asked is that a safety issue? He said ‘No, just something you should be aware of.’
I had no problems last year with the tires. Forgot to ask about it when I switched to all season’s in May, but now that its going below zero again I’m planning to put on winter tires and I’m wondering:
What might it mean that there is a bulge? (I store the tires on their tread along the wall of my garage.)
How long should winter tires reasonably last when driven less than 3500 kms (2175 miles) per winter 99% city winter driving?
I know I can go to a tire dealer but I worry that I might just be sold new tires when maybe I don’t need them? The tread on these looks quite good - definitely not balding.
Any advice appreciated!