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Nail in tire...repairable or not?

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Old 10-20-2009, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Nail in tire...repairable or not?

So I've had these tires for less than a month now. I've got a nail in my front drivers side tire. I've gone to several shops and none will patch it because they consider that to be the sidewall..?

I don't have money for a new tire right now seeing as I just forked over some cash for some new fronts and an alignment. Are plugs really that terrible? Slime?

What are my options aside from getting a new tire?
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:04 PM   #2
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might try BigBrand tires. theyll even do it for free
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:06 PM   #3
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I've been running a plug in one of my tires for about 15,000 miles without any problems and I'm not necessarily easy on tires. At one time plugs were all that were used on tubeless tires. I've heard that the problem with plugs is that if they are installed incorrectly they can come out but I have never had that happen. If it were me I'd plug it and use it.
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:48 PM   #4
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How do you incorrectly put in a plug? Pretty much ream it out a little with the tool that comes in the kit, double over some of the plug material and jam it in there right? This is probably what I'm going to have to resort to so I'm just making sure I'm not missing anything.
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:50 PM   #5
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Just plug it. I use to work for I tire shop and they only did patches because plugs could ruin the steel cords pushing them through. Now there saying patches are bad because they let the moisture into the tire and rust the steel cords. Either way i guess your screwed. Throw a plug in it and run it for another 30k.
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:52 PM   #6
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A plug and a patch are two different things. You have to take the tire off to put a patch on the hole that goes on the inside and is probably why a shop won't do it because it may not conform to the inside to seal it because it is too close to the side wall, a plug goes through the tire to the inside.

You don't have to take a tire off to plug it so just plug it and be done with it. If a shop won't do it, plug it your self.
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I have a patch plug covered by a 2nd patch on my DRs... Drove on them till cords were showin and all was good, plenty of track runs too
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you cannot patch that hole, it is too close to the sidewall. However, A plug that you can buy from auto-zone should do the trick (at least you could use it as a band aid to replace the tire)


im not sure if you will be able to find a shop to "plug" the tire, they usually will only "patch" or "replace." That way they have a better chance of selling you a new tire if the "cannot" patch it due to the sidewall issue.
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I've plugged several of my friends tires in the past, but Eagle2000GT's post made me want to double check my procedure. I've only ever done it to small sedans, nothing that would ever go to the track or see any high speeds that's why I was cautious plugging a hole on my car.

Thanks for the help everyone.
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How do you incorrectly put in a plug?
Not getting enough glue on the plug is one way. I use lots of glue. I was also taught many, many years ago to light the excess glue and let it burn for a couple of seconds. I don't know if it actually makes a stronger bond or not but it can't hurt. The plug I'm running now is in an ultra high performance all-season tire. I like to play a little on the back roads and it has held up to everything I've thrown at it including burn-outs.
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Not getting enough glue on the plug is one way. I use lots of glue. I was also taught many, many years ago to light the excess glue and let it burn for a couple of seconds. I don't know if it actually makes a stronger bond or not but it can't hurt. The plug I'm running now is in an ultra high performance all-season tire. I like to play a little on the back roads and it has held up to everything I've thrown at it including burn-outs.
Excellent, thanks for the info man. I'll throw a plug in it this weekend.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:52 PM   #12
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+1 on burning the sealing compound. thats what i did on my front tire. i had a wood screw in it so i plugged it. been running on the plug for 500 miles so far no probs
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:57 PM   #13
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Take it to Discount Tire if there is one close to you. They will fix it for free. They use a solid rubber plug through the hole, a rubber patch on the inside with rubber sealer over that. That is the right way to do it, rope plugs will create a tread seperation leading to a blow out.
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:23 PM   #14
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Man plug that thing. Plugs are not the best thing in the world but they work. I had one in a tire and went 140+ mph. Not the smartest thing I have done, but they work ...
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Guys... Seriously. This is like wrong info city.
There is a reason that no shop will plug your tire if the hole is in the sidewall. Plugs do not hold themselves in a tire. Plugs are held in the tire by the cords, not by the glue or the plugs themselves. Without cords, ie in the sidewall of the tire there is nothing to hold the plug in place. Regardless of the fact that some of you may have used a plug before and it worked, it's still extremely dangerous to use a plug in a sidewall.
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:38 PM   #16
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I recently had a nail in my tire, pretty close to the sidewall also. I still have the BFG's on my car. The Dealer took it off, patched it, and it is fine. They said since the sidewall is so stiff, it would be fine, and they were right. I have driven it hard since the patch job, and I'm happy to report it is holding well. Good luck!
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Hopefully he has the same luck, I've seen sidewall plugs fail and I would never dare use one on my personal vehicle. Best of Luck.
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Just plug your tire and forget it, do not slime it though b/c it can throw it off balance with that goop inside your tire, not to mention a mess when installing a new set of tires later on down the road
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Dear god, no.. Listen to 96stang. Don't ever use that slime crap. You'll be needing a new tire.
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Guys... Seriously. This is like wrong info city.
There is a reason that no shop will plug your tire if the hole is in the sidewall. Plugs do not hold themselves in a tire. Plugs are held in the tire by the cords, not by the glue or the plugs themselves. Without cords, ie in the sidewall of the tire there is nothing to hold the plug in place. Regardless of the fact that some of you may have used a plug before and it worked, it's still extremely dangerous to use a plug in a sidewall.
I agree that you do not plug a side wall. But as I understood the problem the hole was in the tread a little too close to the side wall for a patch to hold.
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