On Mon, 26 Dec 2005 19:40:25 -0500, Venture Rider wrote:
Go ahead then. Get it plugged. Drive fast and hard on it.
It beats the crap out of me why anyone would ask a question like this.
Don't you *want* to be confident that your tires are going to maintain
their integrity while you're speeding along and maybe hitting the
inevitable little pothole or two?
Sheesh. Get over it. Buy a new tire.
In both cases it was a roofing nail picked up in the main body of the
tread. Nothing in or near the sidewall. Discount Tire also doesn't use the
conventional "plug" method. Rather their procedure is a complete
dismount/breakdown and proper internal patch followed by remounting and
I did destroy a sidewall about 25 years ago on a Corvette. It was an OEM
tire and so not covered by any warranty. Therafter I've always opted for
the Road Hazard protection when buying new tires. A crap-shoot, sure and
you're unlikely to ever need it, like an extended warranty except
comparatively much cheaper and a small price to pay for the extra
protection and peace of mind.
Don't misunderstand. I do not believe in extended warranties on my cars.
Without exception they're all a bad investment, very expensive, most have
a per-incident deductible, most are rife with weasel clauses and your
chances of just breaking even with the policy's high up-front cost is
historically slim. There is also a huge profit margin in them for the
selling dealer, typically 50%.
Before we became loyal Discount Tire customers we went to Cobre Tire in
Phoenix. They patched and repatched a tire we had maybe four times before
they got the patch to stay on. Hmm. Discount Tire never had that problem
with any of the punctures we took there.
In the last year or so the local Discount Tire has plugged the holes, and I
can do that. I've plugged maybe a half dozen holes over the years, mostly in
the boondocks or early in the morning when I wanted to get to work, and
never had a problem.
On 12/26/05 6:59 PM, in article email@example.com,
This is silly. There is no risk to patching a tire with a screw in the
tread area. Especially one this new. It's dangerous if the puncture is in
the sidewall, but not an inch into the tread. You must be made of money.
I just came back from the Goodyear distributor where I bought my
tires. They put a plug in it. They said a little more to the outside
and it was a new tire. You have to be careful who you do business
with, I guess.
I barely have 5000km on that tire. It probably still has 75-80%
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