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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-17-2001, 04:51 PM
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Question About Punctured Tire

The other day I drove home from work, went in the house for about 20 minutes and when I walked back outside I noticed that my rear passenger side tire was seriously low on air. Upon closer inspection I noticed that I had run over a titanium drill bit[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img] with my brand new BFG MTs. I had just enough air to drive across town to a tire shop. These guys deal mostly with 18 wheelers. I'm assuming that a tire plug job on an 18 wheeler is going to be alot more durable than one for a passenger car. Whatta you guys/gals think: Am I going to be OK or should I just use this as a spare and buy a new tire? I'm concerned about when it's time to rotate this sucker up to the front.

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I dunno. I'm concerned about the 36 TSL that <font color=green>Shawn</font color=green> chopped up before he sold it to me. If it ever blows I'll need to but another 240 dollar tire! Ouch! I doubt if I'd use it as a spare. I once used a chopped tire for a spare, I blew the original, put on the spare, blew the spare, and then was screwed. Hmmmmmm. I say get a new one. Or gradually assimalate swapmers in their place.

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My buggy has 31" yokohamas on it... I've had it for about 8 years now and one of the tires has had a plug in it ever since I got it. Never had a problem ... I flat tow it about 600+ miles a year. Probably not a fair comparison, but that's my experience. I think it depends on who's doin the pluggin'[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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That's good to hear sheweeler. And that's what I thought, you know, "who's doin' the pluggin" cause these guys usually plug tires on big rigs. I'm thinkin' it should hold up on my 1/2 ton.

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This happened to me, and the plug has worked perfectly ever since. It's been a while. I wouldn't worry about it at all.

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I worked at sears auto center for a while and pluged a lot of tires. there should be nothing to worry about with the plug.

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jim - have confidence in the plug, they are no problem. i worked at a tire shop in high school and plugged tons of tires and never had one come back. we have several plugs in the tires on our 5 vehicles in the household and havent had any problems (we plug them ourselves - kit is $5 at discount auto and comes with 6 plugs i think)

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I don't like tire plugs myself, so i bought insurance for my tires when i bought them new. If i ever have a flat thats unrepairable, i just pay $20 for a new tire. I wouldnt trust the plug just because the people who do it work on 18 wheelers, my dad has his own truck (18wheeler) and he's never run a tire with a plug in it. Its just not worth it and theres too much to risk if that plug happens to blow on a tire loaded at 80K pounds. If I were you I'd just buy a new tire, and use the old one as a spare, but of course thats just my opinion. Good Luck!

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I have the wal-mart plug kit and used it twice now. No problems with about 20k on it. If you are that worried go to a regular tire shop and ask for a patch. Most shops here in wont even use plugs anymore just patches. The catch is they cost $20 because the tire is dismounted then the hole is ground from the inside about 5" diameter then a vulcanising<sp> glue is put on then the patch and remounted. A plug is $5 and just shot in.


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<font face="Comic Sans MS">If I were you, I'd go with a combination of a plug *and* a patch on the inside. That way if the plug ever works out of there (if you air it down to go 'wheelin' it might since the tire will flex a lot more than on the highway), you don't lose your air, since the patch from inside still holds it... Just my opinion... I just sort of like to over do things sometimes just to play it safe...</font>

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