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Old 02-01-2010, 11:41 AM   #1
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Nail in tire near sidewall (w/pix); repair or nonrepairable?

There are two nails punctured in the tire. One is closer to the sidewall as you can see in the pix. The shop refused to fix it due to "morality" issues.

If I were to get this repaired, what are the chances that this tire would blow out? Is this damage severe to the point that I shouldn't chance it? Thank you for any feedback!
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:45 AM   #2
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Not repairable!!!
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:50 AM   #3
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Don't risk it. If a shop said no, then they said no to getting your money for a very good reason
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:54 AM   #4
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Non-repairable. And kudos to them for not repairing it. I don't think you should be worried about a blow out but a patch job would not hold up due to the constant flexing the tire sees every time it comes in contact with the ground.
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:22 PM   #5
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Non-repairable. And kudos to them for not repairing it. I don't think you should be worried about a blow out but a patch job would not hold up due to the constant flexing the tire sees every time it comes in contact with the ground.
What about an interior patch...not a plug?
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:29 PM   #6
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dude, that stuff is repairable. they are trying to make money off yiou
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:31 PM   #7
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mmm you might be able to repair that. Ive had it done once. Go to sears. 25 dollars to repair from the inside.
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:35 PM   #8
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Last thing you wanna do is that tire blow on you going 75 on highway
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:35 PM   #9
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My dad has a tire shot and that would be a pretty simple drill + plug + tireepoxy, as for safety it's as good as it were before

Worst case scenario you could tube it.
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What about an interior patch...not a plug?
That's what I'm talking about, an interior patch. I would never plug a tire on my car unless it was just to drive it to get a new tire.

I had a screw in about the same place as you. I tried and tried to get Discount Tire to repair it but no dice. And it wasn't because they were trying to make money as another member has stated above. My tires were insured under a road hazard warranty so the cost to replace would be coming out of their pocket. The reason I wanted it repaired in lieu of replacement is because my tire was on national backorder and they had no idea when it would be available. So the only options were to repair it or replace it with a different tire, which I didn't want to do.
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Old 02-01-2010, 02:00 PM   #11
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Not sure where you took it but take that to All American Tire. They will repair it for free if possible. They did for me anyways, even tho I didn't purchase the tire from them.
I had a similar case and they actually called the head guy to see if it was repairable.
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I don't see a problem with doing patch from the inside in this case.
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No patch! Plug and epoxy will work!

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Old 02-01-2010, 03:34 PM   #15
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One of those nails looks like it's pretty close to the sidewall. Could be why they didn't want to take a chance on repairing it, as any damage to the sidewall could potentially cause the tire to fail, resulting in possible injury to you and liability on their part.
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I was about to search high and low for a shop that'd be willing to repair it. But just to be safe, I decided to drop the funds and get a new tire. Thanks for the feedback. Hopefully this thread will come in handy to others in the future.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:09 PM   #17
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Just repaired mine about 4 months ago...same place on the tire.
no issues as of right now
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My dad has a tire shot and that would be a pretty simple drill + plug + tireepoxy, as for safety it's as good as it were before

Worst case scenario you could tube it.
You CANNOT tube the tire AT ALL!!! Radial car tires cannot have a tube in them at anytime. And anyone that is saying that this tire can safely be fixed is simply wrong as it is too close to the sidewall.
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you cannot tube the tire at all!!! Radial car tires cannot have a tube in them at anytime. And anyone that is saying that this tire can safely be fixed is simply wrong as it is too close to the sidewall.
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You CANNOT tube the tire AT ALL!!! Radial car tires cannot have a tube in them at anytime. And anyone that is saying that this tire can safely be fixed is simply wrong as it is too close to the sidewall.
Wrong, radial tires can be tubed , i've seen several (though they've been like 185/75-15) and that's not to close to the sidewall , the area that needs to be treated is so small that the puncture would have to be on the "curve" of the sidewall for it to be un-reparable.
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