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Old 05-21-2007, 05:26 PM   #1
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Default Nail in tire - too close to edge for repair?

Nail in tire - too close to edge for repair?
Got a nail in my 245/40 R18 Conti Pro Contact tire almost exactly 1 " from the edge. I measure the width of the tire as ~9.25" and the nail is about 3.75 from center. (obviously "edge" is a bit rounded.)
I have received conflicting advice on being able to repair (plug) the hole. Anybody have any experience as to the minimum distance from the edge to put an effective and safe plug in the tire?
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Default An inch is probably too close for a heavy car capable of some serious handling. BTW, I would

suggest a patch before a plug, for any number of reasons you can find online. But even then, it may be too close to the sidewall to help. Depends on the tire and the shape of the sidewall profile.
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Default I would guess that he does not use even 50% of the tire's load.

Most people just don't drive like you April ;-)
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Default How many miles on the tire?

If you have more than 20K I would look to replace, otherwise you might be able to just plug it.
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Default Agree w/ April. BTW, most tire shops won't use a plug to repair a flat, only a patch on the inside.

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Default Re: How many miles on the tire - 12k miles - ?

There are 12k miles on the tire and I was thinking of using it as a spare after repair. Sorry but i did not distinguish between an inside patch and a plug. I would expect the tire repair facility would select the better option.
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Default Tire places often like the plug becuase they don't need to remove the wheel, and then the tire

to patch it from the inside. A plug shouldn't be more than $5 to $10 max. A patch is usually $20 to $25.

If you go with the plug route, make sure it's the self-vulcanizing type that uses the heat naturally generated by a rolling tire to melt into the tire.

The problem comes from a hole near the sidewall which is constantly flexing. That flexing could cause either plug or patch to work loose.
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