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I was lucky and just happened to see a screw stuck in my rear tyre. I sprayed a bit of soapy wooder on it and I can see a tiny stream of bubbles. It's a pretty slow leak, but it's leaking nonetheless. AND the screw is on what would be considered the shoulder of the tyre so getting someone to patch it would be difficult at best.

I've decided I'm just going to use a plug kit and plug it up, but I'm wondering how everyone else has dealt with tyre plugs. Do you usually replace them soon or keep it plugged till it's time for a new set of tyres?

I'm torn cos this set only has about 10k kms on them and they look brand new. My spare is still the factory destination. I've read that I shouldn't patch tyre damage on shoulders or side walls.

My options are plug it and go, plug it and buy two new tyres and put them on one axle and keep the plugged tyre as a spare, or try to get my existing tyre patched professionally.

What are your thoughts?

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I was lucky and just happened to see a screw stuck in my rear tyre. I sprayed a bit of soapy wooder on it and I can see a tiny stream of bubbles. It's a pretty slow leak, but it's leaking nonetheless. AND the screw is on what would be considered the shoulder of the tyre so getting someone to patch it would be difficult at best.

I've decided I'm just going to use a plug kit and plug it up, but I'm wondering how everyone else has dealt with tyre plugs. Do you usually replace them soon or keep it plugged till it's time for a new set of tyres?

I'm torn cos this set only has about 10k kms on them and they look brand new. My spare is still the factory destination. I've read that I shouldn't patch tyre damage on shoulders or side walls.

My options are plug it and go, plug it and buy two new tyres and put them on one axle and keep the plugged tyre as a spare, or try to get my existing tyre patched professionally.

What are your thoughts?

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Take it to the tire shop and have them patch it on the inside. It will be good as new. Plugs just for emergencies. Shop might charge $15 or something. My tire shop does it for free when you buy the tires from them...馃槑
 

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I think the plug is worth a try. Either it works, or it doesn't, and you are only out $4.99 for the plug kit and 15 minutes of your time.

If the plug takes, then you're set. Every once in a while a plug doesn't take hold well due to how the nail or screw went in, or due to improper installation, but in my experience most of the time they take and work as a permanent fix. I pulled a nail and put a plug in one of my tires on my Jeep last year. Driven 10,000+ miles since then.. interstate road trips, trails, snow, towing, etc and everything is perfect. That tire doesn't leak so much as a smidge of air, I have zero problems with it. I plugged at least two tires on my previous car and those were permanent fixes that never gave issue either.

If you try a plug and it doesn't take, the tire shop can still do the internal patch for you. Provided you use the reaming tool properly and use the included rubber cement on the plug chances are good you'll have no issues with the plug route.
 

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I think the plug is worth a try. Either it works, or it doesn't, and you are only out $4.99 for the plug kit and 15 minutes of your time.

If the plug takes, then you're set. Every once in a while a plug doesn't take hold well due to how the nail or screw went in, or due to improper installation, but in my experience most of the time they take and work as a permanent fix. I pulled a nail and put a plug in one of my tires on my Jeep last year. Driven 10,000+ miles since then.. interstate road trips, trails, snow, towing, etc and everything is perfect. That tire doesn't leak so much as a smidge of air, I have zero problems with it. I plugged at least two tires on my previous car and those were permanent fixes that never gave issue either.

If you try a plug and it doesn't take, the tire shop can still do the internal patch for you. Provided you use the reaming tool properly and use the included rubber cement on the plug chances are good you'll have no issues with the plug route.
Why make the hole bigger for the plug, when you can get it fixed RIGHT at your friendly neighborhood tire shop???馃槑
 

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isn't their a technique called plug & patch where you use some combination of filling the hole w/ some rubber galvanizing product plus a patch on the inside?

excerpt: "4. From the inside out, pull a rubber stem through the puncture area sealing off the inside of the tire"

the preowned tires that I buy sometimes have professional repairs like this & they never seem to have any problems
 

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So here's the thing, I'm not opposed to getting it patched and plugged professionally. But the screw is on the shoulder of the tyre, so I predict most shops will recommend getting a new one.

Is there anyone here who's has a puncture on the shoulder of their tyre, plugged it, and been just fine or would you buy a new pair of tyres and relegate the plugged one as a spare?
 

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It's "iffy" that the screw is in the shoulder unrepairable area. It looks too close for me to call, but a tire shop would know in a heartbeat. Or at least they can confirm by dismounting the tire and having a look inside.

I would not use an "unrepairable" tire even as a spare, but that's just my opinon. I'm not sure you would need two either - depends on the tire wear. Depending on what website you look at, 4/32" is about the limit. With only 10km I wouldn't expect that much wear unless you are unusually rough on your tires!
 

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Take it to the tire shop and have them patch it on the inside. It will be good as new. Plugs just for emergencies. Shop might charge $15 or something. My tire shop does it for free when you buy the tires from them...馃槑
Most tire shops near me won't touch that due to liability issues (I had a nail in like the same spot before). They won't patch or fix anything on the side of a tire or the outer tread. I just plugged it myself on my last vehicle.
 
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So here's the thing, I'm not opposed to getting it patched and plugged professionally. But the screw is on the shoulder of the tyre, so I predict most shops will recommend getting a new one.
Correct, most shops won't repair it when the screw is to close to the sidewall. If you can find a shop that will do it I'd give it a try but if not, self-repair is always an option. I've never tried it myself so have opinion on longevity.
 

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Is there anyone here who's has a puncture on the shoulder of their tyre, plugged it, and been just fine
yes. it was like yours, on the flat part of the tire, not actually at an angle coming out of the shoulder. a guy did it at a gas station & he didn't even need to jack up the car. pulled up, did it, & I drove away $10. not recently, but yeah, one time
 

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Why make the hole bigger for the plug, when you can get it fixed RIGHT at your friendly neighborhood tire shop???馃槑
Technically that's in the unrepairable area.. so any quality tire shop wouldnt patch it.

I've string plugged plenty of tires and had them last for years.. although its not considered a permanent repair.
only a plug-patch is.. you have to seal the tread as well as the inside of the tire.

99% of the time a quality string plug works with no issues, avoid off brand and buy safety seal for best results.

unless you are using a plug-patch imo just a patch or just a plug.. same not "proper" repair.

Also a patch in that outer tread block location may suffer from sidewall flexing and not hold.

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I had a screw through a tyre on my Camaro in about the same spot and I plugged it with my handy-dandy WallyMart plug kit. It was still good over 30,000 miles later when I replaced the tyres. I would do it again without hesitation, but (of course) your results may vary.
 

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Also a patch in that outer tread block location may suffer from sidewall flexing and not hold.
I agree, a plug would probably be better in that area than an internal patch.

I've string plugged plenty of tires and had them last for years.. although its not considered a permanent repair.
only a plug-patch is.. you have to seal the tread as well as the inside of the tire.
Many people saying it, but never seeing any evidence or reasoning to back it up. Never once heard a story from anyone saying "gosh, I had almost forgot about that plug I put in on the side of the road 3 years ago and it suddenly let loose". Just not a thing that actually happens. Either the plug takes, and never gives trouble again, or it doesn't work right from the get-go and you have to do something different like get a new tire. Never, ever heard of a tire failure caused by a plug. If it doesn't seal then it simply leaks and you have to get an internal patch or replace the tire. They don't come spitting out randomly days or years down the road.

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Do what you want, but I prefer vulcanized patches, and where his puncture is, would be perfectly safe, and effective on his pretty damn new looking KO2. That must be one hell of a long screw!!!馃槑
 

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Do what you want, but I prefer vulcanized patches, and where his puncture is, would be perfectly safe, and effective on his pretty damn new looking KO2. That must be one hell of a long screw!!!馃槑
Thats not possible to know until you dismount the tire as you dont know the angle the screw went in at.

I'm not trying to say plugs are good and patches are bad.

plugs are easy and patches arent perfect.
 

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My wife has a "magnetic personality" and has gotten about 4-5 screws/nails in the tire treads on her 2015 Limited with 18" rims over the years. Every single time I've put a plug into the hole, pumped the tire up with air, and waited a few days to check for leaks. No problems yet.
 

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My wife has a "magnetic personality" and has gotten about 4-5 screws/nails in the tire treads on her 2015 Limited with 18" rims over the years. Every single time I've put a plug into the hole, pumped the tire up with air, and waited a few days to check for leaks. No problems yet.
LOL!!! I think you need one of these!!! A big magnet!!!馃槈
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