Hole in my tire

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Old 11-22-05, 08:26 AM
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Hole in my tire

Last night while fulling the tank i noticed that I have a screw in my front driver's side tire. how can i fix this without buying a new tire. they are Bridgestone Potanza Z rated tires, and cost about $200, but mine only have about 6K miles.

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Old 11-22-05, 08:40 AM
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Two choices:

1 Go to a tire store or gas station that fixes tires, should run $10-20.

2 You can buy tire patching kits, I got mine at walmart. Just be sure to put rubber cement on the plug, or you might not get a seal with the tire. I think I paid $10 for my kit.

Some holes cannot be fixed and the tire must be replaced, but what you're describing sounds fixable, as long as the screw is not in the sidewall. Also, don't take the screw out until you're ready to fill the hole.
 
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Old 11-22-05, 12:03 PM
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J.M.C. covered it.

To add... once patched, tires lose their speed rating.
 
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Old 11-22-05, 03:32 PM
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Kestas,

OK, so the tire looses its speed rating, is it still safe to use at highway speeds? what is the practicle safe speed limit for a patched tire???
 
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Old 11-22-05, 04:37 PM
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I'm pretty sure the tire is still good for highway driving. The tire manufacturer has the last and official word on this issue.
 
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Old 11-23-05, 09:35 AM
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And, of course, as we are reading and posting here, there are probably a million cars on the road right now that have a plug in at least one tire.
 
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Old 11-23-05, 10:33 AM
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I have two cars, one has one plugged tire, the other has two. My wife's car has new tires and no flats yet, but the previous set had a plug in one tire.
 
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Old 11-24-05, 03:50 AM
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Sounds like "speed" is important to you, word of advice, plug ok-steering tire not ok- rotate tire to rear.
 
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Old 11-24-05, 09:16 AM
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whokares2,
speed isn't that important to me. Winter is here, and I don't dare drive fast on these snot slick PA streets. I just wanted to make sure that a plugged tire could handle highway speeds. where I live most drivers travel 70-75 mph on the highways.
 
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Old 11-24-05, 07:45 PM
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I occasionally drive as fast as 80 mph and have no problem with plugged tires.
 
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Old 11-25-05, 03:49 AM
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be safe

just to be safe put tire on the back so in case of a blow out very slim chance do not lose sleep over it it will be on back of car.
 
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