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Old 09-16-2013, 08:37 AM
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Why can't a nail in the sidewall be repaired? I have to buy a new pair - this is a very expensvie nail.

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Old 09-16-2013, 08:40 AM
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Too much flex on the sidewalls. Any plug or patch will work loose.
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Originally Posted by Because Boat View Post
Too much flex on the sidewalls. Any plug or patch will work loose.
And then explode (blowout).

That nail looks close to 'the zone'; but I wouldn't take any chances.

Ever had a tire disintegrate at 70+ mph?

Replace it.


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Old 09-16-2013, 08:47 AM
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Dip a fat screw in some rubber cement and screw it in! Go for it, what could happen?

Really, the sidewall is the "soft" spot on a radial tire, bias ply tires have strong side walls and softer tread. Your life, your families life and the life of others on the highway are worth another $100. It sucks but needs to be done. And no you can't get away with putting a tube in it either.
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Originally Posted by fishie1 View Post
Why can't a nail in the sidewall be repaired? I have to buy a new pair - this is a very expensvie nail.


No plugging side walls - too much stress on them.

Think it through and ask yourself if you would trust a plug on the highest stress area at 70+ MPH with your family in the car?
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I don't know about a pair...that tire looks to be new enough that I would only buy one. It's about them being close to the same diameter,
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Originally Posted by 08087 View Post
And no you can't get away with putting a tube in it either.
Yes you can....I see it all the time on all kinds of tires.......now that all depends on how bad the damage is to the sidewall.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
Yes you can....I see it all the time on all kinds of tires.......now that all depends on how bad the damage is to the sidewall.
Well....most likely the vehicle has tire pressure sensors on it, and a tube would be out of the question. Just a guess here though.
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Originally Posted by NCcarguy View Post
Well....most likely the vehicle has tire pressure sensors on it, and a tube would be out of the question. Just a guess here though.

Correct.

Thnaks for everyone's input. I can't quite grasp how a nail gets into that part of the tire.
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