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Old 02-10-2019, 03:45 PM
 
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I'm talking about the tire plug kits now on the market. Some drivers say they are unsafe except for emergencies, while others swear you can drive on a plugged tire from now on. Anyone have any bad experiences with these? I can't see why a properly plugged wouldn't hold air for thousands of miles.
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:38 PM
 
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I'm talking about the tire plug kits now on the market. Some drivers say they are unsafe except for emergencies, while others swear you can drive on a plugged tire from now on. Anyone have any bad experiences with these? I can't see why a properly plugged wouldn't hold air for thousands of miles.
This article at https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret....jsp?techid=77 will explain why it is risky.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret....jsp?techid=77
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:43 PM
 
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"Anyone have any bad experiences with these?"
never. my Sienna's right front was plugged by me in 2016.
i have done it several times over the years with other cars/tires
and have had no problems.
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:48 PM
 
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I had a old Suburban that picked up a nail in the tire. At the time I was 18 and in between jobs, so I couldn't afford a new tire. I used a plug kit to repair it and it held up long enough for me to forget I had installed it, that includes numerous highway trips. These were standard truck tires, not speed rated or directional tires. It was a kit that came with a small tube of rubber cement, as well as the 'strings' and the install tool.

If the hole is too large, it won't work and you'll need to replace the tire or have it patched from the inside. Sidewall punctures should always be replaced.

What shouldn't be used is the Fix a flat stuff. It can throw your tires out of balance and the tire techs will hate you when you have it changed out.
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:48 PM
 
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If the tire is otherwise structurally-sound and properly plugged, I really don't see
it being a big risk.
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:53 PM
 
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It was a common fix when tubeless tires became the norm. I probably should add for those folks under 60 that tires had tubes in them 'way back when' !
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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You use to be able to plug glass belted tires steel belt can be plugged but recommend better to get it patched from the inside.
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:26 PM
 
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Exactly what you would expect from a company that sells mail-order NEW tires.


I've have been plugging tires longer than most of you have been alive. Never had one give me trouble. Follow instructions, don't short cut, and they will last the life of the tire. Check and visually inspect your tires every time you fill your gas tank.

At one point two years ago, 4 of the 5 vehicles in my driveway had plugs that were all over 10,000 miles, and one was over 30,000 miles. Vehicles that were plugged ranged from a Z06 to a full sized truck.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:41 PM
 
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Never had any issue but would only use it for temp fix until I could get it to tire place for the patch plug so I have peace of mind. I drive a little fast on the interstate sometimes...
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:51 PM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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I have 4 plugs in the tires of my Land Cruiser right now. All field repairs that I did very simply myself. Never had an issue after many thousands of miles.
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