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Old 04-01-2010, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Being in the construction industry for over 15yrs- I can attest to the validity of plugs. I've carried a kit for years and bought God only knows how many refills.
I've picked up nails, screws, sheetmetal, pieces of saw blade, even wood splinters. As soon as I would notice a low tire, or hear one leaking- I'd pull out my cutoff dykes and plug kit. The sooner the fix- the less air I lost. Usually not an issue- there would always be a framer, roofer, trim guy, or siding guy around with a compressor.
On one particular new tire purchase the sales guy came and got me- he wanted to show me one of the tires that came off my vehicle. It had nine plugs. The service mechanics were having a good laugh over that. I told them what I do for a living- I also told them I'm a tight-ass about time and money!
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:39 PM
 
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The second oddest thing I ever found in a tire I was repairing was a Craftsman 9/16 wrench. I guess they hit it just right because it went through the tread and made a pretty big hole.

The oddest thing was a flashlight . I guess when the tire was originally mounted at another shop, someone either screwed up big time or was playing a joke. Either way, the customer wasn't happy.
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Old 04-01-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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i'd choose removing tires from wheels as the last resort, so just plugs for me($6). removing tires tend to cause damage to the wheels finish. also tire balancing should come after mounting which is skipped 100% of the time in tire repair
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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also tire balancing should come after mounting which is skipped 100% of the time in tire repair
If they remounted it in the same place (usually by marking where the valve stem is), then the balance shouldn't be affected.

Keyword, of course, is "if".
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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also tire balancing should come after mounting which is skipped 100% of the time in tire repair

It isn't necessary. The guys mark the tire were the valve is. When the tire goes back on- just align mark and valve, done!
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:21 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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The oddest thing was a flashlight . I guess when the tire was originally mounted at another shop, someone either screwed up big time or was playing a joke. Either way, the customer wasn't happy.
??? The flashlight should have been reduced to sand if it was plastic...
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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??? The flashlight should have been reduced to sand if it was plastic...
One of those keychain Mag-Lites
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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One of those keychain Mag-Lites
Oh, haha. I bet if you threw a new bulb in there it would have worked fine. Mag-lites are tough.
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:46 AM
 
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I have a screw in my tire, about one inch from side wall but inside the tread area(about 2 treads). Treadquarters say I need a new tire. The tire is like new w/good treads. I don't want to spend 150 for a new tire! Help!
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The concept of the "patch" became obsolete, when tubeless tires were invented. A patch was required on an inner tube, because it did not have the structural integrity to hold a filler in a puncture,, so an air-tight sealer patch had to be secured over the hole. With the tubeless tire, all that was necessary was something pliable and tight that could fill the hole, and it was not necessary to gain access to the inner surface in order to effect that remedy. The last car I had with tube-type tires was a '66 Rover.

A tire in which the breach is so large that a gap-filler will not hold it, will probably not hold up with a sealed patch in place, either. Although I've ridden on buses in South America where the driver carried a few pieces of discarded tires, and just placed them inside a blown out tire covering the hole, reinflating them with internal air pressure holding them in place, to last until the end of the day.
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