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Old 06-12-2012, 01:24 AM
 
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Should I push the headless screw into the tire and use a plug, leaving the screw in the tire, or take the tire off the rim and take the screw out before doing a tire repair?
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:02 AM
 
Location: The cupboard under the sink
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Leave it where is is and drive it to a professional repair shop.

Hard to say without seeing it, but I think I'd be thinking about one of the tyre plugs.
Depends how much tread is left, and how close to the sidewall the screw is.

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Old 06-12-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: What use to be the South
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Most of the time you can dig and grab it with side cutters, (wire cutters, dikes).
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: La Jolla, CA
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I've dug them out before. I wouldn't push it into the tire.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, Calif
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Take it to a tire shop and get it patched. Plugs are for gas stations, get it patched..! Spend a couple of bucks and do it correctly. There will be human lives riding in your car...
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I think it costs about $15 to get it patched. However check your paperwork. Ofent you buy a warranty that covers this type of damage for about $5 and then forget you have it.
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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Many chains will patch for free. I know Discount does REGARDLESS of where you bought the tire. Sears might.

Mike
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Dig it out with needle nose pliers before you plug it. If you can't get it, bring it somewhere to be patched.

Don't push it inside. That could eventually cause other problems.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:07 PM
 
Location: canada
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get the nail out with a needle nose pliers and get it patched,your loved ones will be in your car riding with you,spend that money and you wont regret it if anything should happen down the road in the near fututre..
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Should I push the headless screw into the tire and use a plug, leaving the screw in the tire, or take the tire off the rim and take the screw out before doing a tire repair?
According to Tire Rack's website, the only proper repair involves taking the tire off the rim, and installing the type of plug in bobman's picture. If you don't have the interior patch, air can get between the layers of the tire's structure, if you don't fill the hole, water can get to the steel belts, with predictable results.

That said, if the tire is nearing end of it's service life, you live in a dry climate, and only experienced drivers with good arm strength drive the car on roads with light traffic - it might be acceptable to just push the screw in or better pull it out, and use a "string" repair.
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