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Old 09-23-2013, 07:29 PM
 
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I have a tire that had a nail in it. It was fixed. Was not plugged from the outside. The guy took the tire off the rim and patched the "right" way. The nail was in a contact area not the sidewall.

Anyway, it has a very, very slow leak. It takes about 1-2 months for it to give me the low tire indicator on my dash. Even then, it is driveable, but you can see a slight low air bulge out. Also, it's on the front so that is heavier as I have a front wheel drive car. Maybe give me a more noticeable bulge out.

What do you think of putting in a can of fix a flat in it? The tires are about midway through their life and you still have treads and all that. Certainly not bald. Don't want go get a new tire or 2 new front tires.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:37 PM
 
Location: The Triad
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What do you think of putting in a can of fix a flat in it?
That stuff should be illegal.

fix the tire (again) or replace the pair
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:44 PM
 
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It might work, but the tire shop where you buy your next tires is going to be royally POd.
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:40 PM
 
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Nothing should be put in. All kinds of liquids that you pu tin, end up unbalancing tire beyond ability to be balanced again and eat rubber from the inside.
Go to any parts store and buy repair kit with plugs, glue, and 2 tools needed. Fix yourself some soapy water, jack that side, spray soap on, unti you see where the air leak is. Plug it and pump it up.
Buddy had ELEVEN plugs in one of his OFFROAD tires and they kept serving him well. I have plugged countless tires. Get dirty.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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If your tires have those low pressure sensors in them, the Fix a Flat may cause problems with them. All tires seem to lose a little air over a few months time, so maybe it isn't a leak. I have to top off the air pressure on all my cars every month or so as the pressure will drop about 5-10 pounds during that time.

I would just keep topping it off if I were you.

Don
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
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I agree with the above post. And don't put anything into it either.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Here
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If your tires have those low pressure sensors in them, the Fix a Flat may cause problems with them. All tires seem to lose a little air over a few months time, so maybe it isn't a leak. I have to top off the air pressure on all my cars every month or so as the pressure will drop about 5-10 pounds during that time.

I would just keep topping it off if I were you.

Don
Wrong. You have a leak as well.

Tire leaks are simple. It is either the tire, the rim, or the valve. It costs 20 or less to have it fixed, if it's fixable.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:02 PM
 
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Coolio, I am willing to bet that you likely have another thin finishing nail that was road debris in your tire.

(Extremely common: nails, screws, metal shanks are found anywhere near areas of commercial and residential construction-------also pickup trucks will have at least one or two nails or screws, etc in the pickup bed which will likely bounce around and vibrate until it gets closer to the tailgate......later when tailgate is opened they fall to the bumper or on to the ground....)

You need to properly PLUG the tire or patch it.
FIX A FLAT will cause your tire dealer/seller to charge you a surcharge/a pain in the butt fee for the additional work needed to change/install tires when you do need to buy new tires to replace your old ones.
It creates a huge mess and you will pay in additional labor/shop charges because you chose to use FIX A FLAT.

YOU DO NEED TO REPAIR THE TIRE IMMEDIATELY!
You are being a stupid dumbass if you simply plan to drive it and add air as needed, because you run the risk of having the tire deflate just enough to the point that the PSI level is low enough to cause that tire to heat up and have excessive wear and sidewall damage if you were to drive long enough at speed above 40mph.
Yes, your TPS will tell you the tire is low, but it won't give you a PSI reading of what it's current reading is while it is low and you are driving it before topping it off.
It is plain stupid and irresponsible to drive with a tire that won't hold air.
Murphy's law will come into play and you'll have it deflate faster than you expected at the worst possible moment.
It is not safe to continue to believe that everything will remain hunky dorky if you just add a little every few days.
When the weather gets cooler and the mornings and evenings get cooler, you'll see that more air will escape and the tire pressure will get more deflated because of your slow leak.
Don't be a dumbass!! Service stations will plug a tire in 10min while you wait for about $15. It only takes about three minutes total to plug it, and maybe a few minutes to find the nail/screw by spraying the tire with soapy water from a plant spray bottle and rotating the tire forward to see and check every inch of it. Sometimes they might remove the wheel and rotate the tire and wheel in a large water tub to look for bubbles which indicates leaking air.
It is also possible that a bent wheel causes a loss of air, but that isn't usually the normal case. Most likely it is a screw or finishing nail or roofing nail or metal shank...... Once they locate the nail, etc......they yank it out with pliers and then use the corkscrew T poke it thingy to install the rubber strips(plug) coated with a special rubber cement.
Plugs should be fine and pose no problems for a nail size puncture in a good condition tire with good tread that is not old. You should seriously consider replacing all tires no matter what condition the tire/thread is if the DOT production date codes indicate it is OLDER than 7 years OLD.
Why? Tread separation at speed can occur! You can only see the exterior of the tire. Rubber compounds age and harden and tires heat up. They also experience UV rays and sunlight exposure and exposure to cold temperatures.
Put it this way: If you own and drive any vehicle with a high center of gravity, such as an SUV or Pickup with higher ground clearance than say a Miata or Ford Focus......you do not want to experience a sudden blow out at Interstate Speed because if say you were changing lanes or passing a car or large truck, you could lose control and have a roll-over accident.
Remember the tire ad that went: "Because So Much Is Riding On Your Tires" you don't need that brand. any of the major brands make outstanding tires, the house brands for Sams/Costco/Sears/pep boys and others are outstanding too. They are all produced by one of the major tire makers.
Certainly some tires are better for longer tread life and speed rating and wet traction, but even the most basic new tires are great. A fresh inexpensive basic tire is superior to an aged expensive tire that might have almost zero miles on it. If the tire DOT code indicates it was manufactured in 2004, or older, you are riding on a time-bomb risking a severe blow out from tire age, even if the tire looks brand new. Any 9 year old tire is like a potential grenade.
Storage and non exposure to sunlight doesn't mean much, the rubber compound has hardened and aged no matter if you rented a climate controlled storage facility at NASA to try to preserve them.
TIRES are not terribly expensive as you should get about four years or so on a set of tires.

There is a widely seen ABC 20/20 News Report from about four years ago on the importance of "fresh" and not aged tires on vehicles.


You wouldn't drive with Bad Brakes, or Non Functioning Headlights, or Wipers not functioning...............Why in the world do you consider it smart to simply keep topping off your tire, in the hopes that it remains only the small constant leak. DON'T BE A CHEAPSKATE! REPAIR IT. A plug is a helluva lot better than continuing to TOP IT OFF.
You can buy a diy PLUG kit for about $2 from Harbour Freight.
Service stations will typically charge only about $15 to plug a tire as it is simple and quick.
They can also determine if the leak is from unlikely source such as old valve stem or bent rim........most likely it is a nail from road debris that you ran over while driving, and the nail/shank/screw is still embedded in the tire.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:03 AM
 
Location: NC
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ugh found a screw in my sidewall this morning... removed it, plugged it, but I think I will be picking up a new set of tires later.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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That stuff is garbage and expensive. go to a different place and get a patch
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