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Old 02-11-2020, 06:18 PM   #1
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Nail in tire....Side wall?


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My wife noticed an issue on her rear driver tire.....pressure was very low (sensor showing 14psi)
She took her car to the closest tire repair center which was a Walmart
They said it was a nail, but not repairable because on the sidewall....So I thought it was a nail into the flange
When I came back home, I took a look and saw the nail....is this really not repairable (nail is visible on the right side of the tire)?
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:29 PM   #2
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Although I have almost never been in a Walmart, twice I think, I have heard a number of people speak favorably of them, particularly in regard to tires. And sidewalls can be unforgiving on radials, but that doesn't look like a side wall to me. So I understand pricing, as well as loyalty, but unless I was ready to buy a new pair or set anyway I would stop by a Discount, Belle, or whatever you have and get a second opinion. Not that tires are anything I would gamble with, so I wouldn't be looking for the guy doing it in a back alley, but would want to see what a second legitimate party had to say before biting the bullet on a new one.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:44 PM   #3
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I'll not be the judge.


https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret...jsp?techid=187
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:46 PM   #4
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My wife noticed an issue on her rear driver tire.....pressure was very low (sensor showing 14psi)
She took her car to the closest tire repair center which was a Walmart
They said it was a nail, but not repairable because on the sidewall....So I thought it was a nail into the flange
When I came back home, I took a look and saw the nail....is this really not repairable (nail is visible on the right side of the tire)?
Ayuh,..... Go to a real Tire Shop,.....

That nail is clearly within the tread,......

Over the corner is the sidewall,......

Have 'em break the tire down, 'n do a patch repair on it, then remount, 'n balance if necessary,....
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:48 PM   #5
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Yank it out and put a plug in it.
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Old 02-11-2020, 07:04 PM   #6
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Should I go to a shop that does tire repairs all day long such as Belle Tire, or go to my dealership (Chrysler)?
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I have also heard that nail in the sidewall should not be repaired. It's just that, to me, a non expert, that nail does not look to be in the sidewall.

I would say its worth the trouble to get a second opinion.
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Yank it out and put a plug in it.
I agree, that's what I would do. Or to be more accurate what I would have done. Shouldn't even have to take the tire off the car.
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Old 02-11-2020, 10:03 PM   #10
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Until just recently (when the hole was too large for a plug), I was like 15-0 in fixing tires with plugs. 15-1 ain't bad though.
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:15 AM   #11
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A pan head sheet metal screw works as a excellent plug until you get your SS check next month. She stays right there at 70 on the pike. If a guy forgets and the head wears off the tire shop has no problem getting it out when they remove the tire to fix it the traditional way.
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Sure looks to me like it can be plugged or use a vulcanized patch on the inside [better]
Yrs ago I had a side wall puncture on a fairly new large 4x4 tire. I had a tube put in it so I could continue to use that tire.
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It's repairable.
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ET525K...ing=UTF8&psc=1

Isn't the best kit, you can find a decent "pro" kit for $20, but that's all they typically use to fix the tire in a shop. Only thing you lose is the warranty or whatever on the patch work if it fails. Husband patches nails and screws all the time due to 100 mile a day commute through housing construction zones and we've never had a single patch fail in 20-some years.
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Old 02-12-2020, 04:47 PM   #15
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Your pic shows the entry point of the nail and if it went straight I agree it should be repairable.


Did you verify that the tip did not exit in the real sidewall?
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