Nail in my new tire
I got a flat tire caused by a nail(screw) in my new tire (approx 300miles driven) during the labor day weekend. It was late and in the middle of nowhere and the only place I found was a gas station who helped me plug the tire with a string plug. He told me it is a temporary fix until I could get to a tire shop to get a proper repair.
Next day I get to tire shop and they take the tire off and right away says unrepairable. They said something along the lines of reaming the screw hole to put in the plug in made the hole to big to be patched by the tire repair industry guidelines. He told me that the string plug could eventually cause a blowout and that I need a new tire. He said any reputable tire shop would tell me the same. Is he feeding me a line of baloney and just trying to sell me a new tire?
Or did the gas station ruin my new tire by plugging it and making it unrepairable?
It depends on its hole location as well. Near side wal area FORGET IT! Yeah lots of liability issues so a secondary shop fix doesn't want the risk.
I've been using plugs for twenty years with no problems. But like Porkchophill correctly stated, anything near a sidewall means it cannot and should not be repaired. Only replaced.
Try a local tire store as opposed to the franchise national stores like Tire Discounters.
I had a leaking tire on my Mustang and they "couldn't find the source" so I wanted to have an identical tire I had that only had 13,000 miles on it mounted on the wheel. It was on the same car before. They refused, because they said they don't know the history of the tire. I took it to a locally owned Goodyear, they found a screw in the tire in only a few minutes. They said they were also willing to mount my spare tire if it passed their inspection and the leaking tire wasn't fixable.
My son works at Discount Tire, They will not patch a tire that has been plugged. Its their company policy.
I had the rear tire on a 1988 Jeep Comanche plugged in 1990 and it was still holding air when I sold the truck in 2007
I had the same thing happen a while back. I took it to Discount Tire and they said it wasn't repairable so I took it to to Big O Tire that was about a 1/2 mile down the road and they fixed it without issue.
I was driving to Florida on a dive trip. While going through Atlanta some truck lost a plastic milk crate which started bouncing all over the lane in front of me. Jersey wall to my left and bumper to bumper in the lane to my right. Hit the crate. Looked in the rear view mirror and it was shattered in pieces all over the road behind me. I noticed the passenger side rear tire had developed a leak. This was after the first day of diving so I had some air left over in the tanks I used. Went to WalMart, bought a plug kit. Reamed out the hole, glued the plug string and plugged it. I had an adapter that worked with my scuba regulator so I could use one of my air tanks to fill my tire. I was diving a Nitrox (30% O2/70% Nitrogen) so for the next few years, I was probably the only person in the US or perhaps in the world, that was driving on a Nitrox filled tire.:)
The screw penetration was at the treads (pretty much center), not near the sidewall. And yes the tire place I brought it to was Americas Tires/Discount Tires. Dude told me that any reputable tire place that follows the industry guidelines for tire repair, will not patch my tire. I guess I will have to find a disreputable tire shop that doesnt follow guidelines for repair.
On another note, I have talked to some mechanics that have told me that they have used only plugs for repair and never had problems for decades. Lasted the life of the tire.
Yup every company is afraid of being sued, these days. I have used plugs since I started driving in 1977. I have never had a problem. And i have never had a tire patched.
I love Kal-tire and OK-Tire. They've been super helpful to me in the past. Even patching my tire for free. That's how you win customers.