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Old 05-15-2015, 02:02 PM   #1
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I just plugged a tire, and I'm worried it's too close to the sidewall. Am I going to die?

I plugged a small puncture from a nail. The tires have been in storage for a couple years. Tires are Firestone Firehawk GTA 02.



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Was the hole in the tread?

Or did it angle up through the sidewall?

How close to the edge of the tread?

Did you feel Steel cord as you probed the hole for the plug?

You want plugs to be in the main tread body of the tire, which is over the cord plies 'wrapping" around the tire. Not outside the tread through the sidewall only portion of the tire.

A. - you don't want to drive on a tire with possible sidewall damage.

B. - plug may not hold as well in a section of the tire that flexes more (different flex than the tread).
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Old 05-15-2015, 02:24 PM   #3
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It was a straight shot through the tire, no angle towards the sidewall. I added a link to a pic of the plug. It's right in the middle of the outermost tread line. I'm thinking a patch and a plug, plus I can get a look inside and see what's going on.
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That should be just fine.

Yes, removing the tire for a good plug patch combo is the best repair but I wouldn't worry with what I see in the picture. (Looks like a "Safe-T-Seal" plug)
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Man, I've done like 4 of those just this year. Do yourself a favor if it turns out to leak slightly, next time use some liquid patch cement to coat the plug liberally. The plugs are often too dry (the VOC evaporates while plugs are hanging on the store pegboard) and a roughly 50% success rate at plugging will skyrocket up to around 95% if you glue up the plug just before using it.

The location in edge of tread is fine, radial belts actually wrap slightly past the tread and up the sidewall a bit, and some goes all the way up. Straight in punched holes seal much better than heavily angled ones do. I've used two plugs in an X pattern in the tool to plug bigger holes too. I do not patch on the inside.

I live up a dirt drive with thousands of nails embedded in the dirt, I've patched literally probably 350+ holes in the 30 years I've lived there. Hardly ever do they fail now, I turn in worn out tires with as many as 5-7 plugs in them. Why I gave up paying for road hazard, I was spending hundreds of hours just waiting on tire repairs. Now if I can get to it without yanking tire it can get fixed in like two minutes.
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