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#4502480 - 08/30/17 04:13 PM Flat tire, fix or replace?
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Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 2225
Loc: St. Louis
As I pulled into the driveway a contractor was outside with side tool compartments. He was finishing a bathroom remodel. I suspect I hit something he left on the street. I could hear the air rushing out of my rear driver's side tire when I parked in the garage. Did not take long to go flat. I could see something metal sticking out. Put donut spare on and drove to Wal-Mart for repair. It is too far to outside for them to repair. I was told I could fix it with a plug and was shown which kit to buy.

My questions:

1. It is is it is pretty close to inside edge where the thread stops. The object was an odd shape. May need two plugs to fully seal. I have never used to plug, so I am not sure how reliable they are?

2. I transport people at work and need reliable. Do not want to toy with safety. Do you think a plug will be safe? I it too far to the outside edge of tire?

3. If it was your car what would you do? This is OEM Nexen Npriz AH8 tire with about 4,600 miles on it. Dealership does not carry the tire and would take a week or so to get.

I am on a budget. Tore ACL in left knee in July, then had abscessed tooth for 10 days. I am on a roll right now. I would like the safe and cheap option. Thanks!


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#4502483 - 08/30/17 04:15 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: MONKEYMAN]
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Picture of tire did not load? Here it is:

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#4502486 - 08/30/17 04:19 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: MONKEYMAN]
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That close to sidewall, replace.

Rule of thumb is to replace any tire with a puncture in the outer set of tread blocks.


Edited by mightymousetech (08/30/17 04:20 PM)
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#4502492 - 08/30/17 04:23 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: MONKEYMAN]
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Registered: 12/11/16
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That looks to be the shoulder of the tire, so most shops won't patch it. Take it to a Discount Tire and ask them, they'll know more about tire safety than I do. Plus, they offer free patching even if you didn't buy tires from them. The shoulder of the tire flexes and bends with every rotation so safety-wise, it's best not to chance it.

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#4502500 - 08/30/17 04:29 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: MONKEYMAN]
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If it was a 1/4 inch round hole maybe. That tire is scrap unfortunately.
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#4502502 - 08/30/17 04:29 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: mightymousetech]
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Originally Posted By: mightymousetech
That close to sidewall, replace.

Rule of thumb is to replace any tire with a puncture in the outer set of tread blocks.


I was afraid you were going to say that.
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#4502509 - 08/30/17 04:34 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: MONKEYMAN]
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That looks WAY too big to my untrained eye to fix!
I'd be scared to death to drive on that after a repair, especially with my family in the car.
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#4502510 - 08/30/17 04:34 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: MONKEYMAN]
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Registered: 04/05/05
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Goodyear also fixes flats for free
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#4502516 - 08/30/17 04:36 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: ruhroh]
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Registered: 06/24/04
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Loc: St. Louis
Originally Posted By: ruhroh
That looks to be the shoulder of the tire, so most shops won't patch it. Take it to a Discount Tire and ask them, they'll know more about tire safety than I do. Plus, they offer free patching even if you didn't buy tires from them. The shoulder of the tire flexes and bends with every rotation so safety-wise, it's best not to chance it.



We do not have them locally. It may take a while to get that tire which is the problem. I work Friday two shifts, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. So probably need to get something done tomorrow on my day off.

It may be worth replacing both tires in back and keep good rear tire for a spare. I can get a rim for $6 at Salvage yard. If I have different tires in front and back, will that be a problem? I may be able to get two tires for the price of the Nexen tire I need.
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#4502519 - 08/30/17 04:39 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: Virtus_Probi]
MONKEYMAN Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
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Originally Posted By: Virtus_Probi
That looks WAY too big to my untrained eye to fix!
I'd be scared to death to drive on that after a repair, especially with my family in the car.


Agreed. Safety is first priority. Sometimes things happen which is part of life. I will start looking for replacement tires locally.
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#4502520 - 08/30/17 04:40 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: MONKEYMAN]
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If the set only has 4600 miles on it, a new tire will be just fine and can be treated just like the others.

I'd get one more of the same. Not really a fan of mismatching tires. Wouldn't be a problem really, but I'd avoid buying a vehicle with mismatched tires most likely.
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#4502521 - 08/30/17 04:40 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: MONKEYMAN]
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I wouldnt plug that, but if its really expensive to replace, maybe you can put an innertube in it?
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#4502533 - 08/30/17 04:52 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: MONKEYMAN]
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That is too big a hole to fix, even were it in the middle of the tread.
Don't worry too much about matching the OEM tire model since the aftermarket ones of the same model name that you'll buy won't be the same as the OEM tires anyway.
Find a cheap tire in the correct size and have it mounted.
The OEM Nexens are nothing special other than having been cheap for Hyundai.
Put the mismatched tires on the front and leave a matched set on the rear.
It's likely that you'll be replacing these tires fairly soon anyway, since I doubt that have long tread life in use.
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#4502540 - 08/30/17 05:01 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: MONKEYMAN]
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Registered: 06/24/04
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I am driving about 8k per year. So they may be on longer than you think. Hyundai requires 7,500 rotating of tires. If I can get tires locally and get them to rotate for free that will save money.
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#4502570 - 08/30/17 05:35 PM Re: Flat tire, fix or replace? [Re: MONKEYMAN]
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10136
Loc: OH
Check Amazon/CL for a matching cheap, used tire.


Edited by SatinSilver (08/30/17 05:37 PM)

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