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Old 02-28-2019, 08:03 PM   #1
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Plugging a tire

How hard is it to plug a tire
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:53 PM   #2
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I never plug. I always have them patched from the inside.

To answer your question it isnít hard at all. They sell kits at Walmart and the local auto stores. Take the tire off , ream the hole, put adhesive on the plug and insert. Easy peasy I just feel patches are safer.

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Old 02-28-2019, 09:05 PM   #3
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If you can roll the tire to a good spot you wont need to take it off. I do them all time without removing. Just be sure the hole is in the tread area. If close to the sidewall it should be patched from the inside and sometimes better to replace.

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Old 02-28-2019, 09:05 PM   #4
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I did that a few times on my way to work on gas station. You don't need to take your wheel off.
I was back on the road in 10 minutes. I put 40,000 miles on tire and no leaks.
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Old 02-28-2019, 09:11 PM   #5
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This what I carry in my TV. No need to remove wheel/tire from vehicle. Available at Amazon. Made in USA.
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Old 02-28-2019, 09:27 PM   #6
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Plugged 100's of trailer tires and tractor tires over 25 years of lawn maintenance we also slimed all of the mower tires which slowed or stopped the leak and showed us where to plug.
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Old 02-28-2019, 09:29 PM   #7
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Ream the hole with the tool and plug it. Not hard at all. When you get to a local tire shop have them patch it the right way.
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Old 02-28-2019, 09:38 PM   #8
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I've plugged lots of tires externally with no problems, unless it is remotely close to the sidewall. I picked up a screw once on my truck, it was one tread groove from the edge. I pushed in a plug and hoped for the best, it lasted about a month before the light came on. I knew I would be in the market for new rubber within a year and I just wanted to buy more time, so I plugged it once more but drowned the cord in rubber cement. This one lasted maybe a week longer. There is just too much flex in that area, and when I took it to my tire guy (what, you don't have a tire guy?) he refused to patch it internally due to the location. I respect his call, so I had him swap out that tire with the spare and got a decent used tire to put back on the steel wheel.
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Tire plugs are strongly recommended against by both the tire manufacturers AND many plug manufacturers unless they are used only as a temporary repair.

If you need to plug a tire then at least stop as soon as possible at a tire shop and have them properly repair. The plug can remain, they should just trim off the piece extending inside the tire and add a patch.

Way too many "plug jobs" are done wrong. The reaming tool is often poked straight int the tire when the puncturing object may have been in at an angle. The result is now two holes in the inner liner of the tire and only one plugged. In time the tire separates due to air migrating into the body plies.

As for ATV and Lawn Service tires, neither carry the same load and generate as much heat as a highway service tire. Apples/Oranges.
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:58 PM   #10
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Tire plugs are strongly recommended against by both the tire manufacturers AND many plug manufacturers unless they are used only as a temporary repair.

If you need to plug a tire then at least stop as soon as possible at a tire shop and have them properly repair. The plug can remain, they should just trim off the piece extending inside the tire and add a patch.

Way too many "plug jobs" are done wrong. The reaming tool is often poked straight int the tire when the puncturing object may have been in at an angle. The result is now two holes in the inner liner of the tire and only one plugged. In time the tire separates due to air migrating into the body plies.

As for ATV and Lawn Service tires, neither carry the same load and generate as much heat as a highway service tire. Apples/Oranges.
I agree on apples/oranges with one exception, my Pace Shadow was 28 feet with 5500lb axles pulling 8000 lbs and we plugged many tires on it with a lot of good luck... Thanks Frank
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