Originally Posted by Oaklevel
If they do look at them there are to be rejected here. Our tire dealer will not plug a tire they will use a plug / internal patch set up..
This is the dealer who does it correct, and may end up saving your life. I'm going to interject here and tell ANYONE who uses a plug only, that they are a danger on the roads. It doesn't matter if you think that it's been done that way for years or I've never had a problem doing it.
If you don't remove the tire from the wheel and examine the inside for damage, you are taking a HUGE risk. We average repairing about 10 flats a day. Every one of our tires are repaired from the inside. I junk out several tires a week, after I examine the inside and the tire cannot be safely repaired. This can be from the tire splitting, being run flat and shredded on the inside, the object entering the tread but also damaging the inside of the sidewall (longer nails do this frequently), etc.
If I had just stuck a plug from the outside into the tire, I would never see this internal damage, and the tire could blow apart either when my guys are airing it up...or when a customer is driving down the road. People get hurt and killed from this.
Do it right people, or find a tire shop that will. The life you might save could be your own.
And this doesn't even include the risk of ply separation as well as voiding manufacturer warranty from an improperly repaired tire when using an external plug. I also have to cut out plugs and patch over them due to them leaking, and just plain missing the original hole when inserted. I did two today alone.
I stated this before;