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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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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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Plugged many back in the day, but also hot patched inside.
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:39 PM   #12
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I had to granddaughter home, it was dark and found out all my tools were in the camper 80 miles away. Got up this morning and after saying a few bad words I got the tire plugged. I didnít think I did a real good job so I drove to my local tire shop and they patched the tire inside. First time plugging a tire, not fun
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I have plugged many tires over the years but I also have learned valuable lessons. Plug a tire for emergency issues only. If it is on a Motorcycle (you could die) or a trailer (blowouts severely damage the trailer) replace the tire as soon as possible.
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Old 03-01-2019, 05:31 PM   #14
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Plugging tires was acceptable years ago, it is not recomended for todays higher pressure tire, especially trailer tires. The standard 'rope type' plug may leak a small amount inside of the tire and actually cause the plys to separate, while it may not show a leak on the outside of the tire
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Hey, I need all the naysayers to stay quiet. All I hear is Cha-ching...the sound of money which I do make mucho on with leaking plugs and belt separations.
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Old 03-01-2019, 07:58 PM   #16
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I agree with those that say for emergencies only. I have a front tire on one of my trucks go flat after a shop plugged the tire. They were instructed to put a patch in the tire, that is what they billed me for. We had a great conversation about when I went back.
If I get a flat or slow leak, I will install my spare and take it to a shop to get properly patched on the inside. If it looks questionable in any way, I will replace the tire.
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:16 PM   #17
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Plug it to get home and throw the tire away. The one time I plugged a tire, the belts separated a few thousand miles later and the tire flew apart.
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:21 PM   #18
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I had to granddaughter home, it was dark and found out all my tools were in the camper 80 miles away. Got up this morning and after saying a few bad words I got the tire plugged. I didnít think I did a real good job so I drove to my local tire shop and they patched the tire inside. First time plugging a tire, not fun
While you donít have to take the tire off it is much easier. The front tires are easier as you can turn the wheel and get good access. The back tires are harder to get leverage on to get the job done.

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I agree with those that say for emergencies only. I have a front tire on one of my trucks go flat after a shop plugged the tire. They were instructed to put a patch in the tire, that is what they billed me for. We had a great conversation about when I went back.
If I get a flat or slow leak, I will install my spare and take it to a shop to get properly patched on the inside. If it looks questionable in any way, I will replace the tire.
I always make it a point to keep any compromised tires off of the steering axle. If there is going to be a problem I donít want it on the steering axle.

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Old 03-01-2019, 09:07 PM   #19
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How hard is it to plug a tire

been plugging for over 30 yrs. and NOT for it to be a temporary fix until I can get it patched "properly", ... nope, a good plug job is a permanent fix, at least for me it is, ... some plugging jobs can require a tremendous amount of force to push the plug strip thru the tire tread(yes, even after reaming), ... I've always used a plastic t-handle model until recently, ... had a plugging job that required so much force(even after reaming), ... that, afterwards I realized, IF that plastic handle had broken under that force, I believe I would have pushed the steel stem thru my hand, even though I had on leather gloves, ... soon, thereafter I replace my old reliable plastic t-handle plugging kit with an all metal model, ... just gives me more peace of mind, when doing a job that does have some danger to it, ... the link below is the new all metal kit I got from Amazon, ... have used it several times and love it, it's really a quality kit, ...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002I52RG0...ing=UTF8&psc=1



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Old 03-02-2019, 08:15 AM   #20
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For years, every vehicle I have owned has had a tire plug kit, pliers and side cutters stashed somewhere. They are especially handy for my company vehicles where they are driven on construction sites and subject to all sorts of nails, screws, etc. finding their way into the tires. Currently, the kit I have been using is the ARB 10000010 which comes with lots of handy spare parts. I love this kit.

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