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This is a discussion on 1 tire punctured...have to buy 4? within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; got an 06 wrx, stock bridgestone potenzas. 15K on tires. heard a "oh sh*$, that didn't sound good" puncture sound ...

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    1 tire punctured...have to buy 4?

    got an 06 wrx, stock bridgestone potenzas. 15K on tires. heard a "oh sh*$, that didn't sound good" puncture sound going down the road. waited for the tire to burst. it didn't. after i got to my destination a mile or two down the road, sure enough, a damn philips head screw is in my passenger front tire (middle of the tire, in the patch, not the sidewall). now that i think about it i will get a pic tomorrow but i know tire diameter is crucial with AWD vehicles. not feeling buying 3 tires in addition to the 1 damaged tire but the tire with the screw in it is holding pressure fine for now (150 miles) :knock on wood:

    soon as i noticed it i bought a can of fix a flat and a tire plug kit just in case. I haven't used either yet. i know fix a flat is a mess for any rim (can't use them on cars with tire pressure sensors) but figured it will be better than nothing should the worst happen. drove a chevy AWD van with mismatched tires and i thought the tranny was gonna go. shuddering, hesitation, etc... and i know it's bad on the symetrical subaru AWD. what's everyone else done? bite the bullet and get 4 new tires? this blows.
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    put a plug or take it to a tire shop and have them put a patch
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    i figured as much. neither of which i would trust an inch over 70mph in my suby. i know they are both "temporary fixes." had good luck with a plug in my 2000 neon (speeds 100+) but thats was a POS neon. never considered it before in the past but getting tire road hazard insurance may be a good route to go.

    got inspection comming up now that i think about it. can't imagine them passing the car with a tire like that.
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    ive use the patch and have had good results even over 70mph

    i would just toss the can of fix a flat... that thing sucks and messes up ur rims
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    if you bought them at discount tire and you bought certs then if you blow one out that gets replaced for free and they should replace the other three for just the price of the certs! i should know... i used to work there, and i had to write up a wrx owner who this happened too and being a wrx owner ive had to do it myself! but if you bought it at tire rack... cant help you! anyways hope it all goes well, oh yeah if it can be fixed (center tread mass, no larger than 1/4 hole, no more than 2 fixes in the tire, if there is another fix in the tire it is no closer than 90 degrees from the second hole, a flat fixed in a way different to RMA standards and no runflat on the sidewall of tire) discount tire can fix the tire and it is an extremely reliable plug and patch witch they buff the tire (remove just a hair of material from the inside of tire), replaceing it with a patch, plug, and rubber cement, there are a bunch of steps but needless to say it is just as good as a new tire in terms of sealing in air! i trust it on my MR2 which weekely gets taken over 150+ at track events! i have full confedince in it!

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    rather off topic, but just noticed your sig. is that UT arlington FSAE? as in the car with the ridiculous carbon fiber wing? if so, saw it michigan last may.
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    ricudilous as it may look it does produce a lot of downforce and does not compress the suspension when it makes downforce...tranmitting all directly in to wheels! the car works a lot better at SCCA than at the slower tracks in detriot

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    If you can just get the tire patched. A patch is very much a permanent fix.
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    I also noticed when shopping this summer that Tire Rack will shave a tire down to the tread depth of the others. If you start with the same tire, I can't see why this wouldn't be a great option for irreparable flats.
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    isnt 15k of wear on a potenza relatively insignificant? especially since the fronts wear faster anyway?

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    a 3/32in diff in height can cause damage to the diffs!

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    i would say launching, cornering...etc would pose much more of a threat than 3/32" on a tire, ive got a different tire on the front driver's side, wouldn't the open diff take care of such a minute difference, i would think differently if i was running a spool or LSD with clutches...just my .02 from the 4x4 world.

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    big diff between 4x4 and AWD. big!! a tranfer case locks the front and rear diffs with the same power, well with even one tire a differnt height even by such a minute amount will cause the center diff to spin at a different speed front and rear... this will cause it to heat up and eventually fail. its happened to a wrx owner that come to the discount tire i used to work at... it was ugly and he tried to blame us for it... he lost we tried to tell him our policy but he would have none of it. moral of the story... dont do it

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    Umm..sounds like a simple fix as long as the hole is in the tread portion. A simple patch or slip in plug will work fine and will likely last the life of the tire.

    Cost you at the most 10 bucks at a local station. Just be sure to get ALL of that fix a flat gunk out of the inside of the rim and tire when you remove it for repair.
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    free at discount tire reguardless if you bought them there or not!

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