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    So pissed. These tires are practically brand new. Its been this way for about a week now & im just now noticing pressure release. Its holding pressure, just not like it used to.

    I can't afford getting a whole new set of tires so I'm probably gonna try and plug it this weekend anyways but Im worried about its performance. It's so close to the wall of the tire...

    Any thoughts?

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    I would plug it.


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    Technically no. Depends how daring you are. I would be nervous about a blowout while doing some hard and fast cornering...like an on ramp. It's a shame there's no road hazard protection offered when you buy the car like you can get when you buy tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfigge2 View Post
    Technically no. Depends how daring you are. I would be nervous about a blowout while doing some hard and fast cornering...like an on ramp. It's a shame there's no road hazard protection offered when you buy the car like you can get when you buy tires.

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    I can be daring at times but I don't drive my car too often. I'm only on the road an hour a day through the week for work, tops.

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    Road care warranty thing on the tires?
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    If they are as new as you say you can just get just the one tire replaced.

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    I had a screw in one of my RE-01s in the exact same location. I plugged it.. then a week later the sidewall buckled and $1150 worth of tires were ruined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grymmfrost View Post
    If they are as new as you say you can just get just the one tire replaced.
    +1 If they're basically new, just replace that 1 tire.

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    I would not plug it. For one thing I think its illegal to just put a plug in now and go in most places. Now they have a patch plug combination that work really well. I used to do tire work its the better and safer way to go. They will break the trire down and work from the inside of the tire it covers and seals a much bigger area not to allow moister to get into the steel belts and corrode them. Any good tire shop should be able to take care of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marx View Post
    Any good tire shop should be able to take care of that.

    Most shops would not touch something that close to the sidewall. Cannot patch the inside because of the location of the puncture.. and I believe it may be outright against regulations for them to do work on a puncture like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marx View Post
    I would not plug it. For one thing I think its illegal to just put a plug in now and go in most places. Now they have a patch plug combination that work really well. I used to do tire work its the better and safer way to go. They will break the trire down and work from the inside of the tire it covers and seals a much bigger area not to allow moister to get into the steel belts and corrode them. Any good tire shop should be able to take care of that.
    The Kaufman tire here in ATL does tire repair for free, which sounds nice, but it also sounds like the plug/patch would work better/safer.. I know it looks really close to the side-wall but it really isn't.. That being said I don't think there's enough room to patch though.

    Currently, my tire is holding close to 29psi w/nail... its visibly noticeable but hasn't gotten worse, this makes me feel like if I can get the tire to a state where it will at least hold the appropriate psi then Im golden. Again, I rarely drive this beast.

    Anyone else have experience with a nail/screw this close to the wall?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegamer1587 View Post
    +1 If they're basically new, just replace that 1 tire.
    +2 risky business and youre putting others in danger as well as yourself
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    +3 on replacing the one tire. It's worth the $200 for peace of mind as you're going 60 mph around an entrance ramp. $200 is cheaper than having an accident and having to pay your deductible.
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    Pull the tire off the rim and add a washer and nut... Otherwise the screw WILL come out and you're stranded...
    Nuts... Just replace the tire, at least you wouldn't need to replace the whole set. This is an easy one. It's a lot harder when the tires have a good bit of wear - then you'd have to consider the whole set of 4!
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    U can definitely patch that from the inside I wouldn't use a traditional plug or even a patch plug if u drive hard but a hole that small can b sealed up by someone who knows their way around a quality patch

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