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Unread 08-19-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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Plugging a Tire - Too Close to sidewall?

A shop refused to plug it, because it was too close. Not sure if its just to cover themselves, or if there really is a threat here... The tires are 285/70R17 BFG AT's, so if I can save the $$ on a new tire I'd like to... But not if there really is a risk here... See photo - Thoughts?

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Unread 08-19-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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There has never been one reported court case in all of the history of liability cases where a person or property was injured as a result of a sidewall tire repair failure.

Once upon a time, before radial tires, there may have been a fear of blowout. I have repaired every sidewall nail or screw in car and bike tires and never had a problem.

Its a scam. They want to sell you new tires.
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Unread 08-19-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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A good shop would patch it inside and plug it outside.
Me, I'd plug it and be on my way.
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Unread 08-19-2013, 06:35 PM   #4
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The local shop around here would put a patch with a built in plug on that and send you on your way.
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Unread 08-19-2013, 08:51 PM   #5
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A shop refused to plug it, because it was too close. Not sure if its just to cover themselves, or if there really is a threat here... The tires are 285/70R17 BFG AT's, so if I can save the $$ on a new tire I'd like to... But not if there really is a risk here... See photo - Thoughts?
To much liability as that is in a non-repairable spot.To going rate for a failed tire repair is about $22 million.No one wants to take that gamble.
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There has never been one reported court case in all of the history of liability cases where a person or property was injured as a result of a sidewall tire repair failure.
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To much liability as that is in a non-repairable spot.To going rate for a failed tire repair is about $22 million.No one wants to take that gamble.

Hmm. Two conflicting stories..

I personally would put the plug/patch combo thing in it and call it a day..
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Unread 08-19-2013, 09:07 PM   #7
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Find you a shop that does heavy truck and tractor type tires. There is one like that where I live and they have done several like your for me. $15.00 and I was gone!
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Hmm. Two conflicting stories..

I personally would put the plug/patch combo thing in it and call it a day..
http://www.tirereview.com/Article/85...avoidable.aspx

$22.8 million for a failed/improper repair outside the industry standard "repairable zone".
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Unread 08-19-2013, 10:34 PM   #9
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Thanks guys, just wanted to get some reassurance...
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Unread 08-20-2013, 02:29 AM   #10
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Thank you for pointing that case out. Please note that the cause of liability was due to the use of an internal patch inside the tire only instead of a sting and patch combination repair which is required by industry standards. The fact that it was in the tread beyond the area usually repaired may or may not have any significance in the outcome. Liability would have been the same if the repair had been in the tread.
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