Does this plugged tire look safe?
Online research says string plugs are temporary fix. I took it to the dealer and asked to see if repair is OK and to redo proper plug/patch combo. I was expecting them to say I need a new tire but the Dealer said plug was OK. I said don't you need to do a proper plug/patch too and service consultant said sometimes all you need is a plug and rambled on about best not to break the bead.
I left and they didn't charge me anything. I go to the dealer because the car is a lease and it says I have to do all repairs there, plus if they scratch the rims, it's on them (a Dealer scratched the rims on a previous car I had doing a tire patch). I have 8 months left in the 27 month lease.
Based on the picture, does the puncture/plug look too close to the tire shoulder for a proper repair. Do I need to buy a new tire?
Would I be in danger of potential tire blowout driving with a plug? I drive my toddler daily to daycare so this is nagging me and I'd rather be safe.
Do I just go back to the dealer and buy a new tire and have them install it? I suppose I can keep the plugged one as a spare tire and put some cheap rims on it?
It sucks as the tire has 21,000km on it only.