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how good is a tire repair kit

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how good is a tire repair kit

Just got a nail and bought a kit and trying to repair it. Is this a temp fix? Do I need to replace the whole tires?
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dec12 wrote: Just got a nail and bought a kit and trying to repair it. Is this a temp fix? Do I need to replace the whole tires?
get it repaired properly at a shop
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Its good. But ones the proper tire shop uses with a circle piece with protuding rubber that goes in the hole is better aince they remove your tires and work from inside.
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dec12 wrote: Just got a nail and bought a kit and trying to repair it. Is this a temp fix? Do I need to replace the whole tires?
If you do it properly it should outlast the tire.
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dec12 wrote: Just got a nail and bought a kit and trying to repair it. Is this a temp fix? Do I need to replace the whole tires?
Even though those are "temp" fix, I have repaired my tire using those kits at the track....and continued on.
Not saying it is the proper way...but it was the only available at that time and at that moment....
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About $25 for a patch and balance...bring it to a local indy shop.
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Ive patched 2 tires with a kit and no issues. One car has had the patch for almost 2 years and 1 was just done last month.
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Bah, I just use bubble gum. Doesn't seem to be an issue yet.

Seriously though, a patch kit is fine if done properly.
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Went ahead and did it. Check and there is no leak.

Should I be concern that the puncture is near the edge of tire? It's a Hankook tire, beads running along the side of the edge, the fixed is about a pencil width from these beads. The puncture is completely inside the rubber that will contact the pavement.
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dec12 wrote: Went ahead and did it. Check and there is no leak.

Should I be concern that the puncture is near the edge of tire? It's a Hankook tire, beads running along the side of the outer wall, the fixed is about a pencil from these beads.
You don't want it too close to the edge. Got a pix?
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Well proper patch or insta patch, both methods do not recommend patching the sidewall because you need the pressure on the road to the tire for patch to not pop out.
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In each sliver, there is a square, with a dot in the middle. I would assume that is the cornering ability of this tire.
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peteryorkuca wrote: Well proper patch or insta patch, both methods do not recommend patching the sidewall because you need the pressure on the road to the tire for patch to not pop out.
It's not on the sidewall but very close, at least I think it is, to the curving edge of the tire. The fixed puncture will come in full contact with the roads.
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That's fine. It might be an issue if it was close to the shoulder.
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So, I have a tire repair kit which fills the inside with foam to block it.

I had a flat at work, and had to end up calling CAA to help out. Car doesn't come with a jack, and the idiot who swapped my winters put the hubcap back on at the wrong angle blocking the valve (I'm more of an idiot for not checking it).

So, CAA guy comes, and I show him what I needed, and he just straight up tells me to leave the nail in the tire, drive to a garage, and have them plug it. Reason he gave me was that the foam repair kit would throw off the balance, and it wouldn't even be a proper seal.
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Biskuits wrote: Reason he gave me was that the foam repair kit would throw off the balance, and it wouldn't even be a proper seal.
Can also damage tire pressure sensors
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dec12 wrote: Image

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In each sliver, there is a square, with a dot in the middle. I would assume that is the cornering ability of this tire.
The shop might not repair this since it is too close to the sidewall according to the safety standard. They will probably ask you to buy a new tire.
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Hello. That repair will be fine. You should check for side wall damage from driving with low/no pressure. You can visually check for a worn out ring around the sidewall.
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acheuk wrote: The shop might not repair this since it is too close to the sidewall according to the safety standard. They will probably ask you to buy a new tire.
That's not too close to the side, it is on the flat surface. If it was on the other side of those dots, they wouldn't patch it.
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peteryorkuca wrote: Well proper patch or insta patch, both methods do not recommend patching the sidewall because you need the pressure on the road to the tire for patch to not pop out.
That's not how it works. They don't put a cork that can pop out if not held by "road pressure".
The sidewall flexes a lot and that leads to the patch delaminating and the hole leaking air in the best case scenario and the tire blowing out in the worst case.

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