Wheels and Tires

Nail In Tire Repair when just barely on side

  • Last Updated:
  • Sep 14th, 2020 11:15 pm
[OP]
Newbie
Dec 12, 2008
76 posts
15 upvotes
Montreal

Nail In Tire Repair when just barely on side

So I hit some bad luck getting a nail in my tire. Brought it to Canadian tire to patch it up and they said not allowed as on side. I attached some pictures to show the location which is just barely on the side, wondering if it’s worth bringing to another garage to check as I’m trying to avoid replacing all 4 tires (AWD)
Image
Image

Thanks in advance
27 replies
Deal Guru
Sep 13, 2007
10065 posts
5046 upvotes
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Image
Telus Peace of Mind Plan $45 25GB
Deal Guru
Jun 24, 2006
10517 posts
4637 upvotes
Too close.

Why would you replace all 4 tires?

Don't buy into that AWD can't have tires with uneven wear myth. Does anyone actually know anyone, who has or has themselves experienced a drive train failure that was 100% conclusively caused by un even tire wear? I for one have not, and I for one have driven AWD vehicles and only replaced one tire when needed. No issue.

That tire looks like it has lots of tread. I suspect the rest are the same. Buy a new one and move on.
Deal Addict
User avatar
Aug 30, 2020
1131 posts
1781 upvotes
YEG/YYZ
No shop will fix that for liability reasons.

Personally, I would fix that myself with a plug kit in the direction of the nail and see if it holds air before replacing. It doesn't look like there is any sidewall bubbling.
Deal Addict
Nov 11, 2013
1118 posts
1430 upvotes
Calgary
You’ll need a new tire for sure. How worn out are the rest of the tires?
Usually if they are within 2/32” tread depth, it’s ok to replace just in tire.
[OP]
Newbie
Dec 12, 2008
76 posts
15 upvotes
Montreal
redblack wrote: You’ll need a new tire for sure. How worn out are the rest of the tires?
Usually if they are within 2/32” tread depth, it’s ok to replace just in tire.
Yeah that’s what I thought :( only rolled about 18k km on them so relatively fresh but it sure how to properly measure thread depth.
Deal Addict
User avatar
Aug 19, 2018
1480 posts
1655 upvotes
Replace all 4 tires? At worst, you replace two and put the new one at the back. It is never necessary to replace all 4.
Sr. Member
Dec 25, 2006
618 posts
539 upvotes
Winnipeg
I've had Kal Tire fix one like that - up front they told me no guarantee, no warranty.....still on the car a year later :)
People will believe what they want to believe whether fact or fiction.
'tis most frustrating when they aren't open to see and/or learn which is which.
Deal Addict
Feb 6, 2011
1782 posts
1537 upvotes
Technically it should be replaced but small tire shops usually will fix it for cash, no receipt, no guarantee.

Get a mushroom patch from the inside, almost always works on a round nail hole like in your picture. If it was a cut then you would replace it.
Sr. Member
Mar 17, 2006
618 posts
330 upvotes
Technically speaking, that should not be repaired. Full disclosure... I have already driven on such a repaired tire, and would do it again without hesitation. That being said, I have also driven 30 km to get to a friend's garage (in my misspent youth) to have a master cylinder repaired relying on just my hand brake so I shouldn't be used as a reference.
Deal Guru
User avatar
Jul 12, 2003
12104 posts
4439 upvotes
Toronto
Buy 2 new tires, keep the odd one as spare if case you got another flat tire or situation like this, lol
Retired Forum Moderator February 2009 - June 2015
Deal Addict
Feb 25, 2007
2754 posts
534 upvotes
CanadianConsumerYEG wrote: No shop will fix that for liability reasons.

Personally, I would fix that myself with a plug kit in the direction of the nail and see if it holds air before replacing. It doesn't look like there is any sidewall bubbling.

that's what happen to me, just went to Canadian Tire and bought the kit, tire lasted until i replaced all the tires 3 years later
[OP]
Newbie
Dec 12, 2008
76 posts
15 upvotes
Montreal
MP3_SKY wrote: Buy 2 new tires, keep the odd one as spare if case you got another flat tire or situation like this, lol
Thanks, but why 2? Would that reduce the risk with the AWD?
Deal Addict
User avatar
Aug 19, 2018
1480 posts
1655 upvotes
darkest_night wrote: Thanks, but why 2? Would that reduce the risk with the AWD?
Because there is no risk long as you put newer tires at the back. (which should always be done anyway).

Some people might find having uneven wear an issue, and might staggers their replacement. That part is entirely up to you.
[OP]
Newbie
Dec 12, 2008
76 posts
15 upvotes
Montreal
Cucumference wrote: Because there is no risk long as you put newer tires at the back. (which should always be done anyway).

Some people might find having uneven wear an issue, and might staggers their replacement. That part is entirely up to you.
And then in rotations do I just flip the two rears and two fronts left/right?
Deal Addict
User avatar
Nov 1, 2007
3577 posts
730 upvotes
Scarborough
Patch, don't plug it. Tire shop can do it for you but they'll probably advise you not to. It'll likely be fine.
Last edited by flamez1000 on Sep 12th, 2020 10:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Deal Addict
May 9, 2003
1765 posts
967 upvotes
Buy one new tire and have it shaved down to match your others.
Deal Addict
May 9, 2003
1765 posts
967 upvotes
flamez1000 wrote: Patch not, don't plug it. Tire shop can do it for you but they'll probably advise you not to. It'll likely be fine.
I would not personally repair this one... Why risk it?

If op mist, get a patch plug combo. That's the only way to do it
Deal Addict
User avatar
Apr 3, 2007
1738 posts
620 upvotes
Vancouver
I'm not surprised a shop won't do it. I've plugged more than a few tires like that if your good at it you can do it.

Top