TIRE fix it - a series

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 11/19/2009 - 21:57.

The image above shows a tire plug installed right at the edge of the radial tread - just on the edge of the sidewall of a radial tire.

This is not a good place to plug a tire.

Installing a plug in the tread area is ok, but in the sidewall the plug will soon leak (the flexure in the bias ply sidewall constantly palpitates the plug, eventually leading to weakening its glue'ed in status). This plug did leak about a week after I installed it. So I removed this tire from the car and discarded it.  (a boot could have been installed inside the tire, but the expense did not justify.  On a more expensive truck tire a boot would have been a reasonable solution)

Are tires a mystery to you?

There are five on every vehicle, but many of us know little about them; how they are constructed or how to fix them.  

This is the first report in a series on tires. 

Let me hear from you with any ideas you may have.

Now ladies, this tire fix it series is kind of a big, testicular dude's thing, like the Browns, so maybe you want to tune this out.

Then, on the other hand, maybe you could be the best audience, and avoid getting ripped off at the gas station/tire shop/turnpike.

A tire plug kit costs about $5.00 (autozone, wallmart) and you can install the plug without jacking up the vehicle or removing the tire from the car.  That's cool.  You will need air pressure thought - a bicycle pump will do until you get to the corner gas station air.



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Just bought new tires ...

I just had the frustrating and expensive experience of having to buy all new tires for my vehicle (actually the deal was buy three get one free). Two of my tires had slow leaks. I had hoped that they could be patched, but like your tire the leaks were very close to the side wall -- both had nails in them. The third bad tire had a bulge, the result of a hit and run accident. My insurance company refused to pay for the damaged tire that was less than a year old. They examined the tire in person and from photos taken the night of the accident and made the decision that the tire was safe to drive on and did not need to be replaced. Conrad's in Lakewood thought the ruptured lining could cause a blow out so I had it replace at my own expense. They won't help my case with the insurance company though, they insisted that it was more likely that a pot hole caused the damage than the accident. I know the bulge was n't there before I got hit. 

Next time I have a slow leak I would like to patch it myself for $5 rather than the $15 Conrad's charges, if the hole is in the treads. I will look forward to reading more about this in your future postings.

Westown Tire-Auto

Please let me put in a plug here (JB:) for Westown Tire-Auto Repair on 2703 Scranton Rd. (near Tremont)--conveniently located for check-ups.  

Proprietor Ruben Estremera 216-241-6806.  No problems, ever.  Sweet man and great service, which includes free tire rotations, inspections, anytime. 



jbusters' tire fix series

 While waiting for the next installment, I recommend that we lay in a supply of fix a flat in a can. We could get lucky if we were to have a flat near a traffic light that is out and there are 3 city trucks that show up to change a light; maybe the spare guys would help fix the flat. 

jeff buster's series

"Now ladies, this tire fix it series is kind of a big, testicular dude's thing, like the Browns, so maybe you want to tune this out."

Ha ha.

So glad that I bought the fix a flat in the can.

tire fix it series

this could use the next installment. Cold wreaks havoc on old, leaky tires.