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Old 08-20-2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default Bolt in my tire

As it usually goes, I was having such a good day today. I got the car tinted, washed and waxed it after work, she was looking beautiful and life was good! About halfway home my car started to feel like it was limping, my gf noticed it immediately and said it felt like I was getting a flat.

I pulled into a parking lot, checked the tires and everything was fine. I double checked everything and couldn't see any issues so we got back in the car and as soon as I went to take off we both felt it again. Got back out, looked again and this time found the culprit. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?





I'm guessing there's no way it's going to be able to be patched or plugged considering the size. I'm not sure I'd want a hole that big patched or plugged anyway. Luckily my gf has the day off tomorrow so I'll be taking her car to work and visiting the local tire shops to find out my options. These tires have only been on the car for around 2k miles, probably less than that. I'm wondering if I would need to shave a new tire if I end up replacing it or if it's still new enough where it wouldn't matter.

This is my first "flat" with an AWD car. In your collective professional opinions, what say you NASIOC?
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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holy (pun) s**t!

haha thats a big bolt, surprised it stuck in like that. never seen that before. maybe it didnt puncture all the way through due to the angle.

check the tread depth of the other tires, if they are within 2/32 of new depth (typically 10/32, but check what they are on your specific tires) you will be fine to get a new one without shaving.

i just had a flat too, my other tires were about 5/32 so i had tire rack shave it to 6/32. shaving costs $25.
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:13 PM   #3
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That was my thought too. I can't believe I didn't just roll over this thing, no idea how it actually stuck in.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:38 AM   #4
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It was probably sticking up in a crack or something.

That is nuts though.

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Old 08-21-2012, 03:19 AM   #5
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It was probably sticking up in a crack or something.

That is nuts though.
Its not nuts, its Bolts.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:43 AM   #6
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Apparently I am the luckiest SOB alive. I went to the local Town Fair this morning, they pulled the bolt out and apparently it didn't go all the way through. They repaired the hole and all is well. They didn't even charge me!
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:33 PM   #7
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Its not nuts, its Bolts.
Okay okay, it was just nut, then.
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:56 PM   #8
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I wouldn't trust that tire after that bolt puncture.
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:17 PM   #9
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Wow!! Picks of the repair?
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:43 PM   #10
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I wouldn't trust that tire after that bolt puncture.
I've been VERY skeptical myself, but it's almost been a week and it hasn't lost any pressure. I'm going to keep monitoring it. I'm leaning towards replacing them next spring even if there isn't a lot of wear just because. I really do like the INVO though.

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Wow!! Picks of the repair?
I'll see what I can do. It's a very small spot, you'd never think a bolt that size punctured the tire!
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:04 AM   #11
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ive seen that kind of thing patched with ruber cement
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:22 PM   #12
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If a tire is properly repaired and buffed with a radial stem/patch and vulcanizing cement it's a permanent fix (smaller than 1/4 inch)
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