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Old 12-25-2005, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Nail in tire, what to do??? (pics)

well i just started installing a r180 rear end and noticed a nail in my tire when taking the wheels off. what do you guys think I should do. holds air perfect from all the measuring I have done. tires have about 5,000 miles on them so they are pretty damn new and i would hate to pay for a new s-03 right now.

Pull the nail, hope nothing happens and it's just in the outer part of the tire
leave the nail in, cut off the head of the nail.
leave it as is
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Old 12-25-2005, 12:20 PM   #2
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I'd pull it out and use a plug in it if it leaks air. It's awfully close to the sidewall though.
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Old 12-25-2005, 12:28 PM   #3
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I would try to plug it.It is close to the sidewall.
I plugged my RE040s in a similar spot(had a screw in it) and it didn't leak.
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Old 12-25-2005, 12:36 PM   #4
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Take it to a garage and have the tire plugged. You may get lucky and the nail hasn't punctured the tire. But don't pull the nail out until you have a plug ready to go in it.
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Old 12-25-2005, 01:01 PM   #5
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Get it plugged i wouldnt leave it in there to do additional wear damage as i was driving around for anything.
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Old 12-25-2005, 01:43 PM   #6
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The Tire Rack will shave a new S03 down to the level of the rest of your tires. Give Brandon a call at ext 287.
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Old 12-25-2005, 03:24 PM   #7
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That is a screw not a nail.
Take it to a tire shop and have it plugged, it will be fine.
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Old 12-25-2005, 04:33 PM   #8
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No, it won't be fine, and it won't be safe, either. Plugs are temporary repairs and compromise the speed rating and load rating of a tire. On a sidewall, which constantly flexes, it can leak very easily, especially during a corner. If there's an accident involving this fast evacuation of air from the tire, you'd better bet that your insurance company will blow off the claim faster than, well, anything. Liability, unsafe, etc - no good on this deal.

Sure a plug will work - until you can replace the tire in a couple of days.
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Old 12-25-2005, 04:59 PM   #9
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you shoulda bought road hazard if you were going with S-03s, they are money...but does bridgestone offer any sort of warranty
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Old 12-25-2005, 05:16 PM   #10
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A plug will work just fine. Everyone thinks they are unsafe and will "blow out", but I have used them many times on various performance cars/trucks/ATV's and have yet to have a problem.
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Old 12-25-2005, 05:59 PM   #11
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<yokel voice>
We call thems "screws" in these here parts
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Old 12-25-2005, 06:07 PM   #12
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you NEED new tires. That hole is TOO close to the sidewall and is NO LONGER SAFE FOR USE.
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Old 12-25-2005, 06:38 PM   #13
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I assume that the screw/nail has gone through the tire? If so I would try to patch it from the inside only. From the picture I don't think any reputable tire place will plug it because of the liability issue. JMO ed
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Old 12-25-2005, 07:17 PM   #14
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I assume that the screw/nail has gone through the tire? If so I would try to patch it from the inside only. From the picture I don't think any reputable tire place will plug it because of the liability issue. JMO ed
Yup, nobody will plug that for you, if you want to experiment yourself you can, but it looks like a new tire is in your future.

If you go the experimentation route you have to pay WAY close attention and be ready for it to go flat at any time, plus not drive hard on it. You'd probably be better off leaving it in and getting a matching shaved tire from Tire Rack.
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Old 12-25-2005, 07:26 PM   #15
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I agree. The screw is too close to the sidewall to be safely plugged, ESPECIALLY if you plan on heat cycling your tires. If you're only going to tool around your subdivision on your s03s, then fine. Otherwise, don't risk it. Get a new tire.
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Old 12-25-2005, 09:50 PM   #16
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yea, I worked at a tire center in costco. do not plug it, do not let anybody plug it. that screw is safer than a plug. but still not safe in any way.

plugs expand and cause seperation. seen it many times. it is also in the shoulder and a real plug installed from the inside will hold for the time being, but wont stay forever and a patch wont hold cause of the flexing in the sidewall. there is not a whole lot of structure there. it could cause a delamination in the sidewall too.
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Old 12-25-2005, 11:45 PM   #17
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yea I will get a new tire as I would hate to have something this stupid ruin my car especially after all the work i've put into it and all the work im putting into it now. I really plan to push it hard once I get it up and running so my best bet is to just get one new tire.

how couldn't I push the car after installing this


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