|Fighting the good fight|
If it's next to the sidewall as stated, tire shops aren't going to touch it, even if it's possibly repairable. They don't want the liability of a "maybe" or a "probably".
Eons ago, in the late 60s, I was leaving downtown Houston headed northwest. As I was accelerating to speed on the freeway, I saw what looked like a box of confetti crumpled against the inside guard rail, its contents strewn across the freeway.
It was only as I was almost on top of the mess when I realized it wasn’t confetti. Ir was roofing nails. It was too late to stop. I just kept the pedal down hoping to make it to the next exit after curving west onto I 10. Luckily there was a service station at the exit. I pulled in as the last of the air in three tires was gone.
Luckily, it was the days of full” service stations and they did tire repair.
As I sat there waiting, multiple cars pulled in behind with flats as the roofing nails took their toll. It was a big mess!
get a small tube of E-6000 adhesive and glue it in place , one application , and then 36 hours later another application
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Neck Ties, Hats and ammo brass, Never ,ever touch'em w/o asking first
Also this thread takes me back to how much I appreciated having Goodyear run flats on the first vette I bought. I didn't even know that the tire had a flat until it showed zero pressure on the instrument cluster gages. Since I had an extremely demanding job I couldn't have the tire fixed for 2 days and drove it locally on zero pressure. Up to speeds of 50mph you'd never be able to tell.
One CAVEAT though, as the front and rear tires were two different sizes you cannot ever rotate, and the rubber was soft on the Goodyears so at 11,000 mi when I had them replaced the sticker shock for all four could give you a heart attack!
They may have got cheaper and better rubber but this was a new car in 99'.
Regards, Will G.
Just1tym, yep still have my 99 Vette. I replaced my Goodyears with Kuhmo tires and a can of Fix- Flat.
They don’t stick as well, but were significantly less expensive. I’d rate them about 90-95% as effective as the GY’s.
I don’t push the speed anyway.This message has been edited. Last edited by: maxdog,
I had a great time with it, I'd confess though, I couldn't help but stretch it out to 168mph once and only once, on a lone stretch of straight single lane east of HAFB that was a fast 10mi straight away. It was quite a beast for a factory car.
Regards, Will G.
|Little ray |
This is true, NTB or some other chain won't touch it. But find your local independent tire guy. I have found that nails in the shoulder are generally fixable if they are straight in and out. Your local guy will plug it and patch it, and it will likely be just fine. What is the worst that can happen, realistically? It doesn't hold air. They used to plug and patch holes like that all the time.
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Just1tym same here. When the car still was young I confess to the same thing. Scared me. Pushed it a few times on twisty country roads too. You’re right, what a beast.
Got that outta my system.
My tire guy says nails are almost always in the rear tire. Front tire hits it and flips it vertical for the rear tire to run over.
|Hop head |
update on my tire,
no issues no drama with it,
when I take it in for inspection (my tire company does that too) I'll ask them about a patch, if they think it is better
SAFETY SEAL plugs made in USA are the ONLY self vulcanizing plugs in this free world.
Their motto is the plug will outlast the tire.
Safety Seal plugs are the only plugs that I use/have used in 30+ years.
Any other plug/rivet that you have to apply butyl rubber to vulcanize said plug/rivet is as useless as tits on a fish.
|Nosce te ipsum|
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|Bookers Bourbon |
and a good cigar
Pulled this puppy out of the left front tire, two blocks from the tire shop. Plug and patch, good to go.
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Either that's a really small tire, or a really large spike!
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|Savor the limelight|
Wife called and said the car was making a noise, but she checked the tires and they looked good. I get there, walk around the car stopping at the passenger front tire and say "Honey, I found the problem." She asks "How did you find it so fast?"
|Nosce te ipsum|
Maybe off of a stake-body or snow plow or tow hitch? Yes, it was a big chunk of steel. I was at a Y and sort of drove through slush in the middle for a few feet, then heard it. Whump-wump-wump-wump-wump. Held air fine, though.
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