Pinhole in the yellow circle. Requires airing up once a week. It is right on the corner of where the tread transitions to the sidewall. The tires are almost worn to the wear bars anyway but they quoted 600 to 900 for a new set.
Thing is we are considering trading it off as the engine now uses about a quart of oil every 3k miles, has 200k on the clock and is 13 years old.
OR... would it be safe just to plug it myself, would a plug hold at this spot?
Just curious what the collective thinks.
I did go by the tire shop today but they were backed up longer than i had time to wait.
From a positional standpoint, I don't see why not. It's in the tread, not the sidewall. Interior patch, not a plug. Based on the degree of wear, they might try to talk you out of it. Telling them that you're about to trade the vehicle in might do the trick.
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Most tire shops will probably refuse to repair a tire with a penetration that close to the edge. It's a point of to much flex. They don't want the liability. You personally could try to patch or insert a repair string but it probably won't last long.
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Talked to a Bridgestone engineer once when I had a similar leak but further into the center. He said he would have no problem running a patched tire so long as the interior patch does not roll up on the sidewall. In my case I was ok. Think yours is too close. Can you patch it....sure. Would I bet my life on it.....not so much.
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Unlikely since it is so close to the sidewall, as others have said. Just plug it yourself with a kit.
I've done that with my truck and have had no issues.
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No tire shop worth their salt will repair that. The hole is too close to the sidewall, as well as having little to no tread on that edge (probably both of them). It looks as if it has been run chronically underinflated. If you don't have TPMS you can get sealants that may or may not work, or you can get a plug kit and do it yourself to buy it a little time, but even this is against my advice. Life is too short to drive on shitty tires.
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Originally posted by gpbst3: Try a place that sells used tires and see if you can find one with similar tread.
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