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Posted: 06/16/19 08:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've used plugs only, many times, and never had a problem.

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This topic is often over thought. I don't disagree that patching is a more effective, foolproof method.
However plugging is more convenient, effective and adequate in many cases. Maybe I have been just lucky but I have plugged many tires without issue.


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DownTheAvenue wrote:

The industry standard is a patch, not a plug.


Actually the industry standard is a "plug patch" which both plugs the hole and patches the inner area of the tire where it needs to hold air. Plugs and patches by themselves are hack repairs.

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CapriRacer wrote:

I'm the guy who ruins the statistics. I've had 2 plugs fail out of 4.


And for the record, you’re the guy who claims to know more about tires than the Michelin man himself.


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Posted: 06/16/19 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've used the Camel repair kit a dozen times over my lifetime. Not a single failure and all tires went their normal lifespan. If a tire is properly plugged I don't see how water could get to the steel belts. But I follow the directions exactly, and make sure the vulcanizing agent completely covers the plug, and that the plug is properly inserted and trimmed.


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On retired tire engineer, Roger Marble's RVtiresafety.net blog, he quotes NHTSA, Goodyear, Michelin & Bridgestone Firestone as all saying it can be done *IF* the correct procedure is followed and the puncture is less than a certain size. He discusses the issue here.

What is the average un-informed driver out there supposed to do when they pull into a Les Schwab and they tell you they can plug it for free and it will be fine or you can pay maybe $300 for a new one. And you could have to wait a day or longer for a matching tire to arrive.

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Posted: 06/16/19 10:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Everyone's finances are different, but I always just replace the tire (or pair of them) when I have a problem.

fwiw, I have been told that in TN plugging passenger tires (by a retail business) has been against state law for several years. Owners can still do what they want, of course......for now.

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^ I can’t find any verification that tire plugging is “illegal” anywhere. There are rules, guidelines, best practices, and there may be certain industries and businesses that have outright banned it. But, illegal? As I said, I can’t find any evidence that is the case anywhere.

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When turning wrenches to pay rent our shop plugged probably 500 tires a year with life of the tire guaranty.
I only recall one came back and we just shoved another plug in.
I carry a kit in the truck just in case.

Price was about $7 for a plug. Patch was close to $20 + balance if requested. Most went with the plug. Most plugs were done without even taking the wheel off the vehicle. Patch is time consuming.


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A plug is only meant as a temporary repair. I carry all materials and tools needed to plug a tire on the road but always dismount and patch when I get home.


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