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      04-16-2008, 06:46 AM   #1
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nail in my run flats!

guys: i have had a million nails before (i work in real estate and construction) but never on a set of run flats.

just clarifying, RUN FLATS can be plugged. yes? i know, it may be a stooopz question

please...a yes or no, no flame posts!

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      04-16-2008, 07:35 AM   #2
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Yeah but that looks pretty close to the sidewall, guess its up to the shop.
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      04-16-2008, 10:12 AM   #3
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I've heard no, call some tire shops and ask.
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      04-16-2008, 10:27 AM   #4
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yea looks close to a side wall some shops might do it. or do it your self go buy one of those self repair kits.
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      04-16-2008, 11:25 AM   #5
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it can but that nail is way too close to the side wall. replacment will be my guess
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No way, I just had one in the exact same area, it is in the side wall support. I don't think even a no name tire repair place would repair that one and you would not want them to.
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Not sure about the RFT (though I would try it on my own car). In any case, that is too close to the sidewall. Looks like a new tire for you.
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that's a little close to the sidewall......not a lot of shops will repair that because of the risk of liability.....
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Yeah but that looks pretty close to the sidewall, guess its up to the shop.
+1 I wouldn't risk it...but if you bought the tire insurance, just have the dealership replace it. Unfortunately, most (if not all) will not replace both front tires, so they will wear unevenly...if you're concerned about that.
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Officially: No repairs permitted on Run Flat Tires. Tires can be sent to Bridgestone to be reviewed under a form of X-ray inspection to see if it can be repaired. If you're going to go through that hassel, might as well as replace the tire (the car sits on jacks while you wait for the results? )

Un-official: No plug. If it is to be repaired, it must be patched from the inside.

In your case, as everyone has said, it looks way to close to the side for any type of repair. Never give the tire to someone that hasn't worked on runflats before. You don't want to be the guinea pig for the shop.
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I had my runflat tire plugged but the nail wasn't that close to the sidewall
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i am gonna try tommorow. luckily my daily commute isn't much at all, so i am driving it around with no issue and very very little air escape.

will report back tommorow
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i am gonna try tommorow. luckily my daily commute isn't much at all, so i am driving it around with no issue and very very little air escape.

will report back tommorow
GUYS: PATCH COST ME 9.95 AND WAS DONE PROPERLY, NO ISSUES.

THE ONLY THING IS ONCE A RUN FLAT IS PATCHED, IT BECOMES A "NON RUN FLAT".

NOT BAD, BUT BETTER THAN BUYING A NEW TIRE (IT WAS 5 WEEKS OLD)!
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GUYS: PATCH COST ME 9.95 AND WAS DONE PROPERLY, NO ISSUES.

THE ONLY THING IS ONCE A RUN FLAT IS PATCHED, IT BECOMES A "NON RUN FLAT".

NOT BAD, BUT BETTER THAN BUYING A NEW TIRE (IT WAS 5 WEEKS OLD)!
Interesting. So what happens if you have a flat with that one?

I bought the wheel and tire insurance from the dealer for a measly $500. Replaces wheel or tire, no deductible.
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I'm in the same boat as OP. I was denied by a tire shop for them to patch it. I was wondering how you were able to patch yours. Did you do it yourself? Thanks
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I'm in the same boat as OP. I was denied by a tire shop for them to patch it. I was wondering how you were able to patch yours. Did you do it yourself? Thanks
a small gas station near my place did it for me, i work in RE Development and Construction so I visit frequently!

anyway, they simply use a needle nose plier to remove the screw, they then used the "pointy tool thing" to open the hole, they then proceeded to plug the hole.

i reset my flat tire management, and VOILA!
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here's a pic of the plug that was inserted

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