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Can a tire with a nail be repaired?

Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020

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Unfortunately, there are areas of the tire that cannot be repaired, such as the shoulder and the sidewall. In both of these locations, there is too much flex and movement and a plug-patch will not hold. Also, if the puncture is in the tread but the hole is larger than a quarter inch, it cannot be repaired safely.

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Simply so, how much does it cost to fix a tire with a nail in it?

On average, tire puncture repair will cost you between $10 and $20. The repair will involve getting the tire patched. Some tire dealers will repair a punctured tire for free if you purchased your tire from them. It is really a nice service to have at your disposal, and it makes you want to do business with them again.

Similarly, can you repair a tire with a nail in the sidewall? Many times, a simple object such as a nail in the tread can result in severe damage to the sidewall that cannot be seen on the outside of the tire. Puncture repairs are limited to the center of the tread area. If there are punctures or damage in the shoulder or sidewall of the tire, it is not repairable.

Correspondingly, how long can you drive with a nail in your tire?

A repair too close to the sidewall may cause a blowout if you hit a curb just right. If the nail is toward the center of the tire, you're in luck because it can be patched. I've driven close to 3 weeks with a nail in the center area of the tread.

Can you repair a tire with a nail in the shoulder?

Repair of any punctures in the shoulder and sidewall areas are not permitted. This tire has been punctured in the tread area by a screw less than 1/4" in diameter. This tire has been punctured through the shoulder area long enough ago for part of the nail head to have worn away.

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Is it better to patch or plug a tire?

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How far can you drive on a flat tire?

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Can I fix a tire with a nail in it?

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Can you replace just one tire?

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Does insurance cover nail in tire?

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Can a staple puncture a tire?

Sometimes that debris ends up in your tire, causing a puncture hole in your tire. Common items that can cause puncture holes are nails, industrial staples, and screws. Glass typically is not strong enough to put a hole in the tire, but it can damage the tread and damage the structural integrity of the tire.

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Is nail in tire covered under warranty?

tires are only ever covered for wear and manufacturers defects, just the same as the rest of your vehicle. Tire warranties are covered by the manufacturer of that tire, not the Kia dealership, so you go to the place that sells that brand of tire for any warranty coverage unless the dealer is willing to do it for you.

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Lai Herbert

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How long can you drive on a tire with a plug in it?

If all goes as planned and you have a properly plugged and patched tire, then it should last its original lifetime or the remainder of its mileage. On average, tire experts predict that a proper plug and patch can last from 7-10 years.

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Is it safe to drive on a slow leak tire?

Driving with a slow leak in your tire is potentially dangerous because it can cause a flat tire. Once the tire becomes flat, it can become a blowout hazard. Sometimes you will be able to hear the pressurized air escaping from the small hole in the tire.

Elhadji Gittelbauer

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Why can't you plug the sidewall of a tire?

Tires have cords that run all around the tread of the tire, the part the makes contact with the road. But on the sidewall, those cords aren't there. So, there's just no way for a plug to fill that hole. The patch won't hold, and it's going to continue to leak.

Chrystal Baidyuk

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How does a nail get in the sidewall of a tire?

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Pok Monaghan

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When should you not patch a tire?

Tire Repair Guidelines
  1. Repairs are limited to the tread area only. Do not repair a tire if the injury extends into the shoulder or sidewall area.
  2. A tire puncture greater than 1/4 inch (or 6mm) is not able to be repaired.
  3. A tire repair can never overlap.
  4. A tire patch, by itself, is never a suitable repair.

Hisako Aguirregoitia

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Can you drive long distance with a patched tire?

For the most part, a properly patched tire should allow you to drive safely for a long period of time. However, there still are some concerns. Here are some things to know about driving with a patched tire safety: A patch can be a stronger repair than a plug, yet it is not designed to be used on, or near a sidewall.