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Old 04-28-2009, 05:47 PM   #1
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Default Plugging the sidewall of a tire?

I've plugged several tires in my life with no problems but they have always been on the treaded part of the tire. I recall being told you can't plug the sidewall of a tire. Is that correct and could someone tell me why?

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Old 04-28-2009, 05:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: Plugging the sidewall of a tire?

I've heard that too and wish I could remember the reason why but I want to say it could lead to a blow out or sidewall failure or something like that
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I've plugged several tires in my life with no problems but they have always been on the treaded part of the tire. I recall being told you can't plug the sidewall of a tire. Is that correct and could someone tell me why?

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I've heard the same thing. Probably because there is a lot of flexing and loads going in different directions on the sidewall. I wouldnt attempt to plug it.
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The flexing of the sidewall will cause the plug to come out. You can put a boot on the inside but it will throw the balance way off and it also tends to fail. A hole in the sidewall is the end of the tire for use on a road car.
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The flexing of the sidewall will cause the plug to come out. You can put a boot on the inside but it will throw the balance way off and it also tends to fail. A hole in the sidewall is the end of the tire for use on a road car.
It can be used as a swing on a nice big tree. Or something else that fans of The Shield might remember.
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i work at discount tire and you CANNOT PLUG THE SIDEWALL.

maybe the shoulder if it's a michillin with an extended belt package.


in a steel belted thire there are thousands of steel wire when a tire is puncture in that package the wires are exposed and if you stick a screw driver or probe in there and wiggle it you can hear them. When you plug it, the plug is meant to grab on the ste exposed belt (that's why you ream it, to remove some rubber and expsoe them more.)

now... you CAN plug it... but itll probly blow out on you, put the spare on... if the front is the one with the problem, rotate the full size back tire to the front and put the spare on the back to help you diff in the tranny out.


hope this helps and good luck.
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A plug on the sidewall will hold air. But like it has been said, its not recommended for prolonged use.

BTW, I worked briefly at Discount Tire. It sucked
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Thanks for the information. Tire is pretty much done for! As a matter of fact we already have one hanging from a tree out front! Wonder if BF Goodrich has any kind kind of warranty for something like this? The tires aren't that old. You guys from Discount Tire have any information?
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unless i sold it to you ; ) or another discount.....

im actually a journeymen electrician but was laid off about 9 mos ago so i got in there from a cousin.
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Thanks for the information. Tire is pretty much done for! As a matter of fact we already have one hanging from a tree out front! Wonder if BF Goodrich has any kind kind of warranty for something like this? The tires aren't that old. You guys from Discount Tire have any information?
When I ran over a huge file with my BF Goodrich tire the road hazard warranty I bought from the tire shop covered the cost of the tire itself. I still had to pay for balancing, tax and the warranty again. It came to $36 instead of $100.
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Thanks guys. I bought these from Tire Rack and did not purchase any "Road Hazard" warranty.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:57 AM   #12
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It has to do with the loading of the tires and the flex of the side walls. They're under a tremendous amount of force that is constantly chancing in intensity and direction. You stand a good chance of it losing air, and a decent chance of the side wall failing catastrophically. Think about the implications of that at highway speeds.
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