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Old 07-16-2014, 10:47 PM   #1
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Is my new tire toast?

This question is for the guys with lots of tire knowledge. I got a brand new set of 315 Duratracs exactly one week ago. Today I noticed I picked up a piece of aluminum in my front driver tire. I could hear a slight leak, so I ran it up to a chain tire shop. They took a look at it and said no way would they patch it. That the hole is too big. I went to another chain tire shop across the street and they told me the same thing. Then I went to a privately owned shop and they said no problem and put a patch/plug combo on it. No leaks, seems to be fine.

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The piece of aluminum was 1/2" wide and 1/16" thick. It punctured right in the very middle of the tire. It went in at an angle, so I'm not sure of the entire width punctured or just the corner of it.

Should I be worried that this thing is going to rip apart on the highway? Am I just out a brand new tire?

Last thing, I had my buddy's shop install them when I was up in Colorado last week. So, no road hazards and I can't just go back to where I got them.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks

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Old 07-16-2014, 10:51 PM   #2
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I had a piece of steel about that size. It was patched at a jiffy lube. Let some air out, fill it with a canister of fix-a-flat, re inflate, and move it to the back axle. If it blows, a rear is much safer. Monitor it periodically, and if it makes it a few thousand miles your probably clear to rotate it to the front again. Good luck

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Old 07-16-2014, 10:54 PM   #3
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I personally would not trust a repair to a hole 1/2in" long you might consider hanging it for a spare just my $.02 worth
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:57 PM   #4
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I had a piece of steel about that size. It was patched at a jiffy lube. Let some air out, fill it with a canister of fix-a-flat, re inflate, and move it to the back axle. If it blows, a rear is much safer. Monitor it periodically, and if it makes it a few thousand miles your probably clear to rotate it to the front again. Good luck
Where on earth did you hear that a flat on the rear was safer than the front? Nothing could be farther from the truth
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:04 PM   #5
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Throwing it on as a dedicated spare is my plan for now. However, I like to rotate the spare in to get more mileage out of the set, so I'm wondering if that's probably ok to do, or play it safe and keep it back there for emergencies only.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:23 AM   #6
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you have to remember that chain tire shops have lawyers, insurance, company policy, public image, etc to deal with. they will call a tire "bad" that really isnt, for liability reasons. a patch in an offroad tire is not the same as a patch in a 25" street tire on a honda, but their employees are trained to treat them all the same.

I took this 37 in to a big chain store with an 8" steel rod that had punctured it. the rod pretty much went lug to lug, never punctured the tire. they wanted to replace it. I ended up getting a free 37 because of my warranty, I managed to talk them into letting me keep the "bad tire", although I was told to never come back lol

I still drive 85 on this tire.

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How in the HELL did you get that in a tire!!??
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:32 AM   #8
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How in the HELL did you get that in a tire!!??
that was my question exactly. I have a hunch though, a lot of construction near my house. the one way in and out of the neighborhood has a newly constructed bridge, the railing has a bunch of vertical metal rods and I believe this is some of the scrap. for perspective that picture was taken from the rear of the jeep, so maybe it was kicked up by the front tire and the planets were aligned perfectly etc

but still, it's a blunt rod!
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Big chain stores have a lot of policies such as no spacers and not doing risky patch jobs because they have big pockets so they are a target. The cut was in the tread not the sidewall it is unlikely the tire will blow up. It's more likely it will just start leaking air. Run moderate but safe tire pressure and don't air down too far and roll on it as long as it lasts.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:44 AM   #12
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It wasn't my daily, but I managed to put a hole in one of my old super swampers on my TJ. It was a bottle jack handle. It was still inside the tire when we broke it down. We put a big ass patch on it and it still held air till the day I sold em on the Jeep. I let the new owner know and he drove on it pretty much everywhere.

Off topic kinda, I was in my project mini truck the other day just riding around. Left from a red light and a truck with trailer was beside me. He got just ahead of me when a whole box of roofing tacks fell off the trailer. Got all 4 of my tires. One tire had over 50 tacks in it. Tires had less than 200 miles on em. I did managed to find out who he worked for and his boss bought me some new ones. And he bought about 5 other sets on other peoples also, lol.
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:33 PM   #13
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Can't you just take it back to the tire shop you bought the tires from for free repair or replacement?

Can't imagine any shop refusing a week old tire replacement.
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:04 PM   #14
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Throwing it on as a dedicated spare is my plan for now. However, I like to rotate the spare in to get more mileage out of the set, so I'm wondering if that's probably ok to do, or play it safe and keep it back there for emergencies only.
If it was my tire, I would get rid of it. How much is a safe tire worth to you, and I know it's expensive, but getting a blow out can be much more of a headache or worse. To answer your question, I would keep it for emergencies only. That's a good size hole. There's no reason to risk you and/or your family on it. As far as the post regarding the rear tire, that's not true and nonsense at best. There's a good reason why a lot on this forum get road hazard coverage, even though it didn't apply in your case.

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