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Old 11-02-2013, 02:25 AM   #1
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Patch/Tube Help On Goodyear Duratrac Spare

I got a free 33x12.5x15 Goodyear Duratrac from my fathers work for a spare and within a week some vandal decided to stab a whole in the sidewall. Thankfully it was only in the free spare, but now I have a deflated spare tire chilling on my rear spare mount and it looks like crap. Instead of buying a new one I figured a spare is just a spare, so any ideas on the best way to patch or tube this?

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Old 11-02-2013, 04:56 AM   #2
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If it's a small, straight hole, you can patch it with a proper mushroom style patch like the ones that pull through from the inside and is stitched/vulcanized to the surfaces after its prepped properly. --T--
The tire needs to be taken off the rim and prepped properly to do this way right for sure, and if it's angled or bigger than a screw/nail on the sidewall, I'd toss it personally...
We used to do this as a Techcan/Hunter/BMW certified tire techs, and with the proper equipment and products the tire will still keep it's speed rating. Not many shops will even try though as they don't usually have the right stuff/knowledge, but we did it at the BMW dealer I worked at all the time, and never had a return or issue. Don't know if they still do this, as I've not stayed in touch with the dealer or tire industry so much and have moved on to different things...

With that being said, I think most tire companies have started saying no to any repairs in the sidewall at all now, as they are harder to do properly, and more critical part of the tire structure, and cause blow outs if done wrong. If it's a spare that most likely won't be used, or perhaps only to get you off a trail etc I'd be tempted to find a place to fix it (perhaps a truck tire place), but you'd be doing so at your own risk.
Truck compaines still do it, as thats what I see now instead of those lovely BMWs, but I've not looked into detail the difference in process in a while

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Old 11-02-2013, 05:04 AM   #3
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IMO that tire should be replaced.....I found a local shop that will sell road hazard lifetime balance and rotation...it is usually about $15 per tire...all my vehicles have that. and with the free rotation balancing I have them do it every time I change my oil
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
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This is not correct.

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If it's a small, straight hole, you can patch it with a proper mushroom style patch like the ones that pull through from the inside and is stitched/vulcanized to the surfaces after its prepped properly. --T--
The tire needs to be taken off the rim and prepped properly to do this way right for sure, and if it's angled or bigger than a screw/nail on the sidewall, I'd toss it personally...
We used to do this as a Techcan/Hunter/BMW certified tire techs, and with the proper equipment and products the tire will still keep it's speed rating. Not many shops will even try though as they don't usually have the right stuff/knowledge, but we did it at the BMW dealer I worked at all the time, and never had a return or issue. Don't know if they still do this, as I've not stayed in touch with the dealer or tire industry so much and have moved on to different things...

With that being said, I think most tire companies have started saying no to any repairs in the sidewall at all now, as they are harder to do properly, and more critical part of the tire structure, and cause blow outs if done wrong. If it's a spare that most likely won't be used, or perhaps only to get you off a trail etc I'd be tempted to find a place to fix it (perhaps a truck tire place), but you'd be doing so at your own risk.
Truck compaines still do it, as thats what I see now instead of those lovely BMWs, but I've not looked into detail the difference in process in a while
You cannot safely repair a sidewall stab with a knife to a tire... Once the cords and inner liner are cut its done... The tire "SAFELY" cannot support the weight and abuse that a tire goes through using it on the road.. So do not do this.. If you have any questions or concerns please notify a reputable tire store for your final decision. You don't just put your life at danger think about the lady with three kids coming home when your tire blows out and you run into them at 60 miles a hour.
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:57 AM   #5
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I was more or less thinking that I could repair the side wall for the use of just getting my jeep to a safer place or off someplace until I place a new tire on. Didnt plan on driving on it like a normal tire at all.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #6
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I'd take it to a few shops and see what they say. As I mentioned most all but a truck shop or retread place will say no most likely as they don't have the knowledge or equipment to do it right, but it can be done...
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:08 PM   #7
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I'm in the same dumpster. Some low life must have used an ice pick on my spare's sidewall. No reputable tire shop would patch it.

Silverbullet2014 set me straight with the proper reasoning. I'd rather not risk somebody else's misfortune for my cheap repair.

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