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Old 05-24-2010, 08:31 PM   #1
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Quick Tire Plug Question

Hey quick question, just got my tire repaired with a plug at Pep Boys (ran over a nail and I'm in North Philly without access to tools) and they've left the excess plug sticking out roughly an inch. Wondering if I should cut it or not or if it will just eventually wear down. I'm more afraid of it pulling out and deflating. Just need to last me until Saturday and then I'll have my BF A/T's installed

on a side note I picked up four new-condition BF A/Ts for $180 on chevy six lug rims $40 for install and we're good to go.

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Old 05-24-2010, 08:42 PM   #2
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I would trim it down to your tread heighth. If it is on the sidewall, I would leave it.

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Old 05-24-2010, 08:45 PM   #3
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Those are supposed to wear off, dont mess with it too much its not gonna come out or anything.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:16 PM   #4
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if it makes u feel better just take an exacto knife and trim it down... i have never had a problem... Just no spinning tires... that will will pull them out... ive done that one my car...
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:43 AM   #5
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I just let the end hang out. I've plugged tons of tires and spending $15 to get a plug kick can really save your day.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:16 PM   #6
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They are supposed to be cut down to tread size.
Sidewall plugs are usually a no-no, especailly on daily driver, unless it's an emergency.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:57 PM   #7
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Yeah I agree with snwchris... I plug tires many many times at work. We're constantly running over nails with the equipment out there (you should try plugging a backhoe tire sometime...you gotta smack the damn thing in with a hammer like you're putting a nail into a block of wood...lol).

Here's how I plug a small hole like that....

First, get a good quality tire plug kit with the nice T-handle tools...I've found cheap kits with cheap plugs tend to leak on slightly larger holes and the T-handle tools make it much easier on small holes where you gotta use a decent bit of force to pop the plug into the hole.

Take a pair of pliers and yank the nail out...immediately shove the reamer tool into the hole and ream the hole out a few times to clean it out. If you do this fast, you won't lose much air. Leave the reamer in while you thread the plug into the insertion tool. Pull it through until there's the same amount of plugging hanging out each side. Pull the reamer tool out and immediately shove the insertion tool into the hole. Again, if you do this fast, you will spend less time airing your tire back up. DO NOT SHOVE THE PLUG CLEAR INTO THE TIRE! If you do this you're going to lose your plug inside the tire, start over. Push it down about 3/4 of the way or so until the plug is in good with an inch or so of each end of the plug hanging out of the hole and then yank the insertion tool right back out.

Trim off the plug even with the tread depth! If you don't do this, you risk the plug snagging or hanging up and ripping itself out. Yes, I've had it happen...and it's quite annoying blowing a tractor tire off the rim half a mile from the barn when you make a sharp turn and realize your plug had come out. When you trim it off, use a good pair of side cutters/wire cutters or something where you can snip it without tugging on the plug. You don't wanna yank the plug out or change the position of it and cause it to start leaking.

Some people will use vulcanizing cement on the plug right before they insert it...vulcanizing cement helps the plug "melt" itself into the hole basically permanently sealing it. Most plugs are self-vulcanizing and don't need the cement. I've found using the cement sometimes makes the plugs pop out when you yank the insertion tool out due to them not sticking inside the hole as well.

Also as mentioned above... plugging the sidewall usually won't work...and if you're using it on a vehicle you drive on the road or at higher speeds, it's quite dangerous/risky if it does hold air.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:46 PM   #8
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i thought it wasnt possible to fix a sliced sidewall?
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haha thanks guys! Nah, I actually took it over to Pep Boys and they ended up doing it for free (I have no idea why), so no complaints here.
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haha thanks guys! Nah, I actually took it over to Pep Boys and they ended up doing it for free (I have no idea why), so no complaints here.
Considering the cost of the plug...they probably figured not charging you $20 for a $.50 plug might leave you happy enough to return when you feel like shelling out some dough on your Jeep. lol

jskinn27, nope not possible...well, it may be possible, but because of how risky it is if the fix fails, I don't know of any businesses that will attempt to fix it. I know if you have tires under a road hazard warranty or whatever, if there's a hole in the tire, they will patch it (usually with an internal patch, not a plug). If the damage is on the sidewall, they will either replace the tire or if it's after x amount of miles, they'll pro-rate the cost of a replacement tire or however it's worded.
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:53 AM   #11
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Considering the cost of the plug...they probably figured not charging you $20 for a $.50 plug might leave you happy enough to return when you feel like shelling out some dough on your Jeep. lol
Apparently, Pep Boys Rewards card includes this feature for free so it makes it worth it. Considering the card is free and all
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i thought it wasnt possible to fix a sliced sidewall?
It depends on your situation. I put about 6 plugs in my friends sidewall to seal up a gash and get him home. It worked. That's why i buy an extra 20 pack of plugs.
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As jgorm said, it is often possible to temporarily seal a sidewall gash with tire plugs. I had a big 3 corner cut through one of my sidewalls and was able to get it sealed well enough to hold air but it took over 30 plugs so it pays to carry extra plugs. My spare tire was back at camp due to the trail's difficulty (Sledgehammer in Johnson Valley) a few miles away. I was lucky to make it the second half of Sledgehammer with nothing but those plugs making the tire hold air.
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As jgorm said, it is often possible to temporarily seal a sidewall gash with tire plugs. I had a big 3 corner cut through one of my sidewalls and was able to get it sealed well enough to hold air but it took over 30 plugs so it pays to carry extra plugs. My spare tire was back at camp due to the trail's difficulty (Sledgehammer in Johnson Valley) a few miles away. I was lucky to make it the second half of Sledgehammer with nothing but those plugs making the tire hold air.
Damn impressive.

I was honestly expecting someone to come in bashing plugs...that's the thing I usually see on forums...Glad not everyone is snobby about plugs...I'm all for em, they work rather well. I'm not comfortable going 140mph with one in my tire, but luckily that's not an issue w/ a Jeep.
*adding "extra plugs" to my "stuff to keep in Jeep" list.

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