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Re: roofing nail in my tire..whats the best fix?? (archive)

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Posted by Dan on November 16, 1998 at 00:22:38:

In Reply to: roofing nail in my tire..whats the best fix?? posted by M3pitbull on November 15, 1998 at 18:38:27:

Many people use plugs for reasons of convenience, and they work exceedingly well. However, as the manufacturers of the plugs themselves state, they are "for temporary use only, until a proper repair can be made" (this is a direct quote from literature by one of the plug makers).
Thinks about this- the plugs are generally made of a fiberous material...similar to a candle wick, only impregnated with a compound that bonds fairly well with rubber. Wicks have the tendancy to, well, wick! As soon as the compound on the exterior of the tire wears off a bit, the next most available thing to "wick" would be water. I know I don't want water to wick its way into the steel belts on the interior of my tires. Explain that "duh, the insayud of mah tahr done rusted away". Believe it or not, it happens. Get your local Michelin rep on the horn and ask. Imho, patch works better, but only when properly applied.

: its in the back tire of my 98 m3 w/ pilots. whats the best patch or fix? I want to avoid replacing it(only 8K miles)
: thanks.

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