In Reply to: Pug or Patch? posted by Trex on March 30, 1999 at 12:37:52:
: The screw in the tread was not long, it didn't go through, and the tire held air. Removal of the screww, of course, was done at a tire center. Interesting thing, though: the manager said they don't plug tires anymore, they patch them. Is this just a matter of charging $18.00 instead of $5.00? Is patching better? I know how a plug works, is the patch similar? Is it put on with the tire still on the rim? Your thoughts and comments are welcomed.
: Trex. '98 2.8l Z3. Bl/Bl/Tan (PeanutButter Oreo)
To patch is the proper fix, plugging is a quick, convenient budgetary repair. But remember, either method invalidates the speed rating of the tire. No consequence unless you have a blowout, accident, etc. The tire manufacturer will no longer stand behind the speed rating of the tire, nor will sanctioned events allow you if they are aware of the repair.