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Old 07-28-2015, 02:54 AM   #1
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Westlake Tires- Spare and plug

Ok so we got about an hour and half into journey to Yellowstone. Stopped at rest stop 15 miles east of Indianapolis, doing a basic walk around (military muscle memory). Found left rear tire was down. Used hydraulic jacks to lift that side up, portable impact wrench = 7 mins later Spare is on, and torqued. Next day stop and fixed tire. Found 3.5" pin in center of a tread, got it plugged up, held air. Drove about 3700 miles on it.
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Old 08-03-2015, 03:37 PM   #2
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I have done the same thing with no problems, if they use a good quality plug you will have no issues.
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Old 08-03-2015, 04:53 PM   #3
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Only way to fix it right for the long term is a patch. Needs to be dismounted & repaired from the inside of the tread. Yes a plug will work but it's only a short term fix. If not repaired with a patch you are just riding on borrowed time.
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Old 08-03-2015, 05:40 PM   #4
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I have used tire plugs for years and have never had one come out, the key is to use good quality plugs not the junk at walmart, the cheap ones will leak and come out. I have had them in tires for many thousands of miles with no problems. Patches can be a pain to get them to stick properly and seal, I personally have had no luck with them.
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Old 08-03-2015, 11:12 PM   #5
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I have had 100% success with tire plugs and all most ZERO success with patches. So we can agree to disagree.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:49 AM   #6
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The first tire I plugged was in 1964.

I was a pump jockey in a leasee VS franchisee gas station. The boss firmly believed that a plug was better than a patch. But if you would perfer the $2.50 fix over the 75 cent fix, by all means.

I can't count the number of my own flats that I have repair using a plug. However a plug is not just a plug it, fill it and go thing. You have to allow the plug and the adhesive to do thier thing before you go roaring down the road.

The convenient thing to do is have a flat at lunch time and fix it or you could get yourself a good quality plug kit, a good quality compressor, fix and go. Don't matter if it's Breakfast, Lunch or Supper or maybe an earlier night.
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The first tire I plugged was in 1964.

I was a pump jockey in a leasee VS franchisee gas station. The boss firmly believed that a plug was better than a patch. But if you would perfer the $2.50 fix over the 75 cent fix, by all means.

I can't count the number of my own flats that I have repair using a plug. However a plug is not just a plug it, fill it and go thing. You have to allow the plug and the adhesive to do thier thing before you go roaring down the road.

The convenient thing to do is have a flat at lunch time and fix it or you could get yourself a good quality plug kit, a good quality compressor, fix and go. Don't matter if it's Breakfast, Lunch or Supper or maybe an earlier night.
Sorry, I should have added "trim the plug down to teard level. If you don't it's likely that the plug will pull out as your driving down the road.
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:03 AM   #8
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Then there are inner tubes...

I use plugs and patches, had good success with both.

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