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I dont want to come off sounding like a dumb blonde(no offense to the smart women), but do tire plugs last. I got up sunday and my tire was all the way flat. Aired it back up, but it leaked out in about a day and half. Just got it plugged today. Its on the inside of the tire on the side. Havent put the tire back on, but so far it isnt leaking. A new tire is going to run about $200. I got Toyo OpenCountry A/T 285/60/18.
 

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If the hole is on your sidewall you cannot plug it, you need a new tire.
 

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I took it to the local A1 tire shop, they plugged it. I took it to walmart, they said they wouldnt replug the sidewall, but then again they didnt find the hole. Is it not safe to plug the sidewall or something, or is it supposed to be patched?
 

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when a side wall is damaged like that it should be scraped

go get another tire
 

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LoudPipes said:
I dont want to come off sounding like a dumb blonde(no offense to the smart women), but do tire plugs last?
not on sidewall, that's why reputable company won't do it....lucky it lasted you a day and a half .... don't use it
 

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I went ahead and got a new tire. Rather spend the 200 and get new tire then risk having a blowout Thanks for advice.
 

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Glad you got a new tire. You were a blow out waiting to happen. I would never use A1 tire shop ever again if they were willing to plug a hole in the sidewall.
 

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I agree. I've had tires plugged, but all in the treads. I'd never plug a sidewall. Way too much force applied there, especially when turning. The plugs in the treads have never failed me, however.

Just FYI, it's illegal to plug a V- or Z- rated tire, for any reason. They can be patched, which requires the tire be removed from the wheel, but never plugs for obvious reasons.
 

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You should never plug a sidewall on an automobile tire.

Plugs do work though, I have an ATV tire that has 5 plugs in one hole, on the sidewall. It has been holding fine thus far, only losing about 2#/month.
 

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I've been using the cheap tar rope plugs for years and never had any problems. They've saved me a flat tire many a time in the middle of nowhere.
Always keep a plug kit in your truck, especially if you're in construction.
 
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