> TireD@needagoodyear.com wrote:
> I've also read there are two methods - the patch and the plug.
> Any comments and prices?
Ironically, my recommendation is the patch/plug. It is one large patch
that has a conical rubber "plug" molded to the center and perpendicular
to the patch surface. There is a disposable metal sheath over the plug
section to aid in pulling it through the hole in the tread. The patch
finally is drawn to the inside of the tire and seals in the
conventional way (with the use of a tire buffer and vulcanizing
I would have to assume that these free repairs at tire chain stores are
of the plug variety. Plugs are great if you do them right. Patches
are actually harder to get right and require dismantling the tire, but
when done right they are very sound.
I would not want or expect any service for free, nor would I trust the
quality of free work being performed. Additionally, I would never
trust a tire chain store to do *anything* unless I new the mechanic
personally and was comfortable with his abilities.
Toyota MDT in MO.