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Old 12-16-2005, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
TireD@needagoodyear.com
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How much to fix a flat these days?

Just went down and saw a flat on my front right tire ('95 Probe GT).
They're original tires as I hardly drive the car. I've read that one
shouldn't insert Gunk to fill the tire unless you need to get to a gas
station or tire shop to buy a new tire, as stations hate to repair anything
with that stuff inside the rubber tube.

I've also read there are two methods - the patch and the plug.

Any comments and prices?



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Old 12-17-2005, 01:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How much to fix a flat these days?

Do you have a spare that you can drive on to the shop? If you have a
discount tire near you they will patch the tire for you for free.

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Old 12-17-2005, 01:01   #3 (permalink)
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"xblazinlv" <mike@carforums.net> wrote in message
news:1134803399.788572.79710@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> Do you have a spare that you can drive on to the shop? If you have a
> discount tire near you they will patch the tire for you for free.
>
> http://www.carforums.net/
> Auto Forums

Around here they (Discount Tire) are known as America's Tire, and free here
too.


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Old 12-17-2005, 06:01   #4 (permalink)
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<TireD@needagoodyear.com> wrote in message
news:3uadnXfo__9TLz7enZ2dnUVZ_smdnZ2d@giganews.com...
> Just went down and saw a flat on my front right tire ('95 Probe GT).
> They're original tires as I hardly drive the car. I've read that one
> shouldn't insert Gunk to fill the tire unless you need to get to a gas
> station or tire shop to buy a new tire, as stations hate to repair

anything
> with that stuff inside the rubber tube.
>
> I've also read there are two methods - the patch and the plug.
>
> Any comments and prices?


I took one off my van a week or so ago and carried it to a local tire
distributor
(not Discount Tire), where they dismounted it and repaired from the inside.
Charge was $7.50.

I have used the canned inflatant in the past to get to a tire shop, and they
haven't
complained BUT I always tell them up front.

I used to use the adhesive felt strips, and plugged the tires myself. It
always
worked perfectly and I never had any problems with the method. I noticed
that
those kits now carry a statement that these are for temporary repairs. I
wouln't
hesitate to use them if I needed them.


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Old 12-17-2005, 07:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: How much to fix a flat these days?

In article <3uadnXfo__9TLz7enZ2dnUVZ_smdnZ2d@giganews.com>,
TireD@needagoodyear.com says...
> Just went down and saw a flat on my front right tire ('95 Probe GT).
> They're original tires as I hardly drive the car. I've read that one
> shouldn't insert Gunk to fill the tire unless you need to get to a gas
> station or tire shop to buy a new tire, as stations hate to repair anything
> with that stuff inside the rubber tube.
>
> I've also read there are two methods - the patch and the plug.
>
> Any comments and prices?


10-year old tires can be dangerous. Tires do age and get hard, losing
traction, flexibility, and possibly developing small cracks that can
leak. You may want to consider new tires, simply for safety reasons.

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Old 12-17-2005, 08:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: How much to fix a flat these days?

Shoe Salesman wrote:

> "xblazinlv" <mike@carforums.net> wrote in message
> news:1134803399.788572.79710@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
>
>>Do you have a spare that you can drive on to the shop? If you have a
>>discount tire near you they will patch the tire for you for free.
>>
>>http://www.carforums.net/
>>Auto Forums

>
> Around here they (Discount Tire) are known as America's Tire, and free here
> too.
>
>


Sam's Club too, for members, obviously.

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Old 12-17-2005, 10:01   #7 (permalink)
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Andrew Rossmann <andysnewsreply@no_junk.comcast.net> wrote:



>
> 10-year old tires can be dangerous. Tires do age and get hard,
> losing
> traction, flexibility, and possibly developing small cracks that can
> leak. You may want to consider new tires, simply for safety reasons.
>


Most important, the sidewall belting rots by way of those hairline cracks.

May easily blow out at an inopportune time.

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Old 12-17-2005, 11:01   #8 (permalink)
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"xblazinlv" <mike@carforums.net> wrote in news:1134803399.788572.79710
@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com:

> Do you have a spare that you can drive on to the shop?

Yes I do have the spare doughnut.


If you have a
> discount tire near you they will patch the tire for you for free.


Yes I do have the spare doughnut. Free?! Are you kidding?
I haven't found a shop or gas station that will do for free yet!
You're lucky if they offer you a cup of coffee! I have to pay 50 cents for
air in the city!
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Old 12-17-2005, 12:01   #9 (permalink)
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In article <ndSdnTe94a98xznenZ2dnUVZ_tqdnZ2d@giganews.com>,
TireD@needagoodyear.com says...
> "xblazinlv" <mike@carforums.net> wrote in news:1134803399.788572.79710
> @o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com:
>
> > Do you have a spare that you can drive on to the shop?

> Yes I do have the spare doughnut.
>
>
> If you have a
> > discount tire near you they will patch the tire for you for free.

>
> Yes I do have the spare doughnut. Free?! Are you kidding?
> I haven't found a shop or gas station that will do for free yet!
> You're lucky if they offer you a cup of coffee! I have to pay 50 cents for
> air in the city!
>

Various Les Schwab stores I have been to also do it for free. No you
don't have had to buy your tires there.
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Old 12-17-2005, 13:01   #10 (permalink)
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> 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
cement).

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.

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