LeftieBiker wrote: ↑Fri May 13, 2022 12:55 pm
I believe that Plug & Patch has become SOP for tire shops when they feel the tire can be safely repaired.
Unfortunately it's not. And most refuse to do them anymore. I don't know why, that is the correct method. I think it's a liability thing, or it's too labor intensive to dismount, properly apply a patch, and then get it back on the rim in the same location so the balance stays. Or they have to balance again.
I got irritated with our local auto parts place that sells a lot of tires - pretty expensive offroad tires on my truck - used a rope plug to get it to the shop, they said they won't do ANYTHING when they're plugged that way, that they will ONLY do them with THEIR plug if it's a virgin hole (no punn lol) No slime, no rope plugs. So I could buy a new tire. Which I did, kept the old one, patched it myself, and got another wheel and had the patched tire mounted on the rim for a full size spare, which I wanted to have anyway since we end up in timbuktu where no road service will come to rescue you.
That patched tire ended up back on the truck cuz the other tires got cupped so bad (don't buy Cooper tires) and lasted the life of the tire set. It now has new Michelin LTX's on it and they're like ridng on air. But I digress.
I also got a nail hole in the fat tires on the Challenger, it also got a rope plug and it lasted the life of the tires as well.
As always, buyer beware, do your own diligence, and your mileage may vary. LOL
And get a full size spare if you have long travels!!