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Title says it all.
A couple hundred miles ago, I got a big nail right on the shoulder of one of my Yoko ES100s.
I wanted to get it repaired, and tire place says its not repairable.
From what I have been told and what I've read, my best guess is that the nail may have seriously damaged the tire's internal belts, and there is a danger of the these belts coming apart and the tire possibly blowing out.
Currently, I am driving around on this tire (it is on the rear of a FWD car - 98 Jetta) until I can get a replacement tire. It leaks air a bit, but I just keep filling it up every few days.
So, anyone have experience with shoulder or sidewall punctures leading to failure? How much should I be worried about a blowout or other tire failure?



Modified by RogueTDI at 2:31 PM 1-10-2004
 

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Re: Danger of Getting a Tire Puncture on the Shoulder (RogueTDI)

Same happened to my own Yoko ES100 this summer. Sidewall damage cannot be repaired. I ordered a new one from tirerack and drove on spare for a while.
Bottom line: your car has a full size spare. Use it.
 

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Re: Danger of Getting a Tire Puncture on the Shoulder (RogueTDI)

From my experience of working at a tire store that did many flat repairs, repairs to that area of the tire seldom work. Replace it. The tires are the only thing that connect your car to the ground; your personal safety (and those around you) aren't worth the price of a new tire.
 

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Re: Danger of Getting a Tire Puncture on the Shoulder (Slackmeister)

Quote, originally posted by Slackmeister »
From my experience of working at a tire store that did many flat repairs, repairs to that area of the tire seldom work. Replace it. The tires are the only thing that connect your car to the ground; your personal safety (and those around you) aren't worth the price of a new tire.

I own a tireshop and that statement is not entirely true. Your roof may also make contact with the ground if that nail is to let go! Use deductive logic and figure out how that might happen
 
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