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Old 11-14-2015, 12:39 PM   #1
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Ack - Screw in the tag tire !

Leaving for a couple hundred mile trip this week and find this in the tag axle tire when loading up !

tire shops closed over weekend and good sam was not too much help - let me call fmca see if they will help

are they patchable? or only replace
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Old 11-14-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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If you're lucky, the screw is embedded only in the tire tread. Is the tire still inflated? Try pulling the screw. Might be OK.

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I doubt that penetrated far enough to puncture the casing or belts.
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Old 11-14-2015, 01:26 PM   #4
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Had one of those, too. Unscrew it out, test for an air leak. No air leak you are good to go. That was my case and have driven 15k miles without air loss. If it leaks air it is likely a new tire. No repairs that close to the side wall.

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I did squirt some soapy water on it and so far no air.... but will probably get a new tire lined up and wait until THEN pull the screw cuz.
I skeered to have it flat and not have a backup plan
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No big deal.. Pull it out then check for a leak. My money is on no air leak at all.
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Old 11-14-2015, 08:03 PM   #7
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I carry a tire plug kit for emergencies and have used it on several vehicles and RV's
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Just leave it as is. Take your compressor along in case it leaks and you have to top up. Not a good plan as the screw may work itself in and then you will have a flat.

As suggested, back it out a turn or so and check for a leak. If no leak back it out some more. Repeat until removed. If it starts to leak screw it back in.

I had a nail in the tag. I would pump it to 110 and drive until it was down to 80. I have a TPMS so was able to monitor it. I was able to drive about an hour before I had to top up.
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:02 PM   #9
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just tighten the screw up. :-)
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:59 PM   #10
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Measure the head to determine the diameter of the screw.

It looks like a 3/8 hex head so it is likely a number 12 sheet metal screw.

Grab it with pliers and rock it slightly with soap and see if bubbles and also try to estimate how long as the can be well over an inch long.

Do not leave in place as it could be driven into the tire or move to tear it up.

If it goes through it is in the non - repair area so it could be a Hazzard if left and cause a blowout.

Best to verify a replacement is available then pull it out and if very short and no leak call it good.

If it leaks replace tire and be lucky you found it now.
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TQ,
you underestimated !
it was 1 1/2 inches long, unscrewed it a bit and tested with soapy water and no leak.... so had a plug kit ready just so I could get it to the tire shop and backed it all the way out...

so far, no leaks, which I suspect will change as soon as I drive it to the tire shop in the morning

Thanks for all the responses, even those that were intended to be funny.
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I stated the head size and screw size.

These are common for mounting plywood to steel and are about 3/4 inches long about 1/2 the time and the length yiu have most of the rest of the time.

It may be good that it was where it was as the tread may be thickest there.

Do map it via measuring from valve stem or mark on rim so yiu can keep an eye on it as it should be on probation for now.
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Agree with keeping an eye on it. Tire shop will probably want to dismount and inspect tire. Not sure what they would be able to do but not a tire guy.

Do you have TPMS? Saved me a tire and possible coach damage.
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Let us know what the tire shop says. I know tires are very thick right where that was located but 1 1/2 inch's is getting close.
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