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Old 05-25-2018, 03:11 PM   #1
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Plugging a tire

So we completed our trip from Pennsylvania to Arizona and back last month. The Goodyear Endurance tires performed great except I picked up a screw in one about a 100 miles from home. Certainly glad I had a TPMS for the trailer tires. Anyways my question is, is it ok to plug a trailer tire? They are 215/75-14 radials load D. I'm thinking if I can, I will just use it as a spare tire.
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Old 05-25-2018, 03:24 PM   #2
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Personally I would not use a plug. Break it down and patch it from the inside.
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Plugs are ok for temp fix, IMHO. I carry a plug kit. Proper full fix is to patch it properly from the inside.
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I have had tires plugged on my vehicle tires and never had a problem.
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Old 05-25-2018, 04:17 PM   #5
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I've plugged many of my tires in the past working construction and do carry a plug kit and compressor with me when we travel. As of now though I've not needed to use it when travelling.

On my work truck I currently have probably 5 plugs in each tire and haven't had a issue with this set and can't really ever think of having a issue with past sets over the last 25 years. I do buy only BFG or Michelin tires though too so maybe that helps also with the plugs.
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Plugs are ok for temp fix, IMHO. I carry a plug kit. Proper full fix is to patch it properly from the inside.


That really the right way to fix a flat.
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Another vote for inside patch and then use as spare.
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They make a patch/plug for radial tires.

It seals the tire where the air needs to be sealed and fills the hole thru the tread and cords to keep water from pushing in between them.

That's the proper fix.
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Take the wheel and tire to any tire shop. They can easily plug it from the inside, test it for leaks and reapply a fix if it needs it.

I would use it, but that is me. The recommendation to use it as a spare is the better recommendation.
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So we completed our trip from Pennsylvania to Arizona and back last month. The Goodyear Endurance tires performed great except I picked up a screw in one about a 100 miles from home. Certainly glad I had a TPMS for the trailer tires. Anyways my question is, is it ok to plug a trailer tire? They are 215/75-14 radials load D. I'm thinking if I can, I will just use it as a spare tire.
You can use it as a spare if you want but there's nothing wrong with patching and using it.
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Personally I would not use a plug. Break it down and patch it from the inside.
Ditto. Plugging damages the tire Doubly so if it is a radial
A proper Patch does not damage the tire.

Source: More tire experts than I can list in the space provided. Basically every one of them I have ever spoken to.
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Ok, thanks. I just needed to know if it would be safe to use. I will have it patched.
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Trailer tires are so cheap I would just use it as a spare and get a new one.
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Trailer tires are so cheap I would just use it as a spare and get a new one.
They are Goodyear Endurance tires, so they aren't exactly cheap. Already had it patched this morning and it's now my spare.
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