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Old 08-04-2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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Screw removed from tire. No leak. No worries?

Goodyear G670 245/70 x 19.5. Date code 0513. Mileage is less than 3000 miles. Tire mounted on inner right rear.

Unscrewed a self tapping #8 screw that was embedded about 3\8 inch. The resulting hole is in the groove portion of the tread, in between two raised rib sections that contact the road. There is no air leaking from the tire. The local gooyear tech said that it should be OK but I should keep an eye on it.

The tire sidewall says "regroovable" so I'm guessing that means more meat in the area where the screw was.

Leave it alone? Spend the time to get it plugged? Replace it? We're driving 500 miles to home next Sunday.

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Old 08-04-2014, 11:06 AM   #2
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Best fix is to get it patched on inside. Not only is that going to prevent potential future leaks, but is better than a plug.

I would recommend to fix it right and avoid problems. It may leak once the tire is flexing going down the road if you just leave it. Plug is better than nothing, but patch is best.

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Old 08-04-2014, 02:26 PM   #3
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The screw obviously didn't go all the way through, so there would be no hole inside the tire to patch. Sounds like you should be OK!
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:22 PM   #4
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Hard to know if it went into the cords. If it did I would not risk it.

I did just that on my race car trailer recently. Moisture migrated into the cords and made the tire delaminate. I just caught it by shear luck probably minutes before it exploded.

The tire had less than 200 miles on it when we found the screw and removed it. We kept it in the trailer for an emergency for about 4 years. After we put it back on it made about 300 miles before it went south.
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Old 08-05-2014, 04:07 PM   #5
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No hole , no patch, no harm.

As the tech said drive it but keep an eye on it. We RVer's keep an eye on our tires anyhow. I'm sure at 3/8 of in inch its probably not even as deep as the tread.
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I've pulled a half of a pair of pliers out of a truck tire BUT that truck was used at town speed, so keep an eye on pressures. I have never had a problem with Plugs, but I put them in. I have even double plugged holes and run them at highway speed without troubles. Even my DW can plug a truck tire - its funny to watch - but she can do it. Bottom line - if it doesn't lose air, don't worry about it - if it does, repair it as you can afford to - patch costs more than a plug - remember to include 'peace of mind' into the equation.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:29 AM   #7
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When I drove big truck I pulled countless small pieces of metal out of tires. If the metal did not penetrate to the inside, no problem. I would mark the sidewall and keep an eye on it, using soapy water, for a few days to confirm.

Note ........ if anything penetrates the sidewall, that is a different story .......... tread is ok however IMO
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:45 PM   #8
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Drove over 400 miles yesterday. At one point all the tire pressures were up 10 psi due to temps. So looks like it's OK but I will sure be even more diligent with pressure checking from now on.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:58 PM   #9
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I had a chassis bolt lodged in a truck tire once. Backed it out and listened for air escaping, no air came out, had those tires on with no problem until they wore out. Had another tire that had a wood screw in it, back it out and heard air, screwed it back in, drove home and plugged the tire.

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