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Old 04-20-2016, 12:31 PM   #1
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My 2016 Scamp 13 inch tire has a nail in it.
Every tire repair place said they do not repair trailer tires.
How are you repairing new tires with a nail in it???

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Old 04-20-2016, 12:38 PM   #2
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You replace it.
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:57 PM   #3
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Glenn is correct. If you want an incorrect repair you shove one of those plugs in that looks like a piece of rope. A good repair is you use a special drill to ream out the hole, pull a rubber plug through, grind it smooth on the inside and a patch over that and a sealer on the patch. That's standard procedure on big truck tires and why sometimes you see big chunks of tire tread along the road.
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:15 PM   #4
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I can't think of a reason to exclude trailer tires from being repaired just because they are trailer tires. Some tire damage is not repairable for safety reasons. A nail puncture close to the edge of the tread should not be repaired because the patch would be partially on the sidewall of the tire and the sidewall flexes so the patch could fail. If the tire is too old (judgement call) or the tread depth is below the legal limit it cant be repaired. If the tire is worn badly on one side and has plenty of tread on the other side, it still can't be repaired because of legal requirements.
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:15 PM   #5
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We've had 6 tire "nails" in 16 years.

We carry a plug kit with us from Walmarts. It comes with a hand reamer and a plug insertion tool. We pull out the nail or screw after letting a little air out, ream the hole a little and push a plug in. (Plugs are basically a cord with some rubber like goop on them.)

We cut off the portion that protrudes from the top side near the surface of the tire, anything above the surface will wear away. We fill the tire with air (we carry a small 12 volt compressor). We put a little water on it to see if it leaks. We re-install the tire. There has never been a problem with a repaired tire on our vehicles.

It's comforting to know that when we're away from anywhere we are able to make simple repairs that have worked, every time.

I should note when we re-mount the tire we torque the lug nuts. As well we have pressure sensors on our tires and see leaks before they go literally flat, Ginny's job to watch the tire sensor display when we're driving.

Of course a previously abused or fully used tire should not be repaired, however you shouldn't be driving on it. We check our tires before every significant trip, including pressure and wear,and replace tires that wear oddly,
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Been doing it the same way as Honda every since those self pluggers have come out and have Never had a problem. The kit comes with the reamer.

If you try it and the tire still goes flat then it's time for a new tire.

Back in the 50s, we use to put a BOOT inside the tire but I don't think anyone is doing that today.
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Seems to me that if tire repair places won't do it, that is for safety reasons. That particular tire is at issue, not that it is a trailer tire.
We have no idea how old it is or in what condition, but we love to give advice.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:27 PM   #8
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Seems to me that if tire repair places won't do it, that is for safety reasons...
Or liability reasons… which is not quite the same thing.

Come to think of it, I haven't had a repairable tire failure. Ever. There was always some reason I had to have a new tire. I was kind of surprised when my wife had a nail in the first tread groove of near-new Michelins (1.5" in from the edge of the tread) I was told they would not repair it because it was too close to the sidewall. A brand new identical Michelin was $16 after the warranty adjustment, so I shrugged my shoulders and coughed up...

We live in the post-Firestone world.
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Or liability reasons… which is not quite the same thing.

Come to think of it, I haven't had a repairable tire failure. Ever. There was always some reason I had to have a new tire.

We live in the post-Firestone world.
Funny enough I had a Firestone tire that was nearing the end of its tread life repaired at the tire shop in Bandon Oregon last year after it developed a slow leak due to a nail puncture.

Had a less than new Marathon trailer tire fixed locally the other day as well.

I would want to know the actual reason why the tire shop would not repair a new trailer tire before i stuck a plug in it myself.
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After reading a thread where Norm talked of repairing tires, I decided to carry a small air pump and a repair kit. While I have spares for both the truck and the trailer, it's nice to have options. Besides, the air pump let's me add air where I want rather than having to maneuver to a gas station pump. The repair kit has yet to see use. Raz
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Do you mean you did not carry air pump before???
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Do you mean you did not carry air pump before???
That's correct.
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I'm a tire paranoid guy. I never have old tires, or worn tires on our trailer or tow vehicle. I regularly adjust air pressure and monitor trailer tire pressure as we drive.

I carry the plug kit because we often travel places where there is no local repair place.

It works for common nail and screw repairs.

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I carry the plug kit because we often travel places where there is no local repair place.

It works for common nail and screw repairs.
Over the years I used those plug kits many times on our cars. A couple of years ago we had a flat on the truck (2013) and its TPMS reported immediately and saved me lot of grief and cost. I fixed the tire right on the rim, pumped it up and was on the way. This was on the gravel section of the Translabrador Highway. I think it was a sharp rock, or a sliver of steel from the blade of one of those constantly used graders. There are not many people around. Service stations? None.
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