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Old 12-03-2015, 03:52 AM
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Can you plug or patch run flats?

What would happen in a pinch? 2000 mi. brand new effing tires and the L.F. light came on.
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Old 12-03-2015, 04:06 AM
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Go to and independent tire shop. .. The big b scare with RFT repair is if it ever really went flat and you actually drove on it. ..

I successfully had plugged two nail holes in my RFT's and put over 15000 more miles on them before they wore out and I could replace with non RFT's
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:57 AM
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What would happen in a pinch? 2000 mi. brand new effing tires and the L.F. light came on.

Depends on the tire brand and on the shop. What brand do you have? Several of the manufacturers have language that they "don't recommend repair", correspondingly many shops would not do it because of liability concerns. For instance Discount tire won't repair Pirellis.

Also, in some cases there is short term road hazard warranty with the tire. Again example with Pirelli - 1 year or within the first 2/32 of the thread free replacement, then prorated.
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:32 PM
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Old 12-03-2015, 07:31 PM
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They are Conti's. I have a plug kit. Or should it be patched?
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:03 PM
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They are Conti's. I have a plug kit. Or should it be patched?
I think Continental is free replacement (first year/first 2/32 wear). Check your particular one on tirerack, they usually list all the warranties. You have only 2k miles, try to get a new tire. The dealer most likely will tell you there is no such thing, so I go to one of the big tire retailers.
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:44 PM
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My wife's Conti RF's were plugged last week. At least we can buy some time before we buy 4 new ones now.


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Old 12-04-2015, 02:16 PM
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Believe me when these wear out ,no more run flats for me. The ride sucks compared to most tires and I will keep a plug kit and compressor on board should I need it.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:43 PM
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My bro patched his nail hole in 500 miles, it is just too new to get a new one. Tire shop didn't give him any problem.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:48 AM
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What would happen in a pinch? 2000 mi. brand new effing tires and the L.F. light came on.
Did you check the tire pressure? It could just be an issue with the tire pressure warning system. Tires gradually loose pressure over time and if you've had some cold weather, that will lower it further. May only need pumping to proper pressure and resetting the warning system.
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Old 12-06-2015, 06:32 AM
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Old 12-06-2015, 06:59 AM
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Nice shiny screw head looking at me.
OK. If you did not drive with the tire flat but just a bit low on pressure, you should be able to patch it. A plug is only temporary. Proper repair is to take the tire off the wheel and apply a patch to the inside.
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:43 PM
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Or you can use a plug that's meant to be inserted from the outside....
Search pocket plug repair on Amazon
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Old 12-07-2015, 05:15 AM
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Or you can use a plug that's meant to be inserted from the outside....
Search pocket plug repair on Amazon
Not recommended. Read this.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=77
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:41 AM
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Haven't seen that before, thanks for letting me know. I'll have to keep it in mind when I get a flat.
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Old 12-07-2015, 11:02 AM
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Nice shiny screw head looking at me.
Why don't you try to get a new tire? You said all of your tires are practically new, so there are no issues with different threads remaining.
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What would happen in a pinch? 2000 mi. brand new effing tires and the L.F. light came on.
OLD POST BUT WORTH A REPLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS!

Depending on brand and tire ... your BMW dealer is not a tire store but can handle tire manufacturer tire warranties ... Story similar to yours - I had 2 Conti RFTs replaced with new at no cost to me (incl mounting and re-balancing!) in separate incidents after punctures - one by nail - one by screw ... both in outer tread section. the kind of puncture that most reputable tire shops should not repair even in a conventional tire.

SOooooo investigate your tire manufacturer warranty - you might be in for a pleasant surprise!
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There is more profit is selling tires than repairing them. Find a shop that services customers' tires.
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What would happen in a pinch? 2000 mi. brand new effing tires and the L.F. light came on.
1. get a plug kit : easy to DIY
2. if nail in in the safe zone of the tire, you can repair but have to go to little shop. Large tire shop won't repair as they prefer to sell you a new tire
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I've tried two plug kits: dynaplug and the old slime kits. The Dynaplug was expensive and hugely disappointing. Never sealed the hole which was a nail puncture. The slime kit seemingly did the job but had a slow leak that caused a flat tire overnight. There is no replacement for a tire guy putting in a plug/patch on the inside. I do carry the slime kit in all my cars now with an air compressor because I do think it's easy to use and can get you out of a pickle at least temporarily.
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