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Hole in Tire, What can I do now

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Hi everyone I have a nail that went in the tire, rather than a nail its a screw more like but its doing significant damage closed to the side wall
I bought some plugs and I want some feedback if it will make it or not

and since the tires are run flat, I want to know what will happen if the plugs are gone..
Here are some uploaded pics


Thanks so much!

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Take the screw out and see if the tire is leaking. It may just be a very short screw.
Has the tire lost pressure?

If so, how far and how fast have you driven on it when 'flat'?

People will say "yeah, I've patched that ", but it is too close to the shoulder for my tastes

A
First take the screw out -- with luck it might be (as said) a very short screw. If not, then a new tire (probably all four since it looks like you might be getting close anyway) is in the offing. Personally I would repair it but others would not since it is getting close to the sidewall -- although that is a pretty thick part of the tread it is in.:tsk:
It hasn't lost any pressure, and I haven't been in the flat circumstance yet

looks to me its a little screw rather than a nail.

Should i pull it out and try plugs or leave it the way it is lol

cars at about 14k miles

these are the manufacturer original run flats
First take the screw out -- with luck it might be (as said) a very short screw. If not, then a new tire (probably all four since it looks like you might be getting close anyway) is in the offing. Personally I would repair it but others would not since it is getting close to the sidewall -- although that is a pretty thick part of the tread it is in.:tsk:
I would bring it to a tire shop, but I bet you'll need to replace it. Don't just leave it in and continue driving your vehicle.
Is it within the warranty period on the tires. Not the "extended" warranty that you purchase but the actual warranty that was in the paperwork of the new vehicle.

I had a screw in my tire after only two months. I called the dealer and they said "bring it in but we will likely charge you for a new tire." I said "what about the warranty?" They said "what warranty?"

There is a manufacture's warranty that the dealer should honor but they often don't. Check it out.
It hasn't lost any pressure, and I haven't been in the flat circumstance yet

looks to me its a little screw rather than a nail.

Should i pull it out and try plugs or leave it the way it is lol

cars at about 14k miles

these are the manufacturer original run flats
If you take that to a tire shop and it's within an inch of the side wall they will tell you it's bad and needs replaced. Just by the look of it I would say that will be what happens. Now if you plugg it and want to try it I would atleast move it to the back . In the last several years they claim it's best to keep bad tires up front but myself I would put it on the back.
Pull the screw and if it does not leak I would just use the tire. I have done that on several tires without problems. If it does leak you need a new tire.

Chuck
Can you clarify a bit on that warranty?

All i know was my dealer was trying to sell me this 2k tire warranty that we didn't buy

I usually don't buy any warrantys
i make the finance people mad lol
Is it within the warranty period on the tires. Not the "extended" warranty that you purchase but the actual warranty that was in the paperwork of the new vehicle.

I had a screw in my tire after only two months. I called the dealer and they said "bring it in but we will likely charge you for a new tire." I said "what about the warranty?" They said "what warranty?"

There is a manufacture's warranty that the dealer should honor but they often don't. Check it out.
If its a cap screw -- which is what it looks like -- then unscrew it to remove it. That way if it starts "hissing" you can just screw it back in and take it to a tire shop without having a flat. As I said earlier, you look to be almost due for tires anyway so replacing all of them might be the way to go -- and not "shaving" the new replacement to match the other three worn tires (keeping the X-drive sweet). The tire warranty is a tire mfg warranty that is in the package of "stuff" you get when buying the car. Some tire companies provide this warranty others do not. You have to look and see what you have. It is not related to the BMW tire/wheel warranty the F&I people try to sell you (to finance their Cancun holiday) along with paint protection and the rest of added dealer profit enhancements.:angel:
what BRAND and MODEL are those tires? That will define the warranty, You coulkd not be lazy and look it up youself..it is on the tire warranty cd that came with your car!

The issue with these kinds of posts is MANAGING the end game...if you pull it out and the tire deflates you MUST do something in the next 2 hours or you will not have a car to drive. Hence, you are stuck buying a super retial tire from a BMW dealer or tire store if they have one. And then they'll try and convince you that replacing only one will damage your AWD system!

If you yourself have a plug kit, then my plan would be this:

1. Remove it
2. If it doesnt leak, start shopping for 4 tires at your leisure. Repalce tires as needed

or
2 It leaks- plug it.
3. Shop for a pair of tires for that axle. .
4. When tire arrives - no rush shipping, ordered from the cheapest online store- have them replaced.
5. Retain the one good tire with 'legal tread' for possible future emergency use

I have 5 cars two tractors and a trailer. Wife hates it, but I have a large rack in the barn where I store a selection of tires for various scenarios. Spare wheels, track wheels, etc.

A
These are the original michelin run flats that the dealer came with
Its only been 15k miles usually my tires last 40k miles

What kinda tires should I be looking into you suggest me to buy from tire rack?
texas weather
what BRAND and MODEL are those tires? That will define the warranty, You coulkd not be lazy and look it up youself..it is on the tire warranty cd that came with your car!

The issue with these kinds of posts is MANAGING the end game...if you pull it out and the tire deflates you MUST do something in the next 2 hours or you will not have a car to drive. Hence, you are stuck buying a super retial tire from a BMW dealer or tire store if they have one. And then they'll try and convince you that replacing only one will damage your AWD system!

If you yourself have a plug kit, then my plan would be this:

1. Remove it
2. If it doesnt leak, start shopping for 4 tires at your leisure. Repalce tires as needed

or
2 It leaks- plug it.
3. Shop for a pair of tires for that axle. .
4. When tire arrives - no rush shipping, ordered from the cheapest online store- have them replaced.
5. Retain the one good tire with 'legal tread' for possible future emergency use

I have 5 cars two tractors and a trailer. Wife hates it, but I have a large rack in the barn where I store a selection of tires for various scenarios. Spare wheels, track wheels, etc.

A
Those are the best tires BMW ships on the X5. I had them on both mine

I like the Michelin Latitude RFT (ZP is what they call it). I got 30k on my 2010X5. Wife driven. Size is 255/50 19 as I recalled.

In terms of how long THOSE will last on YOUR car with YOUR alignment..it's easy. WHAT IS THE TREAD DEPTH ACROSS THE TIRE? Or, if easier, what is the minimum tread depth?

Take this # in mm subtract 2, and then divide by 10. Then take 15k and divide by THAT fraction- the number will be the total miles to go from 10mm to 2mm, which is the minimum tread depth. (Although I would not drive in snow and ice with less than 3mm personally)

A
Pull out the screw and wipe soapy water over the area and see if it bubbles. No bubbles no leaks.
And what does he do IF it bubbles??????
Pull out the screw and wipe soapy water over the area and see if it bubbles. No bubbles no leaks.
As far as I know, you can't fix run flat tires.
Put the screw back in and put more air in the tire.

Chuck
And what does he do IF it bubbles??????
No
No
No

BS promulgated by BMW to lower their liability and increase their sales of wheel and tire warranty programs.

AFAIK, all RF manufacturers allow repairs

As far as I know, you can't fix run flat tires.
Put the screw back in and put more air in the tire.

Chuck
Ah, the old 'metal plug'...

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