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I have a small screw lodged in my front tire. I have left it in for now, but feel I should do something :( ... Does anyone recommend exterior plugs?
 

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Re: Advice needed: screw in tire

Nevinsimon said:
I have a small screw lodged in my front tire. I have left it in for now, but feel I should do something :( ... Does anyone recommend exterior plugs?
nope, not if you drive the thing like a Maserati should be driven
 

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I use plugs in other cars but I wouldn't dare in the Maserati regardless of how close to the tirewall the screw is.

In your shoes I'd replace the tire.
 

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Honestly, I'd replace the tire. I've popped 4 tires in the last year and I'm tired of taking chances with these things. I allways check for nails or screws under my tires before I leave a public place I've parked at.
 

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Maserati of Ontario apparently has some new plug process which they reccomend, subject to their examination of the size/penetration -- I'm going up there tomorrow to see them and will report back. May wind up replacing anyway as you all have advised.
 

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Fixed! Maserati of Ontario repaired the tire with a special type of plug mounted from inside the tire -- it has an an interior patch and sealanton the inside of the tire, and a lug that goes into the hole they drilled. They assured me this was the right way to repair this. Cost for plug: $7. Cost for labour: $80.
 

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Nevinsimon said:
Fixed! Maserati of Ontario repaired the tire with a special type of plug mounted from inside the tire -- it has an an interior patch and sealanton the inside of the tire, and a lug that goes into the hole they drilled. They assured me this was the right way to repair this. Cost for plug: $7. Cost for labour: $80.
Thanks, I think we all learned something here!
 

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I'd probably err on the side of replacing the tire if you drive at 100 MPH+ at times given the incremental cost difference of a new tire.
 

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While this fix may be more than suitable for commuting around town, please be aware that a tire loses its, "Speed rating," once punctured. Thus, if this was a Z-rated tire, the only way to retain the performance characteristics of that tire is to replace it. Knowing how I drive, I never repair a tire anymore. We down in the Naples, Florida area have seen an enormous amount of construction these past few years, with concomitant tire hazards i.e. nails, screws, tools, etc. I just get the road hazard warranty from the tire installer and have it replaced at a pro-rata expense. Just my two cents.
 

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The fix from inside the tire keeps the same speed rating (RTA approved).

Just had one done on my rear tire. Providing the sidewall isn't damaged from underinflation or the screw/nail itself, they plug it from the inside and then put a patch over the back of that.

Mine was free at Discount Tire, including the remount/rebalance.
 
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