We don't repair tires here, but we recommend that a plug _and_ a patch be
used. Your garage is correct in stating that the plug will help protect the
belt package from contamination and corrosion, but we feel that an internal
patch in addition to the plug results in a more reliable repair.
We would also highly recommend that you have the tire inspected by a
professional that you trust. What with recent events of tread separations
and rollovers, you really can't be too careful.
If you get a nail that stays stuck in a tire for long enough (especially in
cold climates, with snow, ice and salt), then considerable damage can occur
to the belt package over time, whether the tire was repaired properly or
not. Tread separations are no fun, I can tell you from personal experience.
The Tire Rack, Marketing dept.
771 W. Chippewa Ave.
South Bend, IN 46614
> From: "Brian Berryhill" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Reply-To: "Brian Berryhill" <email@example.com>
> Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 13:54:38 -0600
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: Need one last opinion before i buy, STS Tires (beating a dead
> You mean RE71's last long enough to get a nail puncture? :)
> I've had at least 3 nails in my various tires... I caught all of them before
> they were flat since I check my pressures regularly and had them fixed.
> But I'm curious: What's the best type of tire repair? An interal patch or
> an external plug glued in? The last place I went to and requested a
> "patch", they ended up sticking a plug in it and gluing it in, and tried to
> convince me that once the glue cures, it will never come out, plus it keeps
> water out from rusting the steel belts. What does the Tire Rack do? And
> whats best for a tire used in autocrossing?
>> That's a good question. The RE71 is a discontinued tire, so availability
>> will become an issue at some point. We have good stock in most sizes now,
>> but that's bound to change.
>> William Loring
>>> The question I would have is:
>>> Down the road if I have a nail puncture or something that means getting
>>> another RE71, will they be available?