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02-04-2004 08:09 PM #1
Driving on patched tire?
I've got a question about driving on a punctured tire. I've got the 68M style rims on my 330Ci, copped a nail in the right rear one(245 wide), and had the dealer patch it, but they left the spare (225 wide) on the car, and the old tire in the boot. How safe is that, and which is safer, driving on a patched tire or mismatched tires? I do a lot of freeway driving, ~60 miles/hour. There's not that much life left in the tire, but I want to maxmimise it. The tires are Michelin Pilot Sports, the one with the v-shaped tread. Thanks in advance!
02-04-2004 08:36 PM #2
02-04-2004 09:11 PM #3
Re: Driving on patched tire?
Well I also have a patched tire. I have my front-right POS all-season Goodyear Eagle RS-A patched. And what I did was I as soon as it was patched, I continued driving. I've driven at many speeds - 50km/h, 190km/h and there's no difference. Seems pretty safe.
In my opinion, traction was uneven when I had the spare on. Now, in your case, not only does the spare have more tread, but it's a different size, too. That's a no-no.
Drive with the patched. It's safe at least for the next 3 months I'd say.
02-04-2004 09:15 PM #4
no way that i would do that
at 50 or 60 mph i want good tires, same tires that respond equally in an emergency steering or braking situation. Different tires perform unpredictably on the car, maybe ok at slow speeds, but even than i would not do it. Also if the patch was not done right, from the inside, that is a problem. This is assuming it is a small nail whole. Large damage to the rubber, and good by tire--would not take chance of tire blowing out at 60 or 70 mph and accident resulting.
That is my 2 cents. PS If you want to sense what two different size tires/different brands might feel like at high speeds put your sneaker on one foot and your dress shoe on the other, and walk around for a few hours.
02-04-2004 10:09 PM #5
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02-05-2004 01:15 AM #8
02-05-2004 07:16 AM #9
Re: How much are tires cost you where trunck called
I am amazed that people come on here with 2 cents worth opinions that fly in the face common sense and go against the stated opinion of experts in the field. Years of experience driving patched tires lead me to believe that they are safe. Hell, it's only a rubber plug. This namby pamby crap about "it's unsafe, so go buy a new set of tires" is just the kind of crap that forces the cowards of the world to waste their money.
02-05-2004 09:38 AM #10
02-05-2004 11:32 AM #11
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Re: Driving on patched tire?
drive with the patched tire!! I had a tire patched locally before and they guaranteed it for the life of the tire, or they would replace the tire for free (if the patch caused a blowout). Why would you want to drive on the spare? Its not the right size and it has a different amount of tread on it?
02-05-2004 01:45 PM #12
Properly patched tire is just fine
The key here is properly patched. If a professional tire store did it from the inside, and if the hole is in the tread, not sidewall, you're just fine.
Anyone telling you something else is trying to sell you a new tire. Think about it.
I've had many, many, MANY patched tires over the years, and not had a single one fail. Heck, I ran something like 5 autocrosses on a patched tire last year - no problem.
02-05-2004 03:22 PM #13
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