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    This question is not limited to Thunderbird owners but one my wife asked me and I, in turn, asked the tire people and now pose it here. A major cause for tire trouble is tire puncture by nails. How do the nails get in a position to actually puncture the tires? I am ordering a new tire since a big nail punctured the side wall of my tire. It looks like it was shot into the tire. The tire people said it happens quite a lot when the weather is rainy. It doesn't make sense to me but I know from years and years of punctures and slow leaks it is quite common but I still can't understand the dynamic of it.
    Last edited by Welker; Oct 9, 2018, 12:09 PM.

  • #2
    The second post in the below link seems to point in the right direction ;-)
    https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=653484
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    • #3
      Makes sense to me.
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      • #4
        I recently had nail punctures in my wife's 40K mile Escape (sidewall) and 4500 mile F150. Both were repaired by patching from the inside.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Skip View Post
          I recently had nail punctures in my wife's 40K mile Escape (sidewall) and 4500 mile F150. Both were repaired by patching from the inside.
          Sidewall patching and/or plugging is not a good idea and illegal in most places. Sidewalls and shoulders flex more than any other part of a tire and create heat that can easily compromise the repair.
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          • #6
            Back when we had the new 2012 Focus we got a nail in the side wall after having the car for 6 months. Had to replace it with a new one at the cost of $210.00. Shit happens.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by 11TH GEN View Post

              Sidewall patching and/or plugging is not a good idea and illegal in most places. Sidewalls and shoulders flex more than any other part of a tire and create heat that can easily compromise the repair.
              Amen. Time for a new tire.
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              • #8
                At work we're restricted from fixing a tire in the shoulder tread. I think most say it has to be like 3/4 inch away from the sidewall at least. We have a whole list on which tires can be repaired on our cars and which ones can't. Most loose their speed rating when repaired but Michelin can have a decent patch and maintain it's speed rating (if I remember right). My luck is that I always get a nail (or gun bullet casing) on nearly new tires.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 428PI View Post
                  My luck is that I always get a nail (or gun bullet casing) on nearly new tires.
                  And you donít even live in Chicago.
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                  • #10
                    Avoid new construction areas. Also, they wash off of new roofs and onto driveways and roads.

                    I am finding them in my yard and driveway.

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                    • #11
                      Nails I've had in the past have not been in the sidewalls but in the treads. Most have been patched successfully and run for a long time afterwards. but blowouts have happened at other times and left holes in the tires that can't be patched.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 5bird7 View Post
                        Nails I've had in the past have not been in the sidewalls but in the treads. Most have been patched successfully and run for a long time afterwards. but blowouts have happened at other times and left holes in the tires that can't be patched.
                        Blowouts are usually the cause of a high speed puncture. I can't tell you how many tires I have looked at where the sidewalls are completely destroyed and the tread has a clean puncture in it. That's what happens when all the air escapes out of a tire at 65 + mph.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 11TH GEN View Post

                          Blowouts are usually the cause of a high speed puncture. I can't tell you how many tires I have looked at where the sidewalls are completely destroyed and the tread has a clean puncture in it. That's what happens when all the air escapes out of a tire at 65 + mph.
                          One of my blowouts was from road debris aka unknowingly driving over a short bungy cord with hooks at both ends. One hook caught in the tread and ripped it open.with a "twang" when it let go. I was probably doing 60 at the time and slowing down for a light..
                          The other wasn't really a blow out but a slow leak from a worn out old tire that was coming apart and I made it to a parking lot where it let the rest of the air out... and left part of the tire on the parking lot in the process.
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