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      10-08-2012, 09:42 AM   #1
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Hello, all.

I have a slow leak in the right rear tire of my competition package wheel.

Suggestions on a competent repair shop to repair the tire (assuming it's repairable)? Fairfax BMW wanted $105 minimum. That's unacceptable for a simple patch and plug.

I can bring the wheel to the shop, but I am concerned that the normal Joe Blow tire shop will damage the wheel.

Thanks.
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      10-08-2012, 03:39 PM   #2
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Buy a plug kit for $10 and do it yourself. If they want $105, I'd say they are going to vulcanize. You might be able to cut that price in half if you went somewhere else. I plugged the rear tire on my M3... had 219 wheels on it at the time, but still you aren"t removing the tire from the rim, so how would the wheels be affected?
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go to a gas station it should be 10-15 $

there is a japanese auto place between ballston and clarendon, i paid 10-15 at the time there for a plug to my ps2
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      10-09-2012, 04:30 AM   #4
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I want the tire both plugged and patched from the inside. That is the proper way to repair it, and it requires that the tire be removed from the rim.
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For 105, that's a deal. Hour worth of work to "properly" do it... not sure what the big deal is.
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I want the tire both plugged and patched from the inside. That is the proper way to repair it, and it requires that the tire be removed from the rim.
If it's a patch and plug, try any Mr.Tire or a shop with a Roadforce balance.

Mr.Tire patches tires for free (with coupon) and they've done a great job to date with no damage to wheels. It's all subjective as to where and who works on your wheel.
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      10-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #7
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For 105, that's a deal. Hour worth of work to "properly" do it... not sure what the big deal is.
If I bring in a tire, that's 20 minutes tops by a guy with a high school education. Properly done, it should not be more than 40ish dollars.

105 is not a deal in my book; it's robbery. If you pay 400 to mount and balance new tires, you're getting taken.
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If it's a patch and plug, try any Mr.Tire or a shop with a Roadforce balance.

Mr.Tire patches tires for free (with coupon) and they've done a great job to date with no damage to wheels. It's all subjective as to where and who works on your wheel.
I had great luck with Mr Tire when they were an independent shop. I liked the shop on Columbia Pike. Maybe I'll try them.
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^^ive taken my car to that mr tire a couple times. Each time they were courtious and the service was prompt.
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15-20 mins max to get the job done, an hr if the tech is an idiot
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Mr. Tire, Columbia Pike. Fifteen minutes, no damage to wheel, plugged and patched, balanced, $41. Very satisfied.
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Hey guys,

I just got my car inspected (it passed) but the guy told me there was a nail in one of the rear tires. It wasn't punched through, but that I should get it fixed (I forgot if he said patched or plugged). I called a couple Mr. Tires, including the one that the OP went to on Columbia Pike - they all said they do not PLUG tires, rather, they Patch. The guy said it was much better than plugging, which I'm not sure about?

Anyone have any insight?
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      07-21-2013, 06:38 AM   #13
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when they say they patch it's probably a patch plug. picture a mushroom where the large part is inside the tire and the stalk protrudes through the puncture. a plug is just the stalk part that is inserted with a tool without dismounting the tires.
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yep, just go to Mr. Tire If they're not open today, keep it inflated
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