Originally Posted by rav4sport2010
Originally Posted by SteVTEC
Yeah put a plug in the tire and use that tire as the spare.
The problem is...the nail puncture IS REPAIRABLE...but the fact that we drove 30 feet on it destroyed the side walls...to the point that the service tech said that he didn't even want to try and inflate it as the SIDE WALLS were that bad...and didn't know if they could handle the pressure of being fully inflated.
That is what my question was...the nail puncture isn't the problem...it's the side walls being destroyed that quickly is the problem...
That's not a likely sounding story. Can you bring the flat tire to a tire store and see what their opinion is of it?
While we're here, how about a story of how tough tires really are. Some years back, I used to regularly do high performance driving events. They ranged from driving school type formats to plain hot lapping at various race tracks. Usually, a driving event would mean going completely through an $800 set of tires.
There were a couple of guys who I saw semi-regularly at these driving events, and they would sometimes show up with mismatched tires and such. I finally found out that they worked at a tire store, took high performance tires that had been punctured and deemed "unrepairable", repaired them, and ran them down to the cords at these events. Never one incident that I saw or heard of involving one of those repaired tires, and that includes running at speeds up to probably 130 MPH, cornering at and past the traction limits, and running at tire pressures exceeding the manufacturer's recommendation.
I understand that manufacturers need to be careful about litigation, but what I took away from that is that tire neglect (that includes underinflation) is way worse on a tire than significant overinflation (usually 50 PSI in a 44 PSI rated tire) and then running it at high speed.