So your tires got a nasty hole! Alas, what’s a driver to do? Well, ultimately you’re going to have to replace your tire. But what if you want to drive on it for a period of time? You’ve got a couple options: you can patch or you can plug. Here’s some info:
To Plug or Not to Plug
At least one article suggests that tire plugs are not the way to go if you’ve got a damaged tire. A plug will expand or contract at different rates from a given tire, and this can cause full-on blowout. Many people nevertheless still think of plugs before they think of patches, but the next time you’ve got a damaged tire, you might want to think twice before you reach for the plug.
The Winner = Patch
Patching a tire isn’t like patching a pair of jeans. Actually it kind of is. If your jeans were made of rubber, that is. A tire patch goes on the inside of the tire, which means the air pressure inside the tire pushes the patch outward. Contrast this to the unreliable plug, and you can see why the patch is preferable.
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