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Nail in tire, 19" Continental Tires!

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by whydontwe, Jan 28, 2019.

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  1. whydontwe

    whydontwe Member

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    I just noticed some flapping sound when driving my MR3. I checked the tires and noted that the rear tire has a nail in it. I checked the tire pressure on the screen and it seems to not be leaking any air. Is this repairable, considering the location of the nail? Or, replacement needed?
     

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  2. Vintre

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    Totally repairable. Bring it to a tire shop or your local mechanic. They will patch it for you.

    Nails in the sidewall are not repairable. Yours is in the tread.

    Good luck,

    Vin
     
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  3. jcadman22

    jcadman22 Tesla Owners Club Mid Atlantic

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    FYI - The 19" Continentals have a noise reducing foam liner. The hole is still repairable, just a bit tougher to plug.
     
  4. Uncle Paul

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    Two issues. First you will need to see if the nail has indeed punctured the tire. Sometimes it is just a short roofing nail that will not penetrate all the way in.

    Repairs usually entail taking the tire off the rim and inserting, from the inside, a special plug with an adhesive glob to effect a long lasting seal. The glob will not stick to the quieting foam, so it will need to be totally removed at that spot and ground down to the bare rubber with a powered burr. Then they will ream out the hole with a calibrated sizer to make the best possible repair...good as new. (almost)

    Some places like Discount tire will do repairs for free, otherwise expect $20-30 for the repair (still totally worth it)
     
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  5. mrau

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    Good point on the nail may not have punctured tire. However, don't pull the nail out until you are someplace you are prepared to have a flat tire....like tire shop or home. Should be easy repair if needed. Good luck.
     
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  6. Glamisduner

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    Tesla wanted like $54 or 52. the valve stem seal also had to be replaced, so now i have one that is a different color than the others, but discount patched it for free. I had an error when they were done and i took it back and they reset all the sensors while the car was on which cleared the service light a few miles fires the road when i did a hard acceleration.
     
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    Totally repairable and usually becomes as good as before. I had a nail in my tire get plugged, refilled with nitrogen and mounted back for $12 at Costco.

    I've heard some shops might not know what to do about the foam on the inside but they can just peel it back to patch the hole then glue it back or just cut it off. It's only there for some noise insulation.
     
  8. SendMikey

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    Tesla charged me $50 and now it's leaking again. I'd definitely try somewhere else.
     
  9. M423

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    you can patch it up but a plug will not work

     
  10. whydontwe

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    Just got back from a local tire shop in the East LA area. They patched it and charged me $35, and no leaking as of now.
     
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  11. 03DSG

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    You can use a mini combi plug. That’s what Conti recommends on their website. Basically a combo plug/patch.
     

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