So I just noticed that a tire of mine has a nail in the sidewall.
Q: Can I replace just the one tire? The tires are relatively new, and far from needing replacement.
Graffi wrote:This happened to me when our 2013 Leaf was about 6-months old. The nail was in the tread but close to the edge so the tire shop would not patch. I paid $200 for a new tire. Afterwards I remembered that I had a tire repair kit that I had been using for cross-country trips in case of problems in the middle of nowhere.
Looking back, I could have plugged the leak myself and saved the $200, At about 45,000 miles the same thing happened again. This time I did use the plug kit after the tire shop would not repair it. It worked great and no problems for the next 5.000 miles until my wife was rear-ended and the Insurance company totaled the Leaf. The good news in all if this is that i was planning to get all 4 tires replaced within a week or two when the accident happened so at least I saved loosing almost $1,000 on new tires.
I was told that the reason they will not repair tires that have a leak close to the side-wall is that there is the chance that it will start leaking again and they do not want that warranty issue. Well, if you plug it yourself then you do not worry about the warranty, either it works and no problems, or it does not and you do have to change the tire. in my case it did work and I think it would have worked 3 years earlier if I had thought to do it then.