: Tire replacement



RGaret
06-04-13, 08:05 PM
I have a nail in one of my front tires. It isn't leaking air yet, but I am taking it to the dealer for inspection, repair, or replacement. My question is, if it turns out not to be repairable and needs to be replaced, do I need to replace both front tires? I have 6,500 miles on the car and these are the original tires.

ptrd
06-04-13, 09:30 PM
It's always good practice too replace both but depends on your driving habits and how much you care. I'm not going to say "you'll die if you don't" because the reality is I have done it numerous times (not in the v) and hasn't really hindered me.

That being said when I tracked cars / road raced, no fixed tires or mis-matched sets.

thebigjimsho
06-05-13, 08:28 AM
If its got less than about 20-25% wear, I'd replace the one and not worry...

RGaret
06-05-13, 09:17 AM
If its got less than about 20-25% wear, I'd replace the one and not worry...

At my current mileage I think I am about at 25% wear. I will just tell dealer to replace it. I am going there instead of a regular tire shop because I believe they will have the correct TPC spec tire for me and they aren't that far off on cost.

Gary Wells
06-05-13, 11:19 AM
When you are done, I would like to know what tire, what size, & what the cost out the door i was please?

Cadillac Cust Svc
06-05-13, 03:49 PM
At my current mileage I think I am about at 25% wear. I will just tell dealer to replace it. I am going there instead of a regular tire shop because I believe they will have the correct TPC spec tire for me and they aren't that far off on cost.

Hello RGaret,

Good luck with replacing your tire. I am sure thebigjimsho is right about not worrying about the other tire. However, since you will be at the dealership anyways, it is always a good thing to discuss any vehicle concerns or questions. Let us know how it goes!

Regards,

Laura M.
Cadillac Customer Service

Trapspeed
06-05-13, 08:43 PM
At this point, pray it's reparable.

RGaret
06-06-13, 09:18 AM
At this point, pray it's reparable.

I dodged a bullet on this one. It wasn't a nail but a really small screw. Didn't penetrate the tread. Dealer removed it for free and water tested it. No leaks. Best of all, they didn't charge me for their time. Sarant Cadillac Farmingdale, NY.

Trapspeed
06-06-13, 10:40 AM
Egg-cellent!

spearfish25
06-06-13, 12:00 PM
Black Jack tire repair kit. Buy one and never worry about nails again. I've tracked tires I've plugged myself and they hold up beautifully since the plugs self vulcanize. I bought a scissor jack to keep in the car and now I'm pretty much puncture proof. Forget buying new tires unless they have a slash in them.

pmsteinm
06-06-13, 12:54 PM
I've used the cheapo "temporary" plugs from the auto store...but only in the winter tires. Summer and/or track tires would be a different story. So far I've had 3 nails in the V, and all were in my left rear winter tire which also happens to be a run-flat. So I'm not worried about it failing.

I've used the same plug kit on my wife's BMW 3 times. All tires survived until they wore out.

RGaret
06-06-13, 01:57 PM
I've used the cheapo "temporary" plugs from the auto store...but only in the winter tires. Summer and/or track tires would be a different story. So far I've had 3 nails in the V, and all were in my left rear winter tire which also happens to be a run-flat. So I'm not worried about it failing.

I've used the same plug kit on my wife's BMW 3 times. All tires survived until they wore out.

I don't mess around with tires, winter or summer. When I attended the Cadillac event at Monticello two years ago, before I got the V, there was a lecture given by a rep from Michelin. He said these tires are repairable as long as:


Nail is not in or too close to the sidewall
Tire is removed from the rim and inspected from the inside
Patched, not plugged


I can spend $50 to save a $450 tire when done properly.

Trapspeed
06-06-13, 03:10 PM
I can spend $50 to save a $450 tire when done properly.

Exactly.

thebigjimsho
06-06-13, 04:46 PM
I've had a patch fail. I've never had a plug fail.

Blakester
06-07-13, 12:19 AM
My tire guy says patch&plug speed rated

spearfish25
06-08-13, 06:29 PM
I can tell you that I've plugged my tires about 5 times with the Blackjack kit and never had an issue. This is with multiple track days at Road America doing about 140mph on the straights (not in a V, different car).

Anyone who discredits the premium DIY plug kits just wants you to pay them for a repair or a new tire. Worst that happens with a plug coming out (and again, I've never had it happen) is you slowly get a flat. Big f'ing deal.