The other day we had the SPEED channel on in our waiting area and there was a show on the TV where they were making recommendations about various cool ways to modify your car. One of the things they mentioned was the benefit of filling your tires with nitrogen instead of air. I have always filled my tires with air and don’t have any problem checking and refilling them when necessary but every now and then people will call or come in to TEXAS TIRE SALES and ask if we offer Nitrogen Inflation. We decided to provide a little food for thought as to the benefits… or not, of putting Nitrogen in your car’s tires. Is there really a benefit or this just a way for tire dealers to squeeze a few more dollars out of the customer? You decide.
Tire tread separation is a potentially dangerous condition wherein the tread of the tire separates itself from the casing or body of the tire. Most all of the tires made for the cars, light trucks, mini vans and SUVs that we drive today are steel belted radial tires. The most common defect in steel belted radial tires is tire tread separation.
We have several people that visit Texas Tire Sales asking us to “plug” a hole in their tire. We patch tires at Texas Tire Sales but we do not “plug” tires at either of our Tire shops. I have never plugged a tire on any of my personal vehicles. I personally don’t feel that it is the safest or most effective procedure for repairing a leaking or damaged tire.
Yes, plugging a tire is cheaper than patching by about 5 or 6 dollars and that is likely the main reason many people request plugs. The old adage, “You get what you pay for” may speak volumes in this particular comparison of plugs vs patches as plugging a tire may not be less expensive in the long haul.