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Old 5th March 2009, 11:58   #31
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Yes you dont need to buy in pairs.
Well i had the bridgestone too(potenza is the one before turanza), still there was a sidewall damage. i dont how it happened too. it was a cut in the middle of the sidewall. if i had hit a stone, my alloys also should have been damaged, but it is not !
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Old 28th May 2010, 12:08   #33
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I was riding my car today morning to meet a friend. I was overtaking a vehicle, on his right, and had to go over a small uneven patch. Even if I had noticed well up front I dont think i would have swerved to avoid the patch. The moment I went over the patch, heard a loud grating noise from the tyres. Realised all is not well, and within seconds I could hear all sorts of noises and immediately pulled over to the left side of the road. Opened windows and peeped out, and my worst fears were confirmed. The front right tyre was flat and almost crumpled.

Thankfully, the rear right was not damaged. Put on the spare tyre and continued to meet the friend and came back home. Took the flat tyre to a local puncture shop and I found deep gashes in the inner wall of the tyre and the tube was irreparable as well. The puncture guy said it is not possible to fix them.

The tyres are 155/80 13 inch tubed Goodyear GT3. The car has almost run 9k kms. Is it ok if I continue with the spare tyre in the front right. Is the uneven tread wear a source of concern?

Any other alternatives?

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Old 28th May 2010, 20:13   #34
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The side wall punctures on a tubeless tyre can be fixed with a little tact. I have a friend who owns a wheel alignment workshop near my place and he can fix the side wall punctures on a tubeless tyres by using the tubeless puncture repair kit. You should not bore the puncture on the side wall as u do on the part which is in contact with the road. you have to simply pierce the puncture repair string into the puncture hole with the tool provided for it and gently remove the tool by leaving the string there. This should fix the puncture on the side wall and once the tyre is run and heats up the string gets fixed into the puncture. I have tried the said trick quite a few times and was successful. However u can also go for a tyre patch with heat treatment but it wont last for a long time.
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Old 26th June 2010, 04:26   #35
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So I have a minor puncture (11 PSI loss in one month approx) in my 13k old yoko C.Drive. Resulted as my friend who was driving my car parked it on thorny bushes that placed on the roadside by some enterprising farmers. How I hope he did not do a repeat after softly requested him to be careful the first time round.

here is the picture of the approximate location of puncture. Size is small as the Air loss is about 11 PSI over 30 days.

What should I do and how do I stop this leak. Please do not suggest me to put a tube inside this tire? Will vulcanising / patch help to stem this leak.

As we talk, this tire is doing active duty as apart from the incovenience of filling air once a month, there is not visible damage to the tire
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^^ That doesn't exactly look like a sidewall puncture - its the outer edge of the thread. It should be repairable just like any tubeless tyre puncture.
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Old 27th June 2010, 01:43   #37
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^^ That doesn't exactly look like a sidewall puncture - its the outer edge of the thread. It should be repairable just like any tubeless tyre puncture.

The reason I have asked the question is that it is a margin case - please see

etyres - Free Repairable Area Tread Gauge : Is Your Puncture Repairable?

http://www.rma.org/getfile.cfm?ID=61&type=release



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The only safe route is to replace and not repair.
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The only safe route is to replace and not repair.
If it was a cut, I would not feel too bad. This is a pinhole puncture and cannot be observed through naked eye. The tire has lost a total of 11PSI over 30 days.

Update - I went to Ashoka tires and got a patch pasted on the tire inside. the leak has stopped for now and I am keeping my fingers crossed.
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I've got a puncture in the same location. Got it repaired and went on a LONG drive plus some bad road drives and no problem till date. I hope there wont be any problem further.

@Buffetfan : How much did ashoke guy charge you for pasting the patch?
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just get a tube inside it and it will work as a normal tyre
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Dont use a tube for heaven's sake!

And please dont use the tyre as a regular tyre if you have a patch. Patches are never 100% reliable. I would suggest you shift that tyre to the spare tyre.
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Dont use a tube for heaven's sake!

And please dont use the tyre as a regular tyre if you have a patch. Patches are never 100% reliable. I would suggest you shift that tyre to the spare tyre.
With the size of hole I have, I feel a bit comfortable in assuming that this will not pose a safety issue. If the patch fails, I will try one more time and then dump the tire and purchase another one. Yoko has launched a new version of C Drives and getting the same pattern tire might be an issue later.

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I've got a puncture in the same location. Got it repaired and went on a LONG drive plus some bad road drives and no problem till date. I hope there wont be any problem further.

@Buffetfan : How much did ashoke guy charge you for pasting the patch?
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Default Minor sidewall puncture in Yoko Tubeless Tyre

Someone punctured my new Yoko tyre on Swift (only run 800 kms)! I have HRS alloys on the Swift. Typical scene in Delhi due to parking issues!

The tyre was fully deflated and the car was standing with the sidewall puncture for a couple of days. Would this have damaged the tyre? The hole/cut seems to be small in diameter.

Since it is a new tire and a new car, should I go for putting in a tube? The spare is a new stock (Lxi). I don't want to spend on a new tire unless it is required. I also don't want a risky tyre. Suggestions?
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