tire patching has been found to be a new liability issue with lawyers
years ago we always plugged or patched and rode on
now....it seems that many shops WILL NOT even put a patch to it,
and a plug?......ha! liability, like it or hate it.
I had a good friend of mine, also a terrific mechanic, and very small SUZUKI Shop owner when asked to patch a tire, he stated, only on a dirt bike!
Road bikes, he never would.
Used to piss of customers to all hell, but when he explained that the damage is not the leak, or leaking air, but the damage is what you cannot see.
It is the bands or fiber cords, steel bead assemblys, etc that get just a little bit of damage.
He would say such as this, that particular is rated for xxx pounds, and xx psi, and cleared approved for xx miles per hour.
Now I was an engineer before this life, and I understand numbers, tolerances, extremes etc......but I will tell you this....that engineer that designed that tire CANNOT TELL YOU how much those numbers above are reduced by just 1 little cut or slit toany of those internal components........he cannot, and I cannot. Therefore, I will not patch or repair your tire because I will not put you back on the road THAT MAY BE an unsafe condition.
But, I will sell and mount you a new tire at 10% discount!
He had a few guys stomp out BECAUSE THEY KNEW BETTER, or so they thought.
But he also sold lots of tires, and also made lots of new customers.
He built a very nice SUZUKIDealership from scratch, non-existent.
Now, tell me this all.....WHAT IF your patched/plugged tire lets go, and lets go quickly.
And it tosses you and the wife/or daughter or girl friend.
And she gets JUST say, permanent road rash on her back, arms & legs, and her beautiful face........permanent, forever roadrash.
Not a serious injury, but permanent. And you get to tell her you took her riding on a tire that had been damaged, and that may have been unsafe.
But you had decided it was safe, you the tire expert, you the cheap skate.
Tires are cheap, we only have 2.....the risk, no matter who has done it, no matter how far you have gone, the risk is not worth the "what if" if it fails.
Shoot guys, who mounts up the latest 35" retreads on their jacked up 50K pickup?
why skimp on a lousy 150 buck rear tire????