Found small screw MXV4 tire

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by jaynews, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. jaynews

    jaynews Guest

    Today, when parked at Home Depot (who I suspect doesn't sweep the parking
    lots frequently enough), I happened to notice a small screw stuck in my
    front drivers-side tire. The tire did not seem flat (in fact it was
    overinflated slightly), but I had just got the car inspected in NJ and maybe
    they inflate the tires as part of the inspection (who knows).

    Anyway, I removed the screw by turning counter-clockwise with a pair or
    pliers. I estimate that the screw was stuck in around 3/16ths of an inch
    (maybe as much as 1/4" though). It was in one of the deep gaps that
    surround the circumferance of the tire, but was sticking in at an angle.
    The diameter of the screw may have been as much as 1/8" (including the
    threads) depending on how far in it actually was.

    I plan on putting some soapy water onto the small hole where the screw was.
    If I don't find any evidence of leakage, and the tire doesn't lose pressure
    more than other tires, then the question is:

    Should I:

    1) Do nothing


    2) Put a dab of sealant on the OUTSIDE just to help protect the area in case
    I run over debris there. If so, then what do I use (silicone, or something


    3) Take the tire to a repair shop and have it patched from the inside as a
    pre-emptive measure


    jaynews, Nov 10, 2006
  2. jaynews

    Steppenwolf Guest

    Give it the soapy water treatment, or just spit on the hole, to see if the
    screw has made it through the belts and breached the tire's air chamber. If
    no bubbles, don't worry about it. If you see bubbles, have a tire shop
    repair it. If you are a normal driver, it'll not be of any significant
    concern. If you try for a new land speed record every time you get behind
    the wheel, ask the experts at the tire shop; they'll just love to sell you a
    new tire. Even if it is patched or plugged, the chances of a catastrophic
    failure are slight. It is commendable that you are paying attention to your
    tires. Many people don't bother to look at them until they are flat
    Steppenwolf, Nov 10, 2006
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