removed nail - did not lose pressure

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by feathered, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. feathered

    feathered Been here awhile

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    Seemingly simple question but my google-fu is failing me and the site search here is just crashing so..

    I was checking my tire pressure today and found a nice nail in the center of the rear. It was a good 1/2 to 1/3 inch in, but was at a severe angle rather than straight down, so it's hard to say how deep it actually was. I yanked it out and have been checking the pressure every few hours - it hasn't changed.

    Now what? Do I need to plug the hole with something (what?)? Do I need to take it to a dealer and replace/patch the tire?

    edit: the obvious answer is 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'. thank you for the reassurance, all. Maybe I can get a bedtime story too? ;)
    I was not mechanically inclined at all before my first bike, and I've learned the hard way to ask when I'm not sure about something motorcycle related.
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  2. 2manyrides

    2manyrides shifty charactor

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    no...:deal
    Go for a ride.
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  3. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    If you are concerned you could always ream it out and have it patched from the inside with a mushroom patch...
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  4. Switchblade315

    Switchblade315 Long timer

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    sounds to me like it didnt go inside the tire.. ride it.
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  5. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    This is an example of: "If it isn't broken; let me see if I can fix it".:rofl
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  6. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    This. Forget about it.
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  7. GSWayne

    GSWayne Old Guy nOOb

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    Spit on it and look for bubbles. I had the same thing happen and I saw a few bubbles then they stopped. I tried to get the reamer in to do a sticky string repair but it would not go in. I took the paranoid approach (I was in the middle of an 8,000 mile trip) and replaced the tire. At the dealer, I think he said (it was years ago) he could see that there was damage on the inside of the tire, so the nail had made it through and then the hole apparently sealed itself up. I probably rode about 100 miles to the dealer on it without it loosing significant air pressure.
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  8. thehomealien

    thehomealien Been here awhile

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    Try soapy water instead of spit.
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  9. Derailleur

    Derailleur Adventurer

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    If you have an already opened tube/can of rubber cement stick some in the hole, extra reinforcing is always a good thing.

    Other than that, take it for a ride, make sure to take a repair kit & pump with you though, better safe than sorry. :evil (damhik):deal
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  10. sieg

    sieg Long timer

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    If it ain't losing air WTF? Forget it, it never happened. I pulled out plenty of nails that didn't go through, mostly cars, trucks and tractors but if it went through it would leak and you would have something to fix but it didn't so you don't.
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  11. ScEd

    ScEd Dances with Deer

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    Just mark the spot and check it for unusual wear or cracking in the area. If you know the general direction the nail path took you may find a slight deformation at the adjacent sidewall area if any of the tire cords were broken. Don't be paranoid (or foolish) about it. I had a job testing motorcycle tires at one time before I was replaced by a machine.:D
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  12. KS Jay

    KS Jay Been here awhile

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    "Now what? Do I need to plug the hole with something (what?)? Do I need to take it to a dealer and replace/patch the tire?"

    Put the nail back in and try again....:D
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  13. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    RTF
    Run till fail :D
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  14. Mike Ryder

    Mike Ryder Kriegerkuh

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    Is there a chance the tire has a sealant in it? "Ride on" is in both of mine.
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