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So yesterday the tire pressure monitoring system(tpms) light came on and I pulled it over and looked at the tires. They all looked OK. Afterward, I checked the air pressure in them and the right two tires were low. So I basically filled up all the tires to 32 PSI. The light would not go away.

So today, I checked again and the front right tire is at 14 PSI. After I took my car to one of the tire chains, they say that the nail is in the sidewall and cannot be repaired. This is unfortunate because I need my car and have to drive long distances. They had one Falken tire but I said to just put on the spare.

What are some good possible solutions? I am thinking about going to my Mazda dealership tomorrow and getting the same Eagle tire if it is available. If not, I'll get what they have.
 

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Do you not have any kind of warranty on your tires ? where did you buy them / were they already on the car ?

Discount tire has a plan where a nail in a sidewall will be replaced at a prorated price.

I had the same thing happen and under my warranty the tire only cost me $15 for a new one after a year of driving and lots of miles.

You might want to consider Discount tire, get 1 tire for now with the warranty and then replace your others as needed or all at once.
 

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From the fact that he mentioned the Goodyears (shiver) I'm guessing he has the stock tires. The tire needs to be replaced, no question about that. How many miles on the tires? If there aren't too many you can get away with replacing just one, otherwise I'd recommend replacing that and the opposite one on the same axle.
 

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[quote author=TEKWATCH link=topic=136686.msg2946077#msg2946077 date=1235004934]
Do you not have any kind of warranty on your tires ? where did you buy them / were they already on the car ?

Discount tire has a plan where a nail in a sidewall will be replaced at a prorated price.

I had the same thing happen and under my warranty the tire only cost me $15 for a new one after a year of driving and lots of miles.

You might want to consider Discount tire, get 1 tire for now with the warranty and then replace your others as needed or all at once.
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OEM tires do not come with Road Hazard warranties. The OP should just get a matching Eagle. If he can't find one, then two tires. Bad idea to mix tires on an axle.

BTW, Road Hazard warranties, unless you live in an area that is just one big pot hole or in a new development (think contractors and the crap that comes out of their truck, esp. nails.) are a complete waste of money. When I ran the tire store (one of the chains) we made tons of money on the road hazard. The odds are pretty good that you will never have to use it. We charged 10% of the cost of the tires and maybe paid out 20% of those dollars in tire replacements.

IOW, if I sold 200 tires at $50 each and sold the road hazard on all of them, I would bring in $1000. If I then paid out $200 in replacement tires, I would have given away 4 tires, or 2% of what was sold originally. Just like the casinos, the odds favor the house when it comes to road hazard warranties.
 

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Well I for one am glad I have the warranty, it has already paid for itself, I like knowing my tires will be replaced if something like this happens.

I have had several nails since I owned my car.

It is not needed, you are correct, but it cost so much to replace just 1 tire.
 

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Thank you guys, I have the stock tires so I will try to get the matching Eagle. Do most Mazda dealerships carry the Eagle tires?
 

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On the first 600 miles with the car I had a bolt on the front tire... (the dealer replaced it for free due to the paperwork not being finalized) then I got a damn nail on the same new tire!... Discount Tire wouldnt fix it because it was too close to the sidewall... they say its illegal... well a local tire shop fixed it for 15 bucks with a "special" patch... 5000 miles later still good.
 

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[quote author=espn2829 link=topic=136686.msg2946237#msg2946237 date=1235008915]
Hmmm, maybe I should try a different local shop. Thanks.
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There's a difference between thanox2's "too close to the sidewall", and your nail IN the sidewall. You can't patch the sidewall because as it flexes during turns the patch will be unable to keep a good seal. This could cause catastrophic failure of the tire while turning which could equal you crashing your car. Just replace the tire.
 

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yeah i would get a new tire. I have about 4 plugs in 1 of my tires. did the job but im getting a new set this summer.
 

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[quote author=icspots link=topic=136686.msg2969893#msg2969893 date=1235968900]
[quote author=waweezy link=topic=136686.msg2969787#msg2969787 date=1235966169]
take the nail out.

go to kragen or autozone and get the green slime. worked hella good for me.
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That's not supposed to be a long term fix, and screws with the balance of the tire.
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Not to mention it drives the guy at the tire store nuts when he has to clean up the mess the slime makes of the wheel when he has to replace that tire.
 
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