Now, these are really nice tires my dad bought us for Christmas a few years ago. They are rated for 80,000 miles and they are nowhere near the end of their life so we took them over to a tire place to see if we could get it patched. Unfortunately, the answer was a no since the hole was too close to the side wall, but they suggested we get a tire patch and do it ourselves. I was skeptical but the guy said that it would hold an it was much cheaper than getting two new tires so we decided to give it a go.
I picked up a tire patch kit at an auto store and then Nate got to patching everything up. First Nate pulled out the nail using needle nose pliers.
Look how big that nail is!
Then he used the tool in the kit that roughs up the edges of the holes so the patch would stick.
Then he fed the piece of patch (a rubbery material) through a very large needle with a slit on the end. He pushed the needle through the hole in the tire and then yanked hard so that the slit in the needle would slip over the patch piece and come out of the tire. He trimmed the patch piece down to the surface of the tire, pumped the tire back up and then he was done!
We have now driven around on the patched tire for about a week and a half with no air loss. We're hopeful that this will be the final fix and we're happy that it only cost $7!