cyberhiker, very nice post, and i dont mean any disrespect at all, and it would be nice if every shop fixed tires like you pointed out.
that being said.
i plugged tires when i had to since i have been driving (over 20 years). during this time frame i have also brought tires to shops to have them patched when convienient.
i have asked to have tires patched, and then watched as they plug the tire (without taking it off of the rim).
i have also never had a problem with a plug i have put in myself.
recently i purchased a product called 'safety seal' which is a real nice plugging kit. its built to last, and i have used it since the purchase. depending on where you are, and the time of the need, this plugging kit can come in real handy.
i think that in order for something to oxidize you would need 3 things, moisture, air, and a metal. i would hope that the belt inside a tire would be sealed enough to eliminate the 'air' factor (arent't the belts wrapped all nice inside the rubber?). again i have plugged tires before and have never had a follow up issue with the tire after doing so, and i can sleep easy with what i did.
Last edited by billycouldride; 12-11-2002 at 02:56 PM.