Last week, I found my RAV4's tire had gone flat flat. The culprit: a bolt in the middle of my tire's tread, right in a tread void.
I had a rope plug kit (something like Slime Tire Plug Kit) and happened to have a bike pump. I performed the rope plug and pumped up my tire back to 35 psig.
Today, I took my car to America's Tire to have the tire repair become permanent. The rep told me:
- America's Tire won't repair tires that have been rope plugged due to safety issues
- They would have to scrap the tire, and offered to sell me a new tire
I feel as if the tire is fine, and I haven't heard of rope plug repairs invalidating a tire's safety.
Is it true my tire is now a safety hazard, if it had been previously rope plugged? What should I do in this situation?