jadnashuanh wrote:Since you had the tire dismounted, why didn't you put in an industry standard plug patch? Do that once, and it doesn't leak, won't let moisture into the carcass, or degrade the tire further.
The driver side tire after ~36k miles was worn out:
- inner, shallow groove had disappeared
- middle groove was just about at the wear bars
- outer groove was shallow
I was planning to replace both rear tires and had the news ones already from Tire Rack. I was waiting for good weather.
The passenger side tire was less worn, ~25k miles. The original hit some road debris that sliced the sidewall. I prefer tires matched for tread depth and wear.
This also gave me a chance to test the jack and tire changing procedure. I found the 3/8" ratchet wrench failed to take off the lug bolts by 'clicking under load.' So I went with a break-over which worked perfectly. I will include a socket sized to replace the pump receiver and throw out the original, jack handle.