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Old 07-27-2004, 11:03 PM   #1
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Flat tires... nail in the sidewall common? or sabotage?

How is it possible to puncture the sidewall like this without driving through a construction scrapyard?

I suspect sabotage (for good reason) but if someone was messing with my car, wouldn't they just stick something under the tire that punctured it when I moved the car? It seems like a lot of trouble to pound a nail into the sidewall...


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Re: Flat tires... nail in the sidewall common? or sabotage?

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I suspect sabotage (for good reason) but if someone was messing with my car, wouldn't they just stick something under the tire that punctured it when I moved the car? It seems like a lot of trouble to pound a nail into the sidewall...
Sorry to see that. Maybe the saboteur tried something under the tire already and didn't succeed.

I've never seen a nail go in the sidewall before but I don't think I could say it's impossible.
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Possible yes, probable not really. Likely, probably

I have seen a sidewall punctured. On my truck about a month ago. Fortunately I was getting ready to buy new tires rather than haven just gotten them
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The photo on the left suggests a small puncture on the inside of the tire. I'd doubt anyone would bother to take the time and effort to do that when the outside is much simpler/faster.

The photo on the right shows a chewed up tire, not reflective of a small sidewall puncture unless considerably driven while deflated.

What gives?
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Re: Flat tires... nail in the sidewall common? or sabotage?

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How is it possible to puncture the sidewall like this without driving through a construction scrapyard?

I suspect sabotage (for good reason) but if someone was messing with my car, wouldn't they just stick something under the tire that punctured it when I moved the car? It seems like a lot of trouble to pound a nail into the sidewall...


Looks like you have been riding over some pretty rough stuff there buddy! That tire is hurting!

Nail on the inside sidewalll , yeah its possible. Side wall punctures are the worse because they cant' be fixed safely. I've had my share of them too!.

Out of 4 cars in the family I see at least one flat a year due to puntures from nails , screws and even bolts. Every time one happens, I start praying it's not in the sidewall!
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Where did all the damage on the side wall come from? In the first pic it's just a small hole.
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I got a nail in my sidewall a couple months ago. It happens.
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I had a nail in the sidewall of the front tire on my Vette. Also had all 4 tires slashed on a truck I owned once. I doubt anyone would do it on the inside though.
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Someone did that to you on purpose. Usually, if you get a puncture on the side, its very close to the edge of the tire, where the tread meets the sidewall. Very rarely does the sidewall past 1" get punctured. We get them quite a bit on the jobsite and I've yet to see one on the sidewall like that.

They did that to you because sidewall punctures usually mean you have to replace the tire. If you punctured the tread, you could have that fixed no problem.
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Someone did that to you on purpose. Usually, if you get a puncture on the side, its very close to the edge of the tire, where the tread meets the sidewall. Very rarely does the sidewall past 1" get punctured. We get them quite a bit on the jobsite and I've yet to see one on the sidewall like that.

They did that to you because sidewall punctures usually mean you have to replace the tire. If you punctured the tread, you could have that fixed no problem.
I have to disagree with you about this on a couple of points:

Why the inside of the tire when the "job" would be easier and quicker to do on the outside? Not to mention that you don't have to lay on the ground, under the vehicle!

How do you stick a bent nail into a tire? It's hard enough with a knife or ice pick!
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I have to disagree with you about this on a couple of points:

Why the inside of the tire when the "job" would be easier and quicker to do on the outside? Not to mention that you don't have to lay on the ground, under the vehicle!

How do you stick a bent nail into a tire? It's hard enough with a knife or ice pick!
Oh, I didn't even notice it was the inside. Looks like you're right.
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I say accident, due to inside. Most stories I have heard on slash tires is ice pick type punch on outside of sidewalls, and sometimes more than 1 tire and of more than one punch if done of purpose.
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Like the others said,looks like two different pictures above to me,a pin hole,then giant chunks.
It happens,on the freeway a nail falling out the bed of a truck can end up anywere.Looks to me like the nail fell from something,bent on impact and found your tire,maybe you were turning.Usually sabatoge is going to be two or more tires,but you never know.
One thing that looks suspicious,is the nail looks like it's barely hanging in the tire,a little driving should have tossed it off.How did it get the chunks taken out?
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Like the others said,looks like two different pictures above to me,a pin hole,then giant chunks.
It happens,on the freeway a nail falling out the bed of a truck can end up anywere.Looks to me like the nail fell from something,bent on impact and found your tire,maybe you were turning.Usually sabatoge is going to be two or more tires,but you never know.
One thing that looks suspicious,is the nail looks like it's barely hanging in the tire,a little driving should have tossed it off.How did it get the chunks taken out?
Even without the nail, that tire is no good. I wouldn't trust it to go around the block!
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