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    Tire Patching - recommend a repair shop?

    I live in Canton, Georgia (North GA) and I'm new to the area. I'd like to take my Macan someplace for a tire patch. I have a very slow leak. I'd rather not take it to the dealership. I have found a Porsche repair shop that seems good, but this is just a tire patch. Also, I don't want to be told I need, not one, but two new tires, since the leak is in my sidewall and they can't fix it. (Maybe that will be the case, but ...) I was cautioned by my husband about about ruining the brakes because they don't use a torque wrench. So basically, some place that knows what they're doing on a Porsche and is more reasonable than the dealership.

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    Re: Tire Patching - recommend a repair shop?

    Quote Originally Posted by ga-lbj View Post
    I live in Canton, Georgia (North GA) and I'm new to the area. I'd like to take my Macan someplace for a tire patch. I have a very slow leak. I'd rather not take it to the dealership. I have found a Porsche repair shop that seems good, but this is just a tire patch. Also, I don't want to be told I need, not one, but two new tires, since the leak is in my sidewall and they can't fix it. (Maybe that will be the case, but ...) I was cautioned by my husband about about ruining the brakes because they don't use a torque wrench. So basically, some place that knows what they're doing on a Porsche and is more reasonable than the dealership.
    It isn't just a tire patch. Sidewall damage is very different from tread damage, and you might have a hard time finding anyone that will even try it.

    I would be looking for new tires. At least two of them.
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    Re: Tire Patching - recommend a repair shop?

    Quote Originally Posted by OttawaSteve View Post
    It isn't just a tire patch. Sidewall damage is very different from tread damage, and you might have a hard time finding anyone that will even try it.

    I would be looking for new tires. At least two of them.
    Plus one on this comment. Tire shops will not patch a sidewall for many reasons, the most important of which is liability when it doesn't do the job and causes an accident. However depending on how many miles you have on the tires, you could get away with buying just one. My own rule of thumb is if the tires have less than 5K or so miles on them, buying only one tire will be fine.
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    Re: Tire Patching - recommend a repair shop?

    Sidewall damage should not be repaired. If you find a shop that says they’ll fix sidewall damage - RUN. There’s a lot of stress and flexing going on in the sidewall.

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    Re: Tire Patching - recommend a repair shop?

    Quote Originally Posted by ga-lbj View Post
    Also, I don't want to be told I need, not one, but two new tires, since the leak is in my sidewall and they can't fix it. (Maybe that will be the case, but ...)
    Are you actually saying you know the leak is in your sidewall or are you concerned they will tell you that in order to sell you new tires?
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    Re: Tire Patching - recommend a repair shop?

    Patching a tire is a straightforward repair. Any reputable tire shop e.g. Discount Tire, etc.can do it, and will be able to determine whether or not it is safely repairable, as shown in the previous post. Just insist they use a torque wrench with a soft socket to tighten the lug bolts to factory specification. The repaired tire should also be balanced.
    If the tire is not repairable, then you'll need to decide if one or two new tires is required. Generally speaking, if the opposite side [good] tire is worn ~50% or more, you should consider replacing both tires. You'll ideally want to stay with the same make, model, and N specification tire as originally installed, or update one or both tires to the next higher N designation. If the tire(s) need to be ordered, a reputable shop can temporarily install a used replacement tire to function as a spare until the order arrives. Just stay off the autobahn or race track until the mismatched tires are replaced.Tire Patching - recommend a repair shop?


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    Re: Tire Patching - recommend a repair shop?

    I asked a Porsche enthusiast friend. He said that Mavis Tire (formerly Kauffman Tire) was a reliable shop. There are several locations near me in North Georgia. If I do need new tires, I will definitely buy them. However, I don't want to buy a tire if a patch is sufficient.

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    Re: Tire Patching - recommend a repair shop?

    Can afford a Porsche Macan but can't spend $250 on a tire? At least buy a $100 used tire, I've done this a few times for our Cayenne and they work perfect. If your husband doesn't understand the importance of tires then file for divorce.

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