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Hi Guys,

Got a puncture pretty much on the sidewall, very close to the "crown" area... The tire guy told me it was very well recommended to switch the tire despite that it was possible to repair it but taking into consideration it might not work 100% because of the puncture's location, only time will tell...

So what do you guys think? Should a buy a brand new tire or just continue using the repaired one?

Thanks for your input as always!
 

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Get a new tire. Any repair close to the shoulder or sidewall will probably fail and at the worst time. Flex is not the friend of tire repairs. I'm actually surprised the tech fixed it at all.

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Ditto what @Gerry B said. Would do so as soon as you could get a replacement tire. Your life and your family/friends' is worth it.
 

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Thanks! I'll get the replacement tomorrow ASAP!
@GerryB, After replacing the tire, what recommended maintenance should I do to the car? Wheel balancing? Alignment?

Once again thanks a lot! :)
 

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Yes to balancing, preferably road force balancing. Unless you experienced any issues with your tires before you got your flat, and/or noticed that any of your four tires had uneven wearing -- specifically the inner tire band or the outer one showing more wear than the opposite side one, I would use the "ole run your hand over your tire" method, both side to side, and also front to rear (on both the inner tire tread and the outer one), to see if you feel any uneven wearing. Our hands are so much more sensitive than what we can visually see. If you feel any uneven wear with your hand, I would get your car four wheel aligned. (And a good alignment specialist can also at that time easily diagnose any potential other wear issues.)
 

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^^What he said. If you just got a flat, you probably won't need all of that, but if it's due mileage wise, then do it. Otherwise, the shop should balance the new tire when they mount it.

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Thanks for your input everybody!

I went to the official Mazda Dealership, got a new tire, got it balanced and they told me that indeed the tire repair guy was not suppose to fix the puncture tire at all. They checked the rest of the tires and they told me wheel alignment was not necessary.

Now I only had 10,000 km on the rest of the tires, so the tires threads are pretty much in good condition (not worn out), so they mounted the new tire on the front instead of switching it with the back tire.

Now everything is great! I learned a lot about tires on this thread!

Once again! Thanks!
 
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