i saw a nail in my left rear tire, i tried to get it out but it stuck in there pretty tight and i scare that the air will leak if i loosen it..
a)just leave it there
b)get it fixed at some tireshop
bring the tire to the shop and get what is called a vulcanized patch (no joke, that's the name)
what they do is take the tire off the rim, and rough up the spot on the inside (after they take out the nail) and smear some goupey stuff on there... leave taht for a min, and then put a patch on it... tire is as good as new!!!! trust me...
something in that goup melts the rubber together... kinda like welding metal, but this time it's rubber...
i have the same problem on the rear left also, but i am not touchin it. the tire does not leak now and i figure if i watch it i am all good. right? why should i spend time and money to get it fixed if it is not really hurtin anything...but that JMO.
Never drive on a tire with a nail stuck in it for very long. I did this and the nail decided to come out on its own when I was travelling at 75 mph on the freeway. At the time I owned a 77 LTD (thank god not an Explorer) and the nail that I knew was in the tire, decided to come out of the passenger rear tire. The car started to sway then I spun a 360 into the emergency lane. I was lucky noone was near me. The rim was trashed beyond repair since the tire was ripped off it and it dug a 2" deep strip of asphault out of the interstate. Everything turned out alright, but I learned a valuable lesson.
anyways, i just got it fixed at some tire shop around my house
and the idiot scrarch my rims when he screw it back on, his power screw driver's extenison was too close to the rim
now i have 3 little scratches around my screws..