There's a nail in my tire, what's the best course of action for the circumstances at hand? Quick responses welcomed.
Full story follows so you can have all the facts (if you want them):
So, I'm due for a set of tires, that goes without saying. However, they're not to the point of 'dangerous to drive' either. Please don't belabor this point too much, let's focus on the nail's impact on things.
Earlier last week, I noticed a sound coming from my vehicle that I identified as something relative to the wheels spinning since it was obviously occurring once every wheel revolution. Think a very gentle
, hardly noticeable
"mmph...... mmph...... mmph.. mmph... mmph, mmph, mmph
that disappears in the other road noise as you accelerate. I figured I either had (in decreasing order of likelihood) a tire that was out of round, brake rotor/pad problems, or something wrong with the suspension.
Went to Costco, explained the situation to the manager who was very nice/helpful and he took a look, said I needed tires but was ok for now, he felt around trying to see if he could identify a problem with the tire and found the head of the nail sticking out of the right front tire tread about 2-3 inches from where the curve of the tire's sidewall begins (on the engine side of the wheel if it matters). His response was that it was probably what was causing my noise but I'd be hard pressed to find anyone willing to plug it due to the tire's age and the location of the puncture since it was somewhat near the sidewall.
Money in this household is tight now so after shopping around for tires it seems like if I wait til sometime next month I might be able to get about a hundred bucks knocked off what I'm looking at paying at Costco at the moment. Normally I'd take the risk and wait since I only drive around town for short distances but this weekend being memorial day and all I was planning on driving ~3 hours on the innerstate to be with family. So that's the monkey wrench...
I know how to plug a tire, having done it once before. We also have AAA roadside membership since my girlfriend's car used to be a real beater (and is now a vintage VW beetle that could put her on the curb at the drop of a hat).
I'm considering risking it as is and seeing if I can make the drive home. From there I'll either look for memorial day sales if I feel the need, or simply drive it back on Monday and try to wait until the awesome sale day in a month or so. I did find one store in town that has my size ( P185 / 60R15 ) and wouldn't be an awful deal but still would be quite a bit more than if I can manage to wait. Plus buying from Costco would have a few fringe benefits as well.
I have NOT
noticed a change in air pressure since the noise began.
Thoughts? Experiences? Ideas? I saw this
question and gleaned some information (that I mostly already knew) from it but would appreciate any other opinions on the current situation.
My car is a manual transmission 2007 Toyo Yaris by the way with 78k miles on the stock tires. I drive VERY passively and have minimized weight by removing the backseat, blah blah.