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Nail in tire, what to do?

I was cleaning my car right now, and I saw the driver side rear tire has a tire lodged in it.

It seems like the nail is in it, and then it's bent as well on the outside. I can wiggle the nail around some. Think it's not too deep and I should pull it out??

Or should I not pull it out ?

So sad as I feel I shouldn't drive it for a while now. Any advice appreciate it. Is it wrong to pull it out ?

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Suggest you do not pull it out but carefully drive to the nearest place that can do tire repair. If it is in deep and pulled out the tire can go flat. The rubber is tight around the nail and keeps it from leaking as it stands now. Pulling it out creates a hole the air will leak out fast.
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Do not remove nail as stated in above post. Check tire pressure and inflate to recommended setting. Drive to America's Tire Co. or similar stores to have puncture fixed.

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THanks.

I did NOT remove as I found a *second* nail right next to it, but this one down in the groove between the tread.

If it can be repaired, should I asked for it to be rebalanced afterwards, or is that not necessary (going to lose pretty mercedes painted weights).

The pressure is the normal 33psi, so it's ok for now. I'm just going to haul the tire and wheel down to the tire shop tomorrow then as I don't want to give the car to them.

Thanks for any further advice on if it should be rebalanced afterwards.
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Don't pull it, just wait and go to a tire place. When I got a flat I filled it with air and i got lucky that the nail got stuck and let me drive to the tire place.
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Thanks. I promise not to pull the nail.

Now I'm just curious if I need to ask to have the wheel rebalanced after fixing the nails ?

Also keep searching my manual but not sure what torque to put wheel back on at, since I'll do that part myself. 17-inch wheel.
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Normally not required to balance the tire, esp a rear one, after puncture tire repair; however, most tire shops include free rotate and balance if you bought the tire from them; therefore, you may be able to ask them to do a dynamic balance since you're already there. No harm but all benefit to have the tire balanced.

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Normally not required to balance the tire, esp a rear one, after puncture tire repair; however, most tire shops include free rotate and balance if you bought the tire from them; therefore, you may be able to ask them to do a dynamic balance since you're already there. No harm but all benefit to have the tire balanced.
Thanks great information. Only harm will be though is ugly metal weights instead of the painted Mercedes ones. I wish I could find painted weights somewhere to take to the tire shop.

Thanks again all. Now I know what I have to do tomorrow, if I can live with the ugly weights.
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I would rebalance, but I don't like vibrations in cars. You can have them only put weights on the inside (car side) of the rim. The tire will not be as balanced, but cosmetically it will look better. Personally a small vibration would bother me more.

If you are worried about driving on the tire to the tire store, you could put on the spare. I have driven around on a nail for several days before I got it fixed (The tire was losing a little air, but I could not find a nail).
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Thanks. You'd think you could find painted weights more easily.

Also, any idea where to look for the torque to mount the wheel back on at in owners manual? I looked at the section that gives all the dimensions/specifications for wheel/tires, as well as the changing a tire section, but no torque except the torque to put the spare on at, 80 ft pounds.
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80 ft-lbs or 110 newton-meters is correct. Recheck and correct the torque (if needed) again after driving a 50-100 miles after putting the wheels back.

America's Tire Co. stick-on weights used for the wheel balance (inner and outer) were pewter in color and matches the finish of the AMG multispoke rims well (I think better looking that the light grey ones from MB). What color are your rims?

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Have the tire patched from the inside. Do not use a plug. When patching the tire comes off the rim so it will need to be rebalanced.
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Have the tire patched from the inside. Do not use a plug. When patching the tire comes off the rim so it will need to be rebalanced.
IIRC, the tire shop technicians say this is the only proper way to fix a punctured tire, no plugs.

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I agree. At Discount Tire when they remove the tire from the rim they rebalance it. They usually do that automatically before putting it back on. It's just part of fixing the flat and it is free if you buy the tires from them.

Other tire shops will charge you around $10 to fix a flat.

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I got it fixed for $15.

I had them mark where the valve stem goes on the tire, so they put it back on in the same spot. When they checked it on the balance machine, they said it was absolutely perfect, since it was put back in that spot.

However, sadly, on the edge of the wheel next to tire, there are scratches and even a tiny chip in one spot. It's sad.

I don't know how people go spend $4,000 on wheels, and then have their brand new wheels get scratched and chipped before they even take them home. 1 in 1000 people wouldn't see or care about these small things, but I think it sucks.

Oh well. I guess that is reason never to put some nice wheels on it. I'm certainly dreading when it needs tires.

Thanks for all the help. I think I should go in tire business, have my own machine, if only to have the benefit of being able to take care of my wheels. ha.
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Couple more notes...

Wheels had never been off car, and it was STUCK quite heavily after lug nuts were off. I took a rubber hammer and hit the car side of the tire from behind a couple times, not too hard, but still hate to do that to it. It was stuck hard though, couldn't get it off otherwise. It would suck to be out on the road like that.

Secondly, I first used C Class jack, but it seemed more flimsy, a lighter metal, aluminum ? It was silver. the SLK's jack was black and was much heavier. Car felt more secure with that jack. I might buy one for the C Class.

Managed to get the spare wheel back in (had been out only to get the jack) so when you don't air it up, not so bad.

I learned from the C Class to have a plastic protected socket, to not scratch the lug nut holes when taking them off and on.
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Glad you have your problems sorted out. If you get stuck with a "stuck" tire in the future, loosen the lugs a bit, and then - if it's the front, "turn" the wheel lock to lock and back again. This will normally break them lose quite nicely.

I do the same with a stuck rear by turning the car in a tight, low speed circle. I've never had any problems doing that, but don't know how "safe" it is in the grand scheme of things...




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I got it fixed for $15.

I had them mark where the valve stem goes on the tire, so they put it back on in the same spot. When they checked it on the balance machine, they said it was absolutely perfect, since it was put back in that spot.

However, sadly, on the edge of the wheel next to tire, there are scratches and even a tiny chip in one spot. It's sad.

I don't know how people go spend $4,000 on wheels, and then have their brand new wheels get scratched and chipped before they even take them home. 1 in 1000 people wouldn't see or care about these small things, but I think it sucks.

Oh well. I guess that is reason never to put some nice wheels on it. I'm certainly dreading when it needs tires.

Thanks for all the help. I think I should go in tire business, have my own machine, if only to have the benefit of being able to take care of my wheels. ha.
Do you have the AMG multispoke rims? Which tire repair shop did you go to?

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Only harm will be though is ugly metal weights instead of the painted Mercedes ones.
Not if you get the tire repaired at Mercedes dealer. Or, at least balanced.
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