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Sidewall repairable or not - 05-18-2017

So I must have been identifying as a woman yesterday when I was backing into a spot on the street. I rubbed the curb ever so slightly, as I've done before with 16 inch rims and tires. Well, this time was a little different. As you can see by the attached images, I put a gash in the sidewall of the tire. It held air like it did before and I drove it home with no issues. Got the wheel off, cleaned it up to see it up close.

Now I know that the rational and logical thing to do is replace the tire, which is most likely the direction I'll be going in. What I want to know is has anyone had an experience like this before and repaired it? I know sidewalls are a tricky thing to gamble with, I just want to know if there are any other options before I drop the cash for another tire... or two.
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No tire shop would attempt to repair that tire and I know of no way to repair that type of damage. If you even get a nail in a tire tread anywhere the side wall no shop will repair it due to the liability exposure. In your case you have gouge in the actual side wall. It is foolish to take a chance on the tire with that kind of damage. Replace the tire. It's not worth the risk to your and others health and safety.
   
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It's not a puncture. It's a gash, or slice if you will. Thank you for your input.
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Repaired it back in early June, and It's still holding strong.
   
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Nice to know! Had a similar issue with a truck tire, but not quite as deep. Drove it until the tires wore out w/o issues.


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