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Tire dilemma - what would you do?

I have 38k miles on original Fortera tires. They measure a little over 6/32 so figured I'd get a bit more life out of them. Unfortunately one has a slow leak and dealer says it's not repairable because the hole is too close to the sidewall, but has offered to pick up the tab on 2 brand new Forteras if I buy the other 2. I'd be paying $320 and have 4 new tires. Not bad, right?

But before I jump on it I'd see what you guys think. Some alternatives include picking up a single used replacement off craigslist, taking it to a tire shop and getting a second opinion on the repair, buying a new set of something other than Forteras on my dime, other?

What would you recommend?

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Re: Tire dilemma - what would you do?

$320 for four new tires same as what came on your Jeep....a no brainer unless you HATE those tires. The price is a NO BRAINER...TAKE THE DEAL!
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Re: Tire dilemma - what would you do?

I was at 28,500 miles on my Goodyear Fortera HLs and ran over a bolt today. Went to a gas station and lost all tire pressure even when trying to fill it with air. Had a tow truck called, wasted my whole afternoon and bought 4 new tires mounted and balanced with free roadhazard and lifetime free rotations/balancing. Hankook Ventus AS tires. $835 after mounting and tax. Got screwed and had to pay retail price because I had it towed to a Jensen Tire and was at their mercy. They took good care of me though and the lifetime warranty and maintenance is a nice feature. My old tires at tread of 6/32 and 4/32. New tires are 11/32. You have to have pretty close to matching tread on all 4 tires on all-wheel drive / 4-wheel drive vehicles or the 4-wheel drive system will have extra strain and can be damaged I think (can't remember the details but the tire shop pointed that out and I remember reading about that being the case). So happy to be rid of the Goodyear Forteras. I had the exact same decision as you just today and that is what I did.
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Re: Tire dilemma - what would you do?

Honestly I'd go with a different tire if it were me. The Forteras just don't cut it as far as durability and performance, but that's only my opinion. There's a reason they are offering you such a good deal on them.

I'd peruse around the forums a bit and see all the reviews. Take them with a grain of salt of course, but overall, they aren't a very well manufactured tire based on my experience and others.

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Re: Tire dilemma - what would you do?

I'd see about having the tires repaired. If done properly radial tires are more repairable than the old bias ply tires.

The proper repair is, after cleaning the area including the hole, to plug it from the inside. Then, cut the plug flush and put a patch over it. Plugs and patches are self vulcanizing and actually become part of the tire.



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Re: Tire dilemma - what would you do?

It depends on how you feel about those tires. If they were good to you, that's a bargain. It sounds like you got pretty good wear out of them.

I'd take the leaky tire to a Goodyear dealer. I've had my local GY dealer patch holes very close to sidewall. One was technically on the sidewall, and they've always held. I know NTB, and others won't patch them if they are 1-1.5" from sidewall.
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Re: Tire dilemma - what would you do?

If you have had the same good performance I've had with the Forteras and they meet your personal needs, that's a sweet deal financially. While I plan on moving to NT421Q tires when I change out my Forteras sometime this summer (they are at 32K with plenty of tread right now), I'd likely take that $320 deal in a split second for four brand new tires that haven't done me wrong to-date.
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Re: Tire dilemma - what would you do?

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I have 38k miles on original Fortera tires. They measure a little over 6/32 so figured I'd get a bit more life out of them. Unfortunately one has a slow leak and dealer says it's not repairable because the hole is too close to the sidewall, but has offered to pick up the tab on 2 brand new Forteras if I buy the other 2. I'd be paying $320 and have 4 new tires. Not bad, right?

But before I jump on it I'd see what you guys think. Some alternatives include picking up a single used replacement off craigslist, taking it to a tire shop and getting a second opinion on the repair, buying a new set of something other than Forteras on my dime, other?

What would you recommend?
If you like the tires then you can not go wrong on that price and deal. I would take it before the sun set.
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I'd take the leaky tire to a Goodyear dealer. I've had my local GY dealer patch holes very close to sidewall. One was technically on the sidewall, and they've always held. I know NTB, and others won't patch them if they are 1-1.5" from sidewall.
Just my opinion, but I wouldn't be cheap when it comes to safety and tires. There's a reason they won't patch near the sidewalls. At 38K miles you need new tires soon anyway.
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Re: Tire dilemma - what would you do?

Take the deal on the Forteras, think about it for a few days and then resell it for $50 more than what you paid for if you decide to go to the more expensive tires.
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Re: Tire dilemma - what would you do?

$320 for 4 new tires......geez......take the deal. Tires is tires.
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$320 for 4 new tires......geez......take the deal. Tires is tires.
Well, no they aren't, but 320 is going to be really hard to beat as long as the tires are good enough for the OP.

I'd be inclined to ask the dealer if they could get a really good price on a Conti or other premium brand, but if not, stick with the offer.
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