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Noticed my TPS light on and checked all the tires. Filled one tire that was off a couple of lbs and light went off. Three days later it goes off again and so I decided to go to the dealer. They found a screw about 1"1/2 from the wheel wall and informed me that they couldn't repair it and I'd have to buy a new Kumho Solus KL21 235/60r18 mounted and balanced for $253.00. WTF! The tire has barely 3000mi on it. Do I have any other options? Opinions? Amazing what damage a 2¢ scew can cause!
 

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No one will plug or patch a hole that close to the side wall. It's a major safety hazzard!!!!! They are over charging you that's for sure! If you were in my Kia dealership, that tire would cost you $180.00 with $12 mounting and balance charge. The milage you have on your car has nothing to do with this repair. Other than getting a new tire, you have no options. Sorry. 18' tires are not cheap.
 

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The TPMS is monitoring the pressure by a sensor in the valve of the tire.Also the TPMS is measuring the dynamic balance of the wheel.When you put a rubber patch on a tire you unbalance the tire.You can balance the tire by adding small weights on the rims (in tire service) but if the hole in the tire is too big the rubber patch is also big .You have to compensate this unbalance by adding bigger weights on the rim.This is unsafe.You can end with big vibration , especially at high speed.
 

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WTF! The tire has barely 3000mi on it. Do I have any other options? Opinions? Amazing what damage a 2¢ scew can cause!
Kia Warranty Book said:
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Tires are warranted by the tire manufacturers and not by Kia. In the event that you need assistance, please contact your Kia dealer or refer to the tire warranty pamphlets provided with your Kia Vehicle for details.
Read the Kumho Road Hazard Book, it should have some kind of information on prorated costs. Tirerack has the Kumho Solus sitting at 168.00/ea, so the 253.00 is a tad much.
 

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I've called around all dealerships and local tire chains, the lowest quote $218. I know what the tire cost is but how can they justify a new extra $45+ for mounting and balance? Should I say something?
 

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I've called around all dealerships and local tire chains, the lowest quote $218. I know what the tire cost is but how can they justify a new extra $45+ for mounting and balance? Should I say something?
i would the worst thing they can say is too bad or they can make it right as $45 is a little steep heck Sam Club charges $15 and it includes a hazard warranty.
 

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If I was you I would spend for some good tires, for much less you can get much better tires for cheaper, a piece of course. And sell the old ones online. Those stock tires are truly garbage, probly part of the reason it flatted already. I would call around and get quotes to. Good Luck
 

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A patch plug from the inside is the preferred fix. However, no one said you couldn't plug it yourself with a push plug from the outside. You really have nothing to lose, except the 10 or so dollars for the plug kit. Worst case, it still leaks and you are back where you are now.
 

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Be carefull before trying to patch or plug. If the hole is on the sidewall at all, forget it unless you believe you and any rider are not subject to harm! If it in the tread, at least 1/2 " inside either edge, then a plug can work fine without taking the tire off. Don't worry about the balance, the plug has not enough weight to matter. If not able to do that, you may have some used tire centers near you - see if they have one match up. With only 3000 miles on your tires, the cost effectiness to get an entire new set would be too great, in my opinion. I have 26K miles on mine and they show little wear. Look like a 75-95K miles tire. Definitely not the best but far from the worst.
 

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I've only ever had simple (screw/nail) puctures fixed with a combined plug/patch fitted and glued from the inside. Requires fit/balance, of course, so you wouldn't want to do it on an old tyre for the normal charge of about $40. I don't think external plugs are allowed any more in the Land of Oz.

I can't see why balance issues should be a problem.
 

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I replaced the cr*p original tires on our new 2013 Sorento EX V6 AWD with Toyo Versado CUV (mounted and balanced) for about 4x what you were quoted for a single tire. Much smoother, quieter, and grippier.
 
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