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Run-flat tires are best option

December 24, 2011
The Times Observer

Between yesterday afternoon and this morning, I have had three flat tires. The tire that was flat yesterday had a screw in it, and the tires that are flat this morning have finishing nails. Other than the obvious question of "Was this sabotage?" I have a question about repairing the tires. My question is, Are plugs reliable, or are patches or tire replacement recommended? I will add that I am living in Costa Rica, and tire puncturing is a known technique for robbing foreigners. Thus the idea of replacing tires only to have them repunctured is not appealing. But even less appealing is having to stop along a highway (they do not have shoulders) and being held up by the people who put the nails in the tire. - Bill



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