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My car is a 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium, and unfortunately I had a flat tire (Frong-Right) today. When I noticed it, I probably had driven on the flat tire for 200 - 300 feet. The tire has a small nail in the center (tread) of the tire.... The tires are Continental brand and have roughtly 20k miles (from Jan 2015) on them.

I put on my back-up tire and brought the flat tire to a local tire shop (Firestone tires). Without checking it closely, the guy told me straight that I need to replace all 4 tires for an AWD vehicle like mine. I don't believe him, so I walked away.

I would like to seek opinions/suggestions as to whether I can have the flat tire patched or I will have to replace 2 or 4 tires?
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I put on my back-up tire and brought the flat tire to a local tire shop (Firestone tires). Without checking it closely, the guy told me straight that I need to replace all 4 tires for an AWD vehicle like mine. I don't believe him, so I walked away.
He's right, you're wrong. Read your manual.

If more than 2/32 difference between new tire and what you have, you must replace all 4.

All that said, I'd expect it to be able to be patched.
 
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Get your new tire and either have them shave it if they do so, or go somewhere that does. TIRE SHAVING
 

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A small nail in the center of tread can be plugged without issue.

Was an explanation offered as to why the tire could not be repaired?
 
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A small nail in the center of tread can be plugged without issue.

Was an explanation offered as to why the tire could not be repaired?
I was wondering this myself. Unless that nail hit just perfectly and seriously damaged one of the cords but that seems unlikely. I don't know anything about run-flat tires so I then thought maybe they are less repairable for some reason. But what would be the point of a run-flat if even small punctures couldn't be fixed?
 
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