2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Tire Repair

October 20, 2011


Mischief Managed. Our 2012 Ford Explorer XLT is back in service after visiting Stokes Tire Pros to have its left front tire repaired. Good thing, too. Even though it wasn't leaking much air, the screw in question turned out to be a particularly sharp and pointy one that had made its way through.

The repair cost us $25 and about 25 minutes. We know that free tire repairs are out there, but have you priced Santa Monica real estate that sits a mile in from the beach? It's called overhead.

Besides, they did the job right. They installed a pro-level plug (not your typical caterpillar gas-station type) from the inside, ground that flush and applied a secondary internal patch before remounting and re-balancing the tire.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,104 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Ford Explorer in VA is:

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