Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Gaylord, Michigan
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Forester X Premium
I would presume that the nail was too far up the side wall for him to patch. They will only patch or plug a tire if the hole is in the tread area, or pretty darn close to it. I can only surmise that it has to do with centripetal force and the patch/plug wanting to pull out of the sidewall. Maybe it has to do with sidewall integrity. Anyway, this is not a Yokohama warranty thing as the nail is not a manufacturing defect. If your dealer is nice they may give you a decent discount on a new one, but I doubt it. Nevertheless, it can't hurt to try for a free tire....
2009 X Premium Pkg. Auto, All Weather.