Can You Put a Nail in Front of a Tire to Pop It?


Quick Answer

Any sharp object, such as a nail, can pop a tire or instigate a slow leak that eventually deflates the tire. Whether the tire pops or leaks slowly depends on the speed at which the tire runs over the nail.

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Full Answer

Driving at high speeds, such as 50 or 60 miles per hour, makes sharp objects more likely to pop a tire immediately and cause a blowout. Other factors can increase the likelihood of a popped tire, such as under-inflation, hot weather and heavy loads in the vehicle. There are much safer ways for a car owner to deflate his or her own tires. Popping or slashing someone else's tires is an illegal action categorized as vandalism under the law.

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