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i have plugged or patched hundreds of tires at work. The repair when properly done is permanent and pretty much becomes part of the tire.
For a simple nail hole there is usually no reason to go to all the trouble and expense of removing the tire, patching, reinstalling and rebalancing. You can buy a tire plug kit at pep boys for less than $10 and fix most holes without even jacking up the car. I have done it many times.
Find the hole, mark it, park the car so you can reach the hole. If its a front tire, it is usually a breeze, just turn the steering wheel and move the car so the hole is where you want it. If its the rear, you'll be crawling on the ground but to me its no big deal as i've done it soooo many time...
Now you use your reamer tool with the kit to work the reamer in and out of the holef or a minute or two to enlarge the hole and smooth the cord burrs as much as you can. Some plugs require glue, some dont, i always use the glue as it acts as a lubricant for installation. Now you put your plug on your slotted tool, doubled in half as the instructions will show you, and shove it in the hole. Twist handle of tool. Pul tool out. Cut off excess with dykes. Done.