It has happened to most of us. You’re on your way to the store or driving home from work and you hit some sort of debris in the road, puncturing your tire, leaving you with a flat.
Although the tire is flat and must be brought to a tire repair shop, like Level Auto Service for an inspection, the tire may not necessarily need to be replaced. Depending on where the puncture is located along with the severity of the damage, the tire will either only need a simple repair or will be replaced.
Generally, a tire can be repaired if:
If the tire is punctured in any way outside of the Puncture Repair Area (see image), the tire cannot be repaired safely. True tire repairs are limited to the middle, or “crown” area of the tire. The crown is defined as the center of the tread, approximately 1 to 1.5 inches in from each shoulder. For most tires, the puncture repair area can also be defined by the first major groove on both shoulders.
The maximum repairable injury size for passenger and light truck tires through load range E is 1/4 inch, or 6mm in diameter. If the puncture in your tire is larger than the allowable repair size, the tire must be replaced.
If there is a noticeable bubble in the sidewall of the tire, it has been damaged most likely by impacting a curb, pothole, or other type of road hazards. The resulting bulge or “bubble” in the sidewall is not repairable, and unfortunately, the tire must be taken out of service.
A tire plug is a sticky, expandable object that gets pushed into the damaged area of the tire from the outside and is adjusted until the air is no longer leaking from the tire. Although the leak may stop, it is easy to believe that the tire is repaired and good to go; unfortunately, that’s not the case. Tire plugs are a quick fix and can fail over time. They can also potentially cause air to become trapped between the layers of tread, eventually causing the tread to separate and result in needing to buy a new tire.
There are several possibilities as to why your tires lose air: a hole in the tread, a poor seal where the tire attaches to the wheel, a loose or improperly functioning tire valve.
Driving with a slow leak in your tire is potentially dangerous because it can cause a flat tire. Once the tire becomes flat, it can become a blowout hazard. A blowout can cause you to lose control of the vehicle, putting yourself and others at risk for a car accident.Dec. 31, 2015
If you’ve added air but the air pressure warning light stays on, there’s a problem with your Tire Pressure Monitoring System or you have a slow leak. Quick Tip: If the TPMS warning light comes back on after you’ve filled the tire with air, recheck the tire to make sure it is inflated to the proper air pressure.
A tire plug or tire patch by itself is not a proper repair, because a plug does not permanently seal the inner-liner and the inside-only patch doesn’t fill the hole left by the nail or screw allowing water into the body of the tire, corroding the steel belts
If all goes as planned and you have a properly plugged and patched tire, then it should last its original lifetime or the remainder of its mileage. on average, tire experts predict that a proper plug and patch can last from 7-10 years. to make an offer.
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