Tires are an important part of your vehicle and you depend on them for exciting road trips and everyday commutes. Whether you hit a nail or puncture the tire with a screw during construction or drive over something sharp, it is always best to have the hole repaired as soon as possible. This will prevent the air from leaking out and keep you safe on the road.
There are some holes in tires that cannot be plugged with a patch, however. This is because these areas undergo significant stress when driving. The sidewall is especially vulnerable because it gets pinched between the wheel rim and the road. If you notice a bulge or bubble on the sidewall of your tire, this is an indication of severe damage and the tire should be replaced.
Unless you have a flat tire monitor system on your car, you will likely not know that you have punctured a tire until you get home and check the pressure. There is a recommended tire pressure listed on the driver’s door of your car and it should be maintained at all times. A low tire pressure will cause premature wear on the tread and can also lead to a blowout, so it’s important to get the issue fixed as soon as possible.
You may find many methods on the internet to repair a flat tire, but most are not recommended by mechanics. Spray-in sealants are typically a temporary fix that won’t hold up to repeated use and can cause progressive damage with each passing mile. The most reliable method is a patch/plug repair which uses a rubber plug and patch to permanently bond the punctured area. Today’s plugs are vulcanized, which makes them more stable and long-lasting than previous plugs.
The type of repair used will also depend on the location of the puncture. A plug works better for holes that are further away from the sidewall and ones that aren’t at a strange angle, while patches are better for large holes and those close to the sidewall. It is not recommended to use a patch or plug in the crown, which is the center of the tire tread.
A tire technician will also inspect the tire for other issues before deciding on what repair is best. The puncture repair will not be made if the tire is leaking from the valve stem, the tire has been previously patched or plugged and the puncture is in the shoulder of the tread. The shoulder of the tire is under significant stress when driving and isn’t a suitable place for any repairs.
It is always best to have a Tire Repair done by an expert tire shop with experienced technicians to ensure the proper and safe operation of your vehicle. If you are concerned about the condition of your tires, please schedule an appointment at Tires Plus to have it checked and/or repaired as needed. We look forward to serving you!