Punctures Don’t Always Require New Tires

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Little do most people know, not every punctured tire needs to be replaced with a new one. Knowing how to spot an issue with your tire quickly and which repair solution is best can save you lots of time and money. 

Repairing a Punctured Tire

Locate the Puncture

The first thing that you need to do is to locate the puncture (obviously.) With any luck, the object that punctured your tire may still be visible. This is helpful because it’s a good indication of the size of the hole. Lots of times though something on the road like glass or nails can damage your tire and be extremely difficult to locate. What you then want to do is carefully inspect the exterior of your tire until you find the damaged spot. Once you’ve found and marked the spot, remove the object.


Plug the Tire

If there is minimal damage, like a small, straight nail puncture, plugging the tire is an affordable and quick tire repair solution. Plug kits are around 10 dollars and you can get a good amount of miles from a punctured tire because plugs vulcanize the tire for improved stability on the road. As a result, you can get another 20k miles with no problems. For the best results, remember to carefully follow the plug kit’s instructions and make sure the tire is plugged well.

Patching a Tire

Diagonal holes near a tire’s sidewall are better suited for patches; angled punctures should also use a patch. Done right, patches are safe tire repair solutions that are much more affordable than complete tire replacement. It’s important to pay attention to the parameters for using patches, as well as their restrictions. A puncture that is larger than a one-fourth inch diameter will require a more complicated solution than a plug or a patch.

Sidewall Restrictions

The sidewall is on the side of your tire and, as a rule of thumb, you should never try to repair it. Attempting to do so could cause a more dangerous tire blowout.

For information about car repair and maintenance, contact the experts at Performance Auto Repair at (334) 245-6600 today.


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