What’s a Proper Tire Repair? See How It’s Done

Some things to know about flat tires and tire repairs —

  1. Screws and nails are the most common type of tire repair.
  2. A tire plug is a temporary repair. There is a time and place for a tire plug, but the plug/patch combination shown here is the only repair approved by the Tire Industry Association.
  3. A tire patch is better, but still not a proper tire repair. Unless the injury is filled, water can get into the tire’s steel belts and cause problems.
  4. Tire repairs are limited to the tread area only.
  5. The maximum repair size for a car tire is 1/4″.
  6. Some tire brands lose their speed rating when repaired. 
  7. Fix-a-flat sealants don’t work and they ruin your tire. Plus the tire guy will hate you! ..

At my tire shop, we only do proper tire repairs, which is —

  • Removing the tire from the wheel.
  • Inspecting the inside.
  • Drilling the injury.
  • Buffing the innerliner.
  • Vacuum the debris.
  • Applying the glue.
  • Filling the hole with a repair unit.
  • Sealing the buffed surface.
  • Mounting and balancing the tire. 

If your tire looks low and your tire pressure warning is on, find someone who can fix it the right way — 

Don’t ignore the TPMS light and keep adding air to the tire. If you have a flat tire or slow leak in a tire it’s best to get it checked out asap for the best results. 

At my tire shop, a proper tire repair costs about $50 and takes 30 minutes of your time.

You can schedule online or stop by during business hours and wait for the next available slot. 


Every day I help drivers with flat tires — from the emergency, side-of-the-road, flat to the slow leak they’ve been adding air to for months.

And I love what I do and take pride in getting people back on the road with a minimum of fuss.

Thanks for visiting, let me know if you have any questions or comments –