What is Proper Tire Repair? See How It’s Done —
I help drivers get back on the road by repairing their tires, from the emergency side-of-the-road flat to the slow leak you’ve been adding air to for months.
Small problems can lead to big inconveniences and safety concerns, so if your tire looks low or your TPMS light is on, get it checked out asap! —
What is a proper tire repair? —
More than just a plug, tires need to be fixed properly to be returned to service safely. Most tire repairs include —
- 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.
Check out this video of me doing a typical tire repair in the shop a few years ago —
Here are some things to know about flat tires and tire repairs —
- Screws and nails are the most common type of tire repair.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tire repairs are limited to the tread area only.
- The maximum repair size for a car tire is 1/4″.
- Some tire brands lose their speed rating when repaired.
- Fix-a-flat sealants don’t work and they ruin your tire. Plus the tire guy will hate you! .
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