Driving can be a pleasure but there are times when incidents happen that you require repairs. One of the most common incidents that can and may have happened to all of us, is a flat tyre. This could be due to a puncture or the tyre running flat due to general use. There are various ways to repair your tyres but you need to ensure that you choose the proper way to repair your car’s tyres.
If you have a punctured tyre, you need to check a few points first as to whether you are able to repair the tyre. Alternatively, you may need to replace the tyre.
Check if the punctured hole is less than 6mm in diameter. There should only be two punctured holes, maximum, and they should be at least 380mm apart. You can only repair punctures that are in the tread area. If these points are applicable to your tyre, then you are able to repair your tyre.
In order to ensure the safety of yourself and your passengers, here are the methods of properly repairing your tyres.
Remove the tyre from the rim to properly inspect the full damage incurred. If the puncture is angled at 25 degrees, a two-piece stem and patch repair unit is recommended. Don’t ever use only a rubber string (stem) or just use a patch. This will not hold and will cause further damage to your tyre. You can use a one piece patch with stem combination repair unit. The inside of the patch reseals the inner liner of the puncture to restore the air containment in the tyre. The rubber filler is exerted through the hole which prevents moisture from reaching the steel belts and carcass. Insist on this repair method when having tyres repaired at your local tyre dealer.
If the following points apply to your tyres, then it is not repairable. In such cases, it is better to replace your tyres for safety purposes.
If the tyre is worn to the tyre’s tread-wear indicators then it’s not repairable. If there is an existing repair area; you cannot repair an area that has already had a puncture wound repaired. If the puncture extends to the shoulder or it extends at an angle that reaches the shoulder area of the tyre then it’s best to replace the tyre.
To ensure your safety, these are the points and methods to adhere to when repairing your car’s tyres.