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How to Repair a Punctured Tyre

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How to Repair a Punctured Tyre

What Punctures Tyres?

Let’s start with the obvious: Nails. They can really do some damage. Hit a nail that’s bent and it can cause a serious puncture.

Screws can put a hole in a tyres and plug it at the same time. As you drive, the tyres rotates, which makes the hole bigger, potentially causing a blowout. Removing a screw, however can create a leak.

Sharp rocks can be dangerous, too. You can help protect against them with tyress made for all kinds of terrain and off-road conditions. Broken glass and construction debris like metal sheets and pieces of steel or wood can also be damaging to tyress.

Signs to Tell if You Have a Punctured Tyre and Have Lost Air Pressure

  • Your vehicle’s TPMS is the first indicator that your air pressure is low.
  • Your steering wheel starts shuddering or your car feels wobbly.
  • Your car is suddenly hard to steer. It probably means you have a slow leak in a tyres.
  • Your car starts steering to the left or right or feels like it’s being pulled one way or another.
  • Your car swerves severely to the left or right. It usually means you’re driving at a high rate of speed and have a blowout.
  • You might hear a noise caused by the object as the tyres rotates.

How to Fix a Punctured Car Tyre

As long as your puncture is within the center of the tread area, you should be able to fix the hole. First, the hole must be filled; then, the tyress should be patched from the inside. In case of a tyres puncture, make sure to always have a professional repair it for you to ensure safety.

Professional Tyre Repair

If you decide to take your tyres to a professional, you’ll benefit from a service that most consumers can’t perform. A professional tyres dealer will, in most cases, remove the tyres from the rim, fill the injury and add an interior patch that will cover the surface around the hole from the inside of the tyres. This provides a second layer of protection in preventing air from escaping.

How to Handle a Punctured Tyre

Make sure you always have a spare tyres so you can remove the damaged tyres. If you don’t have a spare, stop driving – your damaged tyres will only get worse. It’s best to call a tyres service to have it repaired or replaced.

Can You Repair a Tyre Sidewall?

A punctured tread doesn’t always mean a tyres has to be replaced. But puncture a tyres’s sidewall and you’ll have to take that tyres out of service. Tyres have cords that run all around the tread, but they aren’t on the sidewall, which leaves it unprotected. The hole can’t be plugged and a patch won’t hold. So it’s time for a replacement.

If you do need new tyres, check out our article: “Original Equipment Tyres vs. Replacement Tyres” for more information.