13 Jun 2018
WHEN CAN TYRES BE REPAIRED?
In a recent blog we went over when to replace your tyres. Things like age, tread, damage and the feel while driving are all factors to consider. But what if they don’t need replacing and can be repaired? Let’s go over some of the things you can do yourself to fix your tyres, and when you need to turn to a pro.
If driving feels sluggish and you notice the tyres bulging a bit more than usual where they sit on the ground they could be underinflated. Easy fix – pump them up. Read our blog on the correct air pressure. Do this as soon as you can because driving on under-inflated tyres reduces tread life, tyre durability and fuel efficiency.
First of all, only some punctures are repairable, about half on average. Secondly, you’ll need to see a professional for this kind of repair as it requires putting a rubber patch on the inner liner and a rubber filling in the hole.
Most punctures 6mm and under that are in the tread are simple repairs; these are your pretty standard “drove over a nail” type punctures. It gets a bit trickier when the puncture is on the shoulder. And punctures or damage to the sidewall are not repairable at all because this area sustains the most load and flex; it cannot be compromised in any way. We also recommend you replace rather than repair punctured tyres with tread worn below 1.58mm.
Don’t drive on a flat
Not driving on it is the best thing you can do to improve the chances of your puncture being repairable. Even driving a couple of hundred metres can be destructive. Driving on a flat tyre seriously weakens it and makes it unsafe. So, as soon as you notice it’s flat or going flat, get it off and get that spare wheel on, checking first that it too is properly inflated and the sidewall is in good nick.
Can you repair runflat tyres?
Runflat tyres have reinforced sidewalls so they can be driven on after getting a puncture; only for a short time though. The idea is this type of tyre will allow you to drive safely to get help/repairs but you shouldn’t drive on it longer than you have to. And there in lies the snag – you might not know how long you’ve had the puncture and the tyre could already be too seriously compromised.
What can fix myself?
Unfortunately, there’s little you can do yourself when you have a puncture. But you can do your bit to try and avoid getting a flat:
- Check for damage regularly, including the spare.
- Once a month check they’re properly inflated (including the spare); this helps keep them more able to withstand punctures from sharp objects.
- Check the tread for embedded sharp objects; look as well as run your hands over the surface to feel for objects.
- Rotate your tyres so they wear down more evenly.
- Don’t overload your vehicle; this makes the tyres heat up and puts stress on them, causing them to wear down and weaken faster.
- Avoid construction sites and other hazardous roads when poss.
If they can’t be saved get new tyres the easy way. Choose your tyres from our range of sizes and quality brands, then hook up a time with us to come to you and fit them. Use our handy online tool to sort it all.