How Are Tires Repaired?
What Goes Into Tire Repair?
One of the biggest inconveniences for any driver is a damaged tire. It’s not necessarily flat, but it’s not safe to drive on over long distances. You’re left with two options: do I repair the tire, or should I just go ahead and replace? You shouldn’t worry though, our team Mekaniks Plus in Oxnard, CA, is here to save the day!
We are staffed by a team of ASE-certified technicians with many years of experience. We’ve seen every form of tire damage, from tread to sidewall damage. To help you understand what all goes into a repair, we’ll explain what makes a tire safe for repair, the process for patching your tire with a plug.
When Is It Safe For Repair
On the whole, a tire can be repaired if the puncture or damage is around the tread area, or top surface of the tire. If the damage is on the tire’s sidewall, it’s not safe to repair. The puncture needs to be no wider than ¼ of an inch in diameter. On the chance that the damaged tire has two punctures, they both can be repaired as long as they’re over a foot apart. Keep in mind, if you have a patched tire, and it suffers another puncture in the same spot, it is not safe to repair.
The Repair Process
Repairing the tire is done in several stages. First, the tire is removed from the rim and inspected by the technician for any additional interior or exterior damage. The damaged area is then cleaned to remove any excess rubber. The tech will then pull a tire stem from the inside out, so the tire will seal. Once the surface area is cleared up, a special rubber glue is laid on the area. The tire patch is then applied to the now hardened surface of the punctured area, causing a reaction. The tire is then inflated, and placed back on your vehicle. The technician will check for leaks and run a quick road test to make sure the repair is complete.
A good tire repair will save you time and money. While there are simpler options out there, it’s our strong belief that getting your tire properly patched is the way to keep you safe. If you have any further questions about tires and tire repair, please give us a cal. Our team can’t wait to talk to you soon!