It’s likely that, at some point, one of your tires will run over a sharp object that will puncture the tire. Sometimes this can be repaired by a tire shop, and other times it is beyond saving. Consult this basic guide to tire repair to determine whether your punctured tire is salvageable or not.
Size of the Damage
If your tire’s tread was punctured and has a hole that is 1/4th of an inch or less in diameter, then there’s a good chance that you can get the tire repaired at a tire shop. However, if the hole in the tire tread is larger than 1/4th of an inch, then you may want to get a new tire, since repairing punctures of this size is not recommended.
Location of the Damage
If the puncture occurred on your tire’s tread, a technician may be able to repair the tire as long as the puncture hole isn’t too large. But if the puncture is on the tire’s sidewall or shoulder, you may need to purchase a new tire, since damages in these locations usually cannot be repaired.
When performed by a reputable tire shop, a flat tire repair consists of several steps. First, the hole is patched and plugged up. Next, the technician will seal the inner liner to fill up the hole in the tire tread. It’s essential that you go to a good tire shop to get the repair done as a bad repair can cause additional damage to the tire, decreasing your tire’s strength and increasing your risk of experiencing a tire blow out.
To see if your damaged tire is reparable, come to Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair, a family owned tire store and automotive repair shop that has served the greater Atlanta metro area since 1965. Call us at (404) 252-9895 to speak with a tire expert, and visit our website to learn more about our tire and automotive repair services.