What You Need to Know Before Your Punctured Tire is Repaired
Are you in need of a tire repair? When it comes to this repair, know what’s acceptable and what’s not. Some tire punctures can be repaired and some can’t. Tires that are not properly repaired could potentially lead to a road accident. If you are not sure what is an acceptable tire repair we are here to help you out with some guidelines.
- You should only repair punctures that are located within the tread area. The first thing you should do is to have a look at your tire and locate the puncture area. Remember, repairs should be limited to the damaged tread area. If a repair is beyond the tread area on the side or along the edge, the tire should be replaced. In this situation, do not allow repair. Every reputable tire repair shop would not agree to perform a dangerous repair.
- If punctures are greater than 1/4″ in diameter, replace the tire. Size is of importance when it comes to tire punctures. If the damage, caused by a tire puncture is greater than ¼ inch in diameter, it’s not recommended to go through with the repair.
- If the tire is badly damaged or if the treads are less than 1/16 inch, don’t repair your tire. When the treads are less than 1/16 inch, this is a certain indication that the tire is not safe for road use. You should replace it as soon as possible to ensure your safety on the road. Moreover, if you notice small cracks on the tread or if chunks of the tread are missing, you must replace your tire.
- Don’t overlap repairs. If there’s a puncture on an existing repair, you have to replace the tire, not repair it.
There may be some other restrictions and limitations on repairs, depending on the type of tire you have. Make sure you bring your damaged tire to a tire repair professional for repair or replacement.