When is a tire repairable?

In Auto Shop Talk, Tires & Wheels, Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

 

When you’ve got a hole, nail or tear in your tire, there’s a possibility it can be repaired.

One of our General Service Technicians from HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire has some tips on how to determine if your tire is repairable – or not.

The first thing we do is a tread depth gauge of the outer, middle, and inner of the tire, to see if the tire is 4/32nds across. Then we check the tire for bad dry rot, cracks, splitting, bubbles, bulges and any objects stuck in the tire. It’s important to take the tire off of the vehicle when inspecting it, because you can’t tell the condition of the tire on the inside until you check.

Once we do the inspection, we’ll be able to determine if a tire is repairable. At HomeTowne, we follow all Tire Industry Association (TIA) guidelines when determining if a flat tire is repairable.

So, when is a tire repairable?

-When a tire’s wear is above 2/32nds

-When a tire manufacturer says patches and plugs can be used on a tire. The TIA recommends 2 to 3 patch plugs for a repair

-When damage spots to the tire are at least one inch apart

-If damage to the tire is on the middle tread

When is a tire not repairable?

-When a tire is worn down below 2/32nds

-If the tire’s manufacturer says 0 patch plugs can be used on a tire

-If there are multiple objects, tears, etc. that are closer than one inch apart

-When damage to the tire is on the outer or inner tread

Each tire and situation is different, but at HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire we’re happy to take a look at your tires, and see if they’re eligible for our free flat repair.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire employees enjoy fun in the sun, and some BBQ

In Auto Shop Talk, News by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire employees enjoy fun in the sun, and some BBQ

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire employees enjoy fun in the sun, and some BBQ

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire employees enjoy fun in the sun, and some BBQ

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire employees enjoy fun in the sun, and some BBQ


 

 

 

 

 

 

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire employees enjoyed some time out in the summer sun at a BBQ cookout this week.

Automotive technician Keith Clausson was the day’s chef, using a smoker he made himself, to cook ribs, pulled pork, meatloaf, bacon-covered meatballs and much more for the shop.

We love when our employees share their many talents – especially when that means there’s a nice, steaming plate of BBQ.

Check out our new and improved customer waiting room

In Auto Shop Talk, News by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Have you been in our waiting room lately? We’ve made some upgrades, to make it an inviting and relaxing space for our customers.

We’ve added to our children’s area, installing a chalkboard, and adding new sets of coloring books and crayons, to make it a fun space for your children to play while visiting with us. We’ve also added a new children’s table and chairs to the kid’s corner.

We have also made some updates to our family friendly bathroom. We’ve added a baby changing station in the bathroom, to make it easier for moms and dads when they come in for service with us.

And if you’re hungry or thirsty while you’re here, we’ve got you covered. At HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire we have a fully stocked customer convenience snack bar, full of coffee, tea, soda, water, and chips.

Why do we offer all of these amenities? Because it helps us to stand out, and we care about our customers.

“It makes us a little different from your normal shop. We offer this to all of our customers, whether you’re here for a free flat repair, or major work,” said HomeTowne’s shop manager Rich Campbell.

Need service done on your vehicle, but have a busy life that won’t stop for car repairs? We’ve got you covered. We provide a free shuttle service to all of our customers when waiting isn’t convenient, and we can get you to where you need to go, while our technicians are working on your vehicle.