A flat tire can sometimes be fixed. Other times, however, the tire needs to be replaced. Whether a tire is repairable can’t be decided at a glance.
So, what makes a tire repairable? How can you tell if you need a new tire?
When inspecting tires, HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire uses guidelines set by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).
Injuries that are located on the inner or outer shoulder can’t be repaired, according to General Manager Rich Campbell.
“The reason why is that’s where the tire curves on the inside, causing it to flex,” he said.
What do we do when a tire repairable?
The Woodbridge-based repair shop doesn’t use older plugs to address the damage. It also isn’t allowed to use patches on those that have been previously repaired with plugs.
Tires that have been punctured in a safe area could still have invisible injuries.
“We have to keep in mind too is that — even if the screw, or nail, or whatever debris … looks to be in the repairable zone — we must remove it from the rim to establish that the inside of the tire [has] not been damaged,” Campbell said.
Automotive technicians can address some damage using plug patches.
They apply them using rubber cement, which prevents water or dirt from accumulating in the holes.
“This is a[n] acceptable and safe method of repair,” Campbell said. “This keeps the tire usable throughout its remaining life.”
Providing safe and effective repairs is a priority for HomeTowne Auto Repair.
“Please understand that, while we may make you upset because we’re not going to be able to repair your tire, we’re doing that to keep you safe, your loved ones safe, and those that are driving on the roads with you safe,” Campbell said.