It’s much more economical to repair a tyre than it is to replace one. Therefore, if you get a puncture, you should get it fixed as soon as possible.
At Tyres on the Drive we offer a puncture repair service for a flat fee of £45. This includes our mobile tyre repair service, along with a new standard tyre valve and wheel rebalancing. This is one of the most cost-effective ways to repair a punctured tyre (it also saves the time of visiting a local garage), allowing you to get many more miles of use before it needs to be replaced. In some instances, however, a tyre replacement may be required.
In this post, we’re going to talk about everything from run flat tyres to post-puncture sealants, including in what circumstances a tyre can’t be repaired.
When can a tyre puncture be repaired?
If the puncture is a simple entry wound into the tread of the tyre, and you have not driven on it while flat, it should be possible to repair it.
A tyre repair is usually possible in instances where:
- The puncture is to the middle three quarters of the tyre tread.
- The tread depth is over 1.6mm (the legal minimum).
- No previous puncture has been repaired close to the current puncture.
A tyre repair isn’t possible when:
- The side wall or outer tread of the tyre is damaged.
- The tyre tread is worn or the rubber aged/cracked.
- The tyre has been damaged by driving on it while flat.
Can a tyre bulge be repaired?
A bulge in the side wall of a tyre is a sign of structural weakness in the load bearing part of the rubber. It is best to replace a tyre if this kind of damage or natural ageing is seen. If your tyre’s side wall is bulging, simply use our handy tyre search tool and choose a new set of tyres – one of mobile tyre technicians will then fit them for you.
Can you repair a tyre with a nail in it?
Yes, you can – however, it’s important to spot a nail puncture as soon as it occurs, so you don’t damage the tyre further by running it flat. This can be difficult to determine if a pre-puncture sealant has been injected through the tyre’s valve as a preventative measure – as the puncture can be hidden.
Can you repair a run flat tyre?
Run flat tyres are specified for a maximum distance and a maximum speed – usually only around 50 miles at 50 mph. Because of this, we advise against repairing a run flat tyre.
Although, in theory, it’s possible to fix a puncture on a run flat tyre, it is impossible to assess exactly how much damage has been caused to a tyre and wheel. As such, it’s impossible to know whether the strength and composition of your tyre have been damaged. It’s for this reason that we don’t offer run flat tyre repairs as part of our mobile puncture repair service.
How to repair a flat tyre
There are a few different ways to repair a tyre, including permanent and non-permanent methods. Your vehicle may come with pre-puncture or post-puncture sealants instead of a spare tyre, or you may have bought an aftermarket sealant.
Because these work by internally patching the damage without removing the tyre from the wheel rim, they are a temporary fix. If your tyre is punctured, you should always make sure to get it checked for internal damage and permanently repaired by professionals.
Can you repair a tyre after using sealant?
We’re often asked if a tyre can be repaired after using sealant, and the answer is sometimes yes, but sometimes no. Sealant is designed to get you safely to where you need to be, by providing a temporary patch on the inside of the puncture.
This is important, especially if you suffer a puncture in a remote location far from civilisation, payphones or mobile phone reception. But the presence of the sealant inside the tyre can make it difficult or impossible to make a permanent repair – especially if you’ve driven a long distance on the damaged tyre.
It’s often a choice between the two. If you need to drive on the tyre because it’s unsafe to stay where you are, sealant can be a lifesaver. On the other hand, if you want to maximise the chance of repairing the puncture and minimise the cost of repairing the tyre, pull over as soon as you can and call for help.
How many times can a tyre be repaired?
There are different factors that affect how many puncture repairs a tyre can have. Some of the most common complications include multiple punctures very close together, past punctures that have been driven on, and any damage to the shoulder or side wall.
Manufacturers may also specify a maximum safe number of repairs, e.g., one puncture repair in each quadrant of the tyre, or 2-3 repairs in total.
How much does a tyre repair cost?
With our £45 flat fee you know that if your tyre can be repaired, it will always cost the same fixed amount. If, however, your tyre is damaged beyond repair, we can still fit you a new tyre using our mobile tyre fitting service. We will travel to your home, workplace, or any other location with safe access for our team.
Simply call us on 0333 016 6550 to speak to our team of advisers or use our handy tyre search tool to find a new set of tyres today.