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Mobile Puncture Repair Service

How mobile tyre puncture repairs work

Punctures have a nasty habit of occurring at the worst possible moments. Whether it’s on the way to work or before you get to the school gates, there’s rarely a convenient time for a puncture to strike. That’s why we’ve developed a mobile puncture repair service which aims to quickly get you back to the things you love.

We do this by bringing the expertise of the garage to you. That’s right. No need to cancel your plans.

No need to wait. If there’s enough space for us to work, we’ll fit your new tyres wherever you are.

We even offer 2-hour fitting windows, so you don’t have to hang around. Book our mobile tyre puncture service today for a standard fee of £45. This includes the cost of the puncture repair, our mobile service, a new valve (excluding specialist valves like TPMS and aluminium) and the balancing of the wheel.

Puncture repair or replace service

We know even with our handy guidance its hard to determine whether your puncture can be repaired without one of our expert technicians taking a look. At Halfords Tyres On The Drive we offer a puncture repair or replace service to ensure that if your puncture can’t be repaired, we have a tyre with us to replace right then and there to get you back on the road without delay!

How it works:

  • Place an order for a replacement tyre on our website
  • Take a note of your Order number and give us a call on 0333 016 6550 to request the repair or replace service
  • Our advisor will ensure our technician knows to bring our puncture repair equipment to your appointment
  • At the fitting, if your puncture is repairable then our technician will repair it, we’ll take the tyre back and refund you the difference in price

Can my tyre puncture be repaired?

While most punctures can be easily repaired, there are some instances where a replacement tyre is needed. We can repair a puncture if:

  • The puncture is within the central three-quarters of the tyre.
  • The tyre’s tread depth is over the legal minimum of 1.6mm.
  • There is no evidence of a previous repair around the puncture.
  • There is no sidewall or shoulder damage to the tyre.
  • There is no run flat damage, which would affect the tyre’s structural make-up.
  • There is no ageing or deterioration of the tyre rubber.

Don’t worry If you think your tyre needs replacing. Simply pick a new set of tyres using our handy search facility and one of our technicians will fit them – at a time and place that suits you.

Tyre puncture repair law

Tyre repair is a highly technical process. As such, there are set of stringent guidelines set out by the British Standards Institution that all tyre technicians must adhere to. One of these rules is BSAU158, which defines the way that vehicle repairs should be carried out. You can rest assured that all the technicians at Tyres On The Drive work to the BSI’s rules and are fully qualified. Whether our technicians are using a balancing machine, or a compressor to inflate your tyres, every precaution will be taken to ensure the safety of your vehicle.

How do tyre sealants work?

Many car manufacturers now supply a sealant and tyre-inflator pack instead of a spare wheel. The sealant and compressed air are injected through the valve, forming a protective layer inside the tyre. How well the sealant works will depend on the cause of the puncture and how far/fast the flat tyre has been driven on. There are two different types of tyre sealant: pre-puncture and post-puncture.

What is a pre-puncture sealant?

This sealant is injected through the tyre’s valve as a preventative measure. The aim of a pre-puncture sealant is to prevent air loss, so you can drive on without interruption. The only downside of this is that it’s difficult to determine whether there’s been a puncture or not. As such, we recommend that you check your tyres every time you use your vehicle. It the sealant has been activated, you should see a white latex-based material on the outside of the tyre. At this point, you should get in touch with our team to see if a replacement is needed.

What is a post-puncture sealant?

This sealant is used following a puncture. It is injected through the valve and then a compressor or cylinder of gas is used to re-inflate the tyre. While a can of puncture repair liquid is effective at forming a protective layer inside the tyre, it’s important that it’s used as early as possible. Driving on a tyre with a slow puncture, or in a fully deflated condition, will cause weakening of the structure and irreparable damage. Because a tyre has to be removed from the wheel and checked for internal damage before it can be permanently repaired, sealants should only be used in emergencies.

Run flat puncture repair

Although, in theory, it’s possible to fix a puncture on a run flat tyre, we have decided not to include this service in our mobile tyre puncture repair offering. The reason is simple: it is impossible to assess exactly how much damage has been caused to a tyre and wheel. Not carrying out a repair is the only way we can guarantee a driver’s safety. Run flat technology means that the tyre can resist the effects of deflation after sustaining a puncture, giving the driver enough time and mileage to get back home. It’s even more helpful given that not all modern vehicles contain a spare tyre as standard. All run flat tyres come with recommended guidelines on how many miles or at what speed you can drive on them after sustaining a puncture.

Exceeding these guidelines will cause integral damage to the tyre. Unfortunately, as there is no way of determining how far or how fast a vehicle has been driven since the puncture occurred, it would be impossible for us to know whether the strength and composition of your tyre have been damaged. Making a repair to a damaged tyre is a sure-fire way of diminishing driving safety, which is something that we wouldn’t advise. Your safety is our main priority. As such, we would always advise you to purchase a new run flat tyre rather than repairing it. You can browse our selection of run flat tyres by simply entering your registration and postcode into our tyre search tool at the top of the page.