Tire Repair Basics

If you suffer tire damage to the tread area only, repair may be an option. But how can you tell? And what else do you need to know about choosing repair over replace? Find out here.

Tire Repair Basics

Today’s tires are engineered to last, so a puncture doesn’t have to mean replacement. But how do you know when is repair an option? What steps are involved?   

We recommend consulting with a trained technician and considering repairs only if damage is limited to the tread area only and the puncture injury is no greater than 1/4 inch (6mm) in diameter.

When repairing a tire, keep in mind the following criteria:

  • Tires must be removed from the rim/wheel assembly and inspected for all possible damage—including damage to the inner liner.
  • Tire repairs cannot overlap with other repairs.
  • A rubber stem, or plug, must be applied to fill the puncture injury and a patch must be applied to seal the inner liner. (A plug alone is an unacceptable repair.) 


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