You just got a puncture or cut in your tyre, and now you’re faced with the decision of whether to repair it or replace the tyre. The first thing to do is slow down and proceed with caution until you come to a safe place to pull over.
The next step is getting out from under pressure so you can make a worthwhile Puncture Repair Whitchurch repair decision based on facts rather than emotion.
Before we get into the details of repairing tyres, here’s a quick review of what causes them:
Tyres have belts made up of thousands upon thousands of individual steel cords wrapped around an inner liner. Different types and sizes of internal structures can be combined in various ways for specific tyre purposes.
The body plies provide the tyre’s integrity while the belts provide resistance to high-speed tyre deformation. There are other parts in the structure of a tyre (anticipators, signal stress, etc.), but they play secondary roles to the belts and plies.
So how do punctures occur?
Well, if you remember your childhood days running around barefoot or with cheap plastic sandals on, then you’ve probably experienced stepping on broken glass or debris that penetrated through your soles into your feet.
A flat tyre is similar; it’s like having an object slice through all those steel cords at once. If this happens while driving at highway speeds, then you’re suddenly running on thousands of cut cords, creating another kind of hazard.
What are the different options for repair?
There are many tyre repair options on the market today. The best advice is to choose a system that you can learn quickly and easily, then practice, practice, practice before an emergency strikes so your chances of being a successful increase from 50-75% with a sound system down to 90+%.
If it’s been several years since you’ve even looked at a puncture repair kit or noticed one on the shelf in your local auto parts store, then review all your options as new technologies have emerged recently, making some systems easier for one person to use.
For example, R&R Steelmate’s new tyre Plugger uses a heavy-duty air compressor built into the case, which fills 20 bicycle tyres and plugs leaks to 1/4″ without removing the tyre.
Tips to repair tyre puncture :
The following tips are some guidelines for making decisions on tyre service options that will help you choose the best. You can use these tips to prepare yourself for an emergency or just learn about how your tyre works, so you have a better understanding of its limitations.
It’s always good practice to keep a plugging kit in your trunk even if you don’t drive very often because it could save someone else from being stranded with a flat tyre too. If nothing else, it will give your children something to play with while they’re learning to fix simple things before they become big problems!
Manufacturers of plugging kits have different criteria in their campaigns designed specifically for retailers and the aftermarket.
All the kits we list here meet or exceed current national and international standards regarding materials and repair performance (which is good) and in terms of availability and coverage (which can be better).
Some companies may not sell direct via traditional distribution chains or third-party retailers, only selling to service providers who then add their markup when sold through other channels. This means that if you’re a consumer, you may need to search around for your best option.
The #1 question asked about plugging tyres is, “Will it work on my tyre?” Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer because each puncture has its challenges, whether location, depth, or damage to the carcass structure.
Don’t get lost in the detail of how high-speed air pumps and speciality “tools for tools” can be a distraction from learning simple, quick and effective systems.
This is especially important because the faster you go through all these options, the more likely you will get confused or encounter difficulties that could have been avoided.
The most common cause of plug failure is a lack of knowledge of the system being used, so take your time before an emergency strikes.
If you’re looking at plugging kits, then chances are they’re not going to be installed on your vehicle right now, even if it’s sitting in your garage (unless you already keep one in there). But when someone asks me what we do, I always tell them we “fit tyres” because that’s the essence of what we do, not “we plug punctures.
” Installation is just as necessary as repair. This is especially true if you’re using a kit to change your tyre after someone has plugged it unless you’ve done so before and know how to re-install it correctly. If so, then even better!
A good number of cars today have run-flat tyres where there’s no spare in the trunk anymore but rather a tyre repair kit with either air or sealant to inflate and perform minor repairs when necessary.
These kits are often incorporated into the design of the vehicle through its rims or wheel well area (for example, Ford or GM), making them hard to access at best and requiring the tyre to be cut up with a straight edge knife (again, Ford) or at worst impossible without special machinery and training.
Having an R&R Steelmate in your trunk is often much easier to use, especially if you get stranded trying to get home from work at 6 pm on a Friday…
As mentioned above, it’s essential to understand where punctures are most likely to occur versus how they can be repaired after their location has been identified.
For example – fixing large diameter holes in the tread area of the tyre that may have run over debris or small sharp objects close to the road surface will require different equipment than if similar damage occurs along the sidewall inside of the rim-mounted flange where this kind of repair requires a specialist tool and set of procedures.
It’s just as important to consider where you put the kit in your car, truck, or SUV. If it’s too hard to use then, it won’t get used until you need it!
The very first thing I recommend (after tyre rotation every 7500km) is checking the status of all your tyres for wear regularly. This applies to both cars and commercial vehicles, regardless of their purpose.
Driving on worn tyres is not only potentially dangerous but also exposes those around you and yourself on the road to unnecessary risk by tearing up more tread (and therefore surface area on the rim-mounted flange). Replacing them before they fail can save time and money in the long run.
Most people understand doing something like patching a tyre is their responsibility rather than leaving it up to someone else (or hoping someone will notice). But what about putting on your spare?
If you’ve ever had to do the Puncture Repair Whitchurch when stranded with no help in sight, then you’ll know how embarrassing and challenging it can be! That’s why some commercial vehicles have built-in air compressors, air chucks, and other tools for just this situation.