Pneumatic tyres were a fantastic invention!
Although Robert William Thompson patented the first pneumatic way back in 1847, it was another Scottish man, John Boyd Dunlop, who developed the first commercially viable model a few decades later.
These tyres have since gone on to become all-encompassing, with cars even today using tyres with the same principles. That says something about how important this invention was, doesn’t it?
However, pneumatic tyres have a flaw, a ‘hamartia’ in Aristotelian idiom, which has troubled motorists ever since- they are prone to punctures!
Are We Doing Anything To Rid The World Of Tyre Punctures?
Now, it’s been over a century, but scientists are yet to discover a way in which punctures can be eliminated entirely. That’s not to say that there hasn’t been any development in the field. Some tyre makers are developing tyres that are not pneumatic at all.
Take Michelin’s Tweel technology for example. It is a combination of tyres and wheels, which doesn’t use compressed air, thereby eliminating the occurrence of punctures for good.
Whether or not these latest developments become practically implementable in the future remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure- we are not getting rid of punctures in the foreseeable future. So, let’s take a closer look at tyre leaks and everything that a motorist should know about those.
Things To Know About Puncture Repairs
The first thing that everyone should know is that leaks are repairable. Well, most of them!
You don’t have to discard your tyres every time it catches a nail. However, there are some terms and conditions attached to puncture repair subject to British Standards BSAU159 that you should know.
You cannot repair your Tyres Glasgow and other regions governed by the UK Department for Transport if the leak is outside the central 3/4th tread area, a.k.a minor repair area. The portion outside the minor repair area is the tyre’s sidewall. It’s too risky to repair this area as sidewall damage may permanently compromise with the structural integrity of the tyre.
Repair shouldn’t be attempted when the diameter of the leak is more than 6mm even when it is within the minor repair area.
The condition of the tyre should also be taken into consideration when attempting a repair job. If its tread depth is less than the prescribed 1.6mm limit, repairs are off the table. The same is the case for tyres with cracks and bulges on them.
Run flat Tyres Glasgow should also not be subject to repair. The nature of these tyres makes it difficult to determine whether its structural integrity is intact.
Although you can perform minor tyre repairs using a puncture repair kit at home, it is always advisable to seek professional help from experts at Tradeston Performance. Their puncture repair service is well-known apart from their collection of spare tyres from internationally acclaimed brands such as Goodyear, Continental and more.
Till the time that we develop a fail-safe technology against punctures, repairs seem to be the only way out. So, why not do it right?