It has happened to most of us. We’re on our way to school or work, and we hear that dreaded sound of a flat tire or a blowout. Some sort of debris in the road has left you with a damaged tire and an immobile vehicle. This situation always brings on frustration. Now you must deal with getting your car to a tire repair shop. The tire must be properly assessed to perform the necessary repair or replacement service. Depending on where the puncture is located and the severity of the damage, the tire will either only need a simple repair or be replaced.
A tire plug is performed using malleable rubber that when inserted into a puncture will expand and trap air from getting out. Tire plugging should be a temporary fix for a damaged tire and not a permanent solution for proper tire repair. It is safe to drive with a tire plug for a short time, as the intent of the repair is to allow the car to be drivable so that you can reach the tire store. A plug can only be used on small holes — those up to ¼ inch in diameter. Tire plugs should only be used on the tread of the tire, not on or near the sidewalls.
Replacement Of A Damaged Tire
Nobody wants to replace a new tire or a tire with plenty of tread still left. But the reality is that our safety should always come first. Your tires are your most important automotive part and the only automotive part that touches the road. The deciding factors on whether a tire can be repaired depend on how much damage has occurred and where the damage is located. The following situations will always warrant a new tire:
● any damage to the shoulder or sidewall of the tire
● large holes anywhere in the tire of more than ¼” in diameter
● evidence of any severe damage, such as tread separation or large gashes
● the tire is damaged in a previously repaired area
St Paul Tire Repair And Replacement
St. Paul Automotive will do everything we can to repair a punctured tire but will not compromise your safety. With a variety of tires on site, chances are good that we will be able to replace your tire on the spot. Call us at (651) 298-0956 today to schedule an appointment.