Puncture Repair: When Can It Be Done & Is It Safe?
Getting a puncture can be a pain in the neck and in the wallet, but have you thought about getting the puncture repaired rather than replacing the tyre? Do you wonder whether puncture repair is safe or when it can be completed?
In this guide we aim to explain when it is safe and not so safe to repair a puncture in your tyre.
Is Puncture Repair Safe?
Puncture repairs can be safe and cost effective way of repairing a tyre rather than replacing it. Most often the repair will be completed internally on the tyre using a tyre patch specifically designed for repairing car tyres - or other vehicles for that matter.
When is it Safe to Repair a Puncture?
A puncture should only be repaired if it is less than 6mm in diameter and within the minor repair area of the tyre.
Minor Repair Area
The minor repair area is the centre 3/4 of tread on the tyre. A puncture should only be repaired if it is within this minor repair area, as indicated in green on the photo.
Outside of the minor repair area is known as the major repair area.
Major Repair Area
A tyre with a puncture in the major repair area, as demonstrated in the photo below, cannot be repaired and should instead be replaced with a new tyre.
Prior to repairing any punctures on a damaged tyre, we will always inspect the condition and wear of the tyre to ensure it is safe and road legal upon completing the repair and refitting it to your vehicle. If the tyre tread is under the legal limit of 1.6mm or there are any bulges or exposed cords we will not repair the tyre.
Run Flat Tyres
Unfortunately, run flat tyres cannot be repaired and must be replaced.