TYRE REPAIR | GET BACK ON TRACK WITH A TYRE REPAIR
In some situations, your tyre can be repaired rather than replaced. It depends on where the damage is and how bad it is.
Some damage is not obvious – don’t attempt to repair a tyre yourself. Come in to your nearest Advantage Tyres store and our experienced team will check it over and help get you sorted.
HOW DO PUNCTURES OCCUR?
All tyres can get punctures and this is an unavoidable fact of motoring.
Worn or over inflated tyres are more likely to suffer from punctures whereas tyres that are well maintained and kept in good condition suffer from less punctures.
In many cases punctures can be repaired safely within the tyre manufacturer’s recommendations and the regulations or standards concerning safe tyre repairs and methods. We only repair tyres that sit completely within these rules for your safety and peace of mind.
HOW DO YOU REPAIR A TYRE?
In order to determine whether a tyre can be repaired safely, the tyre must be removed from the wheel and inspected thoroughly inside and out.
Once established that the tyre can be repaired and the damage is located in the allowed repair zone, we will mend the puncture and refit the tyre to the wheel and balance the whole assembly before refitting to the vehicle.
Some types or brands of tyres and damage of tyres cannot be repaired safely according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and should be disposed of if punctured or damaged.
Liquid Puncture sealants should only be used as a temporary repair solution in order to drive at a moderate speed, to a specialist. After a detailed inspection, the specialist will decide whether to repair or replace the damaged tyre.
Before repairing a tyre, a thorough inspection of the tyre must be carried out, since driving on an under-inflated tyre can cause irreversible damage and only a thorough check of the inside of the tyre can determine whether it can be repaired or not.
WHAT TYPE OF DAMAGE CANNOT BE REPAIRED?
The tyre must be removed from the wheel in order to accurately assess its actual condition and the type of repair required.
Tyres presenting the following signs of damage cannot be repaired and MUST be taken out of service:
- Visible or deformed bead wire
- Heating and separation of internal plies or layers
- Deterioration due to solvents, grease or corrosive particles
- Creasing or mottling of the interior lining (inside rubber)
- Circular wear on the sidewall due to contact between the rubber and the ground
- Cracking of the rubber due to ageing of the tyre.
For us safety is non-negotiable so we will only repair tyres that can be used safely without risk.
HOW TO AVOID PUNCTURES
- Safely steer clear of debris on the road where possible.
- Check your tyre tread doesn’t have embedded stones fragments, glass chunks, or other sharp objects. They can work their way in deeper to cause a puncture.
- Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated.
- Don’t forget to check your spare tyre too.
Come into your local Advantage Tyres store and get a FREE Tyre Safety Check. We’ll make sure your tyres, including the spare, are in good condition.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A FLAT TYRE
You can’t really predict a puncture, but you can be prepared when one strikes.
Stay calm, flick your hazard lights on and pull slowly to the side of the road. If possible, park your vehicle well clear of the road and passing traffic. You may be able to change the tyre yourself or you may want to phone a road-side assistance Provider.
Drive carefully with your replacement tyre, particularly if it’s a smaller space-saver style tyre which is only designed for temporary use at no more than 80km/h.
Head to a Advantage Tyres store to get your damaged tyre assessed for repair. Ask them to double-check the wheel nuts on the replacement tyre if you have changed it yourself.