Everything You Need to Know About Tyre Punctures
There is nothing more infuriating than getting a puncture particularly as it always seems to happen when you’re in a hurry or when you are going on a long journey.
Your tyres can begin to lose pressure for numerous reasons. The most usual culprit being a nail, followed by a thorn or some foreign object that you have driven on, resulting in the tyre becoming punctured. However, you need to bear in mind that your tyre can also lose pressure due to a faulty valve or the rim that is leaking air which then causes your tyre to lose pressure and go flat.
Here at Land Tyre Service, over the years we have repaired thousands of punctures. However, dependant upon where the puncture is located depends on whether or not it can be repaired.
If the puncture is in the middle of the tread of the tyre, then it can usually be repaired (British Safety Guidelines BSAU159 recommend that punctures within the central ¾ of the tread can be considered safe to repair) However, If the puncture is near the edge or on the sidewall of the tyre then unfortunately this is not repairable and and you will need a new replacement tyre.
How big is the puncture? Apart from the location of the puncture, another thing we have to consider is the size of the puncture. If it has been caused by a foreign object, these punctures can be quite significant. Punctures larger than 6mm in diameter are not able to be repaired.
Did You Have to Drive on the Puncture?
Unfortunately, sometimes you have no choice but to drive on a punctured tyre, even for just a short distance. This can result in the tyre sidewall becoming damaged. This means that the tyre would not be safe to repair. This damage isn’t usually discovered until the tyre is removed from the wheel, which is when our technicians can detect the internal damaged caused by the tyre being driven at low pressure.
At Land Tyre Service, we regularly run promotions for FREE PUNCTURE REPAIRS to make the best of what started out to be a bad day.
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