Getting a flat tire doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll need to get a replacement set. With professional repairs, many drivers are able to continue using their tires for thousands of miles. But not all repairs are created equal. Most consist of either tire patching or tire plugging. Here’s what you should know about these distinct methods.
Tire plugs are generally considered the quick fix for a flat tire, and are often used after the tire has been punctured by a nail. After the object that punctured the tire is removed, the plug is inserted into the hole. In this process, the addition of an unvulcanized rubber allows the strips of leather that make up the plug to fully fuse to the tire.
Plugs allow for fast and inexpensive repairs. However, they do not address any interior issues that may be affecting your tires. Plugs are generally considered inadequate for large or irregularly shaped holes.
Though tire patching is a bit more expensive and time-consuming, it’s considered the most effective way to repair tires. The tire is removed from the wheel, then the punctured area is cleaned with a die grinder so that any interior issues won’t impact the repair’s effectiveness. The rubber patch is placed on the inside of the tire and sealed to create a long-lasting repair.
Though tire patches can last a tire’s entire lifetime, they are not recommended when damage is closer than one inch to the sidewall. In these circumstances, the tire should be replaced.
Whether you need to repair a flat tire or address another auto maintenance issue, Brothers Tire Sales has you covered. Serving Cabarrus and Rowan counties, NC, for more than 50 years, this family-owned tire service center offers top-quality work and products from national brands like Michelin® and BFGoodrich®. They also offer regular maintenance including oil changes, tire rotations, and brake service to ensure your vehicle runs as smoothly as possible. To learn more about their services, visit them online or call (704) 933-2203 to schedule an appointment today.