TIRE REPAIR & REPLACEMENT
KNOW WHEN TO REPAIR OR REPLACE
Whether it occurs during a tire's first mile of use or after thousands of miles of driving, a single cut or puncture can make it necessary to replace a damaged tire that can't be repaired.
The first consideration of evaluating if a tire can be repaired is based on how quickly the driver recognizes they have a problem and how promptly they respond to it.
If you’ve got a tire that’s been punctured by a nail or another object, the tire can be fixed, but only as long as the puncture is in the tread area and doesn’t measure more than 1/4 of an inch in diameter. (CarCare.org)
If the puncture is in the sidewall or shoulder of the tire, you’ve got to ditch the tire and get a new one. Safety first! (TireIndustry.org)
If there’s more than one puncture, you likely can get the tire repaired if the punctures are at least 16 inches apart. Otherwise, it’s time to buy a new tire.
Without dismounting the tire, any hidden damage would likely be missed.
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