Tires: When to Repair, When to Replace

Your Guide to Tire Repair

Is there a nail sticking out of your tire? Wondering if you have to replace the whole thing or if you can just patch it? The Mechanic Spot in Nashville, Tennessee uses a strict system to determine if a tire is safe to repair. If you want to check at home, follow this guide from our professionals!

Assess Overall Tire Health

Before we even get to inspect the damage, we first want to know if the tire is safe for continued operation. In other words, should this tire be replaced regardless of the puncture?

Balding is inevitable. Use the penny test to determine if the tire tread is too low. Stick Lincoln head-first into the tread. If you can see the top of his head, it’s time for a new tire. (Repeat the process on the other tires to see if you need a new set!)

Has this tire been repaired before? If so, it’s had its shot at redemption. Opt for a full replacement to protect optimal safety and handling.

So far so good? Move on to the next check!

Check Air Pressure

Flat tires can’t be repaired. Driving on a tire with any significant loss in air pressure could cause damage to the side walls or reduce the structural integrity, rendering it unsafe for continued use.

Did you catch the problem early and still have proper air pressure? Let’s check a few more things.

Inspect the Damage

What’s wrong with the tire? A gash, tear, or slit can’t be patched. Only puncture holes less than ¼ inch in diameter can be safely repaired.

Where’s the problem? Any damage outside of the tread area can’t be fixed. Sorry, but you’ll have to swap on a new tire.

Fit within the measurements? You’re good to go!

Tire Repair at The Mechanic Spot

Think your tire qualifies for repair? Don’t do it yourself if you don’t have the right tools or training for the job. Ask our professionals in Nashville, Tennessee for assistance! We’ll get the job done quickly so you can get back on the road.

Written by The Mechanic Spot

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