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Is it OK to patch a tire?

Last Updated: 24th April, 2020

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For the most part, a properly patched tire should allow you to drive safely for a long period of time. However, there still are some concerns. Here are some things to know about driving with a patched tire safety: A patch can be a stronger repair than a plug, yet it is not designed to be used on, or near a sidewall.

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Thereof, how long can you drive on a patched tire?

On average, tire experts predict that a proper plug and patch can last from 7-10 years. Although tire patches can last a long time, a tire should never be patched more than once. It can negatively affect the speed rating and potentially cause blowouts.

Similarly, can a tire patch fail? Not all tire punctures are created equal; some can be repaired, and some can't. Car tires that are improperly repaired can fail and result in an accident. For example, this photo shows an example of a repair that should never have been done.

Similarly one may ask, where is it safe to patch a tire?

Puncture repairs are limited to the center of the tread area. If there are punctures or damage in the shoulder or sidewall of the tire, it is not repairable.

Is it safe to drive on a repaired tire?

A proper repair job with a plug-patch results in a tire able to hold air indefinitely -- that is, unless you get another puncture. It is safe to drive your vehicle like this as long as the tire's useful life.

Related Question Answers

Zhiping Tribbensee

Professional

Is a patch or plug better for tire?

Plugs work best when you've run over a nail or similar blunt object that punctures the tire and causes it to leak air. After the nail or sharp object is removed, the plug can be inserted into the hole to fix the leak. A patch, on the other hand, is considered to be a better quality tire repair.

Kamla Giorgia

Professional

Can I drive long distance with a plugged tire?

While it is safe to drive with a plugged tire, it is only safe to do so for a short amount of time. If the hole in your tire is larger than ¼ inch in diameter or is near the sidewall, it would be best to have a spare tire installed by a mechanic until you can get a new pair of tires.

Maddox Bockenberg

Professional

When should you not patch a tire?

Tire Repair Guidelines
  1. Repairs are limited to the tread area only. Do not repair a tire if the injury extends into the shoulder or sidewall area.
  2. A tire puncture greater than 1/4 inch (or 6mm) is not able to be repaired.
  3. A tire repair can never overlap.
  4. A tire patch, by itself, is never a suitable repair.

Liria Stoeber

Explainer

Can I drive with a nail in my tire?

If you have a nail in your tire, it is time to have a professional look at your vehicle. It may be safe to drive a short distance, but not much more than that. The first thing to do if you notice a nail in your tire is do not touch it. If the nail is deep enough, it can plug the hole so air does not leak from the tire.

Adjutori Ibaieder

Explainer

What is the average cost to patch a tire?

On average, tire puncture repair will cost you between $10 and $20. The repair will involve getting the tire patched. Some tire dealers will repair a punctured tire for free if you purchased your tire from them. It is really a nice service to have at your disposal, and it makes you want to do business with them again.

Shara Hummell

Explainer

Are tire plugs a permanent fix?

It has a rubber plug that is built into it, so once this is pulled through, the metal piece comes off, the inside is a patch, it seals the inside, it seals the outside, it's considered a permanent repair.

Bassou Tschiersch

Pundit

Can a plugged tire blowout?

It isn't safe and could lead to a dangerous blowout. A plug by itself, or a patch by itself, is not acceptable. But a safer tire repair, done to the RMA standards, can give you thousands of miles more use from your tire.

Irene Wroblesk

Pundit

Should I pull a screw out of my tire?

No do not pull it out or you will be "screwed". Get the new tire ordered, you are going to need it and very soon. From what I've been told over the years, the location of the screw being so close to the side wall would make the tire hard to patch/ plug/ repair A new tire would be recommended!

Abdessalam Beetz

Pundit

Can you replace just one tire?

Replacing One Tire
If you choose to only replace one tire, pair it with the tire that has the second-most tread depth. They should both be mounted on the rear of your vehicle. Replacing only one tire is not as ideal as replacing two or all four tires.

Aizeti Miao

Pundit

Do Tire plugs last?

According to tire experts, a plugged tire can last from 7 to 10 years. In fact, it will outlast the tire's lifespan unless there is another puncture.

Danel El Kamouni

Pundit

Can you fix a run flat tire with a nail in it?

A run-flat tire with a nail in it could be repairable, but it will most likely need to be replaced after running flat.

Eliceo Isuribhere

Teacher

How much does it cost to patch a tire at Discount Tire?

Page Repairing a Flat Tire
Flat tire repairs due to a nail can charge anywhere from $10 to $20. Discount Tires offers free flat tire repairs, no matter where you bought your tires from. There are over 900 Discount Tire locations in the United States.

Astghik Funfrocken

Teacher

How much does it cost to patch a tire at Walmart?

For example, Walmart[4] charges $10 to repair a flat tire, or it is free if the owner purchased the Road Hazard Warranty at $10 per tire when buying tires at Walmart; Pep Boys[5] repairs flat tires for free for members of its Rewards program; and Discount Tire[6] (aka America's Tire) offers free flat repair, no

Anatoliy Slotowsk

Teacher

Does America's tire patch tires for free?

Free Tire Air Checks at Discount Tire. And should you have a screw or nail in your tire, Discount will usually fix it free of charge with a patch, as long as the screw or nail is in what is called the “repairable” area. See their website for details. Discount Tires is open Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday.

Aurel Diemke

Teacher

Is it bad to drive on a tire with a slow leak?

Driving with a slow leak in your tire is potentially dangerous because it can cause a flat tire. Once the tire becomes flat, it can become a blowout hazard. Sometimes you will be able to hear the pressurized air escaping from the small hole in the tire.

Taieb Mitkova

Reviewer

Are puncture repairs safe?

While perfectly safe when used in the minor repair area of the tyre, the process could potentially weaken the structure of the sidewall. So, even if your puncture is located in the minor repair area, if you drive on the deflated tyre it may not be repairable due to additional damage sustained to the tyre sidewall.

Henar Sraddha

Reviewer

How long does a tire last?

three to four years

Ixone Latif

Reviewer

Can you repair sidewall punctures?

Unfortunately, even though any one of several objects or events can cause your tire's sidewall to puncture, there's only one solution: replace the tire. Drivers are always hopeful we'll be able to repair a sidewall puncture. Unfortunately, sidewall punctures on passenger or light truck tires can't be repaired.

Ineta Chapela

Reviewer

How long does a puncture repair take?

It is generally faster to replace the inner tube with a spare rather than try to patch a tube that is on the bike. (You can repair the punctured tube at home or at your workplace.) Puncture glue takes at least five minutes to dry properly.