How and When to Repair Your Tires
You can’t ignore tread punctures or penetrations because they can cause irreversible tire damage. At the same time, an improper repair can damage the tire and void a tire’s warranty. Only punctures in the tread area less than ¼” in diameter may be potentially repaired and returned to service. Consult your tire repair professional to determine if a tire is repairable and always have a professional perform the repair.
If any of the following conditions exist, the tire cannot be repaired:
- A tire worn below 2/32" (1.6 mm)
- Tires with tread punctures larger than 1/4" (6.35 mm)
- Holes larger than 1/4" (6.35 mm)
- Sidewall or shoulder damage
- Broken or deformed bead wires
- Deterioration of rubber
- Damage to the bead
Plug and Patch is the Proper Tire Repair
While plug or patch repairs are common, using plugs or patches alone is not considered a proper repair. The combination of a plug and patch is the correct and proper method. For a proper repair that meets all recommendations and requirements, visit your nearest tire service professional such as a Firestone Complete Auto Care.