Tricky Flat Tire Repairs

No one wants to see one of their 19” Used Tires flat right before they’re going to make an important drive. Something like that can ruin the rest of your day! .. or at least I know it would ruin my whole week for sure. People like you and me know that when this happens, we have to install the spare tire and then pay for a whole new one - no one likes that.

When you have a punctured speed rated tire, this brings more problems than you can even imagine. There’s some different tire manufacturers out there that “allow” one of their 19” Used Tires to keep its speed rating only if a there’s a specified multistep repair procedure that’s done the right way. Most of the different manufacturers will say that since they really have no control over the damage that was caused by either a puncture or the way it was repaired, there is no way that they can confirm that the tire has retained its high speed capability.

Because of this, they shape their policy like this: a punctured and/or repaired tire will no longer keep hold of its speed rating and should then be treated as a non-speed rated tire.

There are a total of three main things that you should look at when repairing a tire: assess the damage your tire has because of the puncture the object has caused, reestablish a seal that’s airtight in the tire’s innerliner, then you have to completely fill the path the object took through the tire. There’s your typical mushroom-shaped patch and plug combination repair that’s known to be the best way of repairing one of your 19” Used Tires that’s been punctured.

Any type of repair that’s done without taking the tire off from the wheel is the wrong way to do a repair - trust me. If you don’t check the inside of a tire for hidden damage that may or may not be in there, you run the risk of returning a weakened tire to service. Punctures that are in the area of the tread that may have seemed repairable could easily have been deeper than they appeared. Without taking the tire off of the wheel, this type of damage would have easily been missed.

If you think you can just plug something into the outside of the tire without taking it off, you cannot be more wrong. Any repair that doesn’t completely fill the hole of the puncture is the wrong kind of repair. Even though a patch on the inside of the tire will reseal the innerliner, we all know that it doesn’t fill the path of the puncture - this isn’t acceptable. When it doesn’t fill the path, moisture will eventually reach the steel belts and/or the casing cords will then either rust or deteriorate.

If you didn’t know, there is more than one rubber compound that composes a tire. The innerliner of the tire will use a special rubber compound that contains the ability to retain air in a more efficient way. Once the puncture damage has been done, the innerliner has to be cleaned, buffed, cemented, patched and coated to assure its ability to retain air has been restored.

I mean, I think we can conclude that there are more steps to fixing a tire and that you can’t do it all by yourself. I just want to make sure that both of us know you need to go get your 19” Used Tires fixed as soon as soon as you see a puncture. Cool?