Tyres are said to be the strongest parts of our vehicles. That’s true to the word because they take you to your destinations day and night and in the process, wear and tear of these tyres is a normal process. The roads can be pretty harsh for these tyres. There are potholes on the roads. If that’s not enough, there can be stony and rocky patches on the roads or pieces of glass shards scattered shoddily in the middle of the journey. All these factors contribute to the wearing away of the tyres.
In such cases, punctures are quite common among the tyres Hounslow. A puncture is nothing but a small passage in the tyre that allows the air to escape from it. In most cases, punctures do get repaired. But you need to be careful enough to check if a puncture can be repaired or not. Punctures are not always repairable and you need to be sure about that. This blog is going to discuss the situations when a puncture can be darned and when it cannot be. Let’s read further.
How do you know you have a puncture in your tyre?
Your vehicle gives you a lot of signs that show that you have a puncture in your tyres. Some of them are –
- You will have steering issues in your tyres. It will become difficult than before. A tyre that has a slow puncture deflates gradually and that creates a negative impact on steering.
- Your vehicle may wobble as you drive.
- You may find your vehicle pulling to one side. Either right or left. It all depends on which side you have the puncture.
- You may get to hear a ticking sound coming from the tyre in case the tyre has a nail or screw in it. Every time the tyre rolls and that nail comes in contact with the road, you get to hear that sound.
When can and cannot a puncture be repaired?
There are many factors that need to be considered before repairing the puncture. A puncture can be repaired-
- If it’s a small puncture. Its diameter must be less than 6mm.
- If the puncture is in the central three-quarters of the tyre. If it’s outside this area, then it will be unsafe to repair the tyre. That’s because then it will be quite close to the sidewall. A puncture in the sidewall or even close to it is dangerous to be repaired.
- If you find a distorted rubber or a bead wire that is visible or if you see cracks in the tyre, then also the puncture can’t be repaired.
- If there’s more than one puncture and they are close to each other, then also you can’t repair that puncture.
- If there’s damage to the inner liner of the tyre, then repairing a puncture won’t be a good option.
- The structural integrity of the tyre shouldn’t be compromised. In such a case, the puncture can be repaired.
- If the tyre has been damaged to a certain extent due to overinflation or underinflation, then puncture repair mustn’t be carried out.
How should punctures be repaired?
Punctures should always be repaired by the rules laid down in British Standard BS AU 159. They clearly state the limits of puncture repair. These rules clearly set out the guidelines for the location and the size of the puncture. Apart from this, the procedure to repair a puncture must be followed scrupulously. These standards clearly state the use of a patch and a plug to repair a puncture accurately. The number of repairs that you can carry out on the all-season tyres in London also should be adhered to.
So, we see, not all punctures be repaired. To be on the safer side, you must take your vehicle to some expert technician who can inspect it carefully and carry out the required formalities with the tyres.