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Making the right choice will protect you, your family and your neighbors.

Thousands of passenger, light truck, truck and Off-Road tires are permanently and safely repaired each day with Tech products. Repairing a tire allows the tire to remain in use, helping to eliminate the global, growing problem of scrap tires. Literally all-global tire manufacturers advocate repair of their tires, although tire repair procedures may be different from one tire manufacturer to another. Repairing a tire saves consumers and businesses considerable money vs. having to purchase a new tire.

What is a Proper Tire Repair?

Many countries throughout the world have published standards or recommendations for proper tire repairing. To ensure a proper tire repair:

  • Your tire should always be demounted from the wheel and inspected for damage or unsafe conditions, which might make the tire non-repairable.
  • The tire should then be repaired by removing the object that caused the damage, then drilling out the injury to remove all damage to the tire.
  • Based on the size of the injury, your tire repair specialist will then determine how the tire should be repaired. Typically, a "nail hole" injury is any injury 1/4" (6mm) or smaller in passenger tires. Injuries larger than 1/4" (6mm) are considered to be "section repairs" on passenger tires. Injuries larger than 3/8" (9mm) are considered section repairs on light truck and truck tires.
  • A proper tire repair procedure uses a vulcanizing rubber stem to fill the tire injury and the proper sized tire repair patch to reinforce the inner liner of the tire.

Can sidewall or shoulder injuries be repaired?

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Tech's policy is most crown, shoulder and sidewall injuries can be repaired, depending on:

  • The location of the injury
  • The size of the injury
  • Type of tire and speed rating of the tire

However, Tech advocates that the tire manufacturer's published tire repair policy for the brand of tire being repaired be strictly followed and adhered to when repairing that particular brand of tire.

Where should I go to get my tire repaired?

Most tire service locations and tire dealers have trained tire technicians, the required tools, and tire repair products to make a proper, safe tire repair.

Ask these questions of any shop to which you take your tire to be repaired:

  • Do you repair tires using Industry Approved methods, a rubber plug to fill the injury and a patch for the inner liner or a plug/patch combination unit?
  • Do you employ trained tire repair technicians?

Do not have your tire repaired with any plug or string/rope product from the outside only. These tire repair products do not meet Industry Standards and are not considered to be permanent repairs. These repairs also void most tire manufacturers warranties.