Puncture Repairs; There are a variety of indications to watch out for when you think you might have a puncture, but your tyre has not yet gone flat. These are:
- The steering may be difficult to control and this usually happens because the tyre is slowing deflating due to having sustained a puncture in the form of a slow blow.
- The car could be shaken or wobbly as you drive
- The car can be able to pull towards either the left or right side, based on which direction the puncture lies situated on.
- If the tyre is fitted with screws or nails inside, you might hear a ticking sound because it comes into contact with roads when the tyres spin
Are puncture repairs safe?
There are certain guidelines established by the British Standard BS AU 159 which must be followed in order for puncture repairs to be done in a safe manner. They set limits on the location, size , and amount of repairs that can be done on the Tyre. To comply with these guidelines and follow the safety guidelines, we’ll only fix a puncture that has occurred within the “minor repair area which is the center third area of the tyre. If the tyre is damaged by punctures outside of the area of this, we are unable to fix it safely because it is far enough away from the wall. In addition, if the puncture is more than 6 millimeters in diameter regardless of whether it’s in the safe zone or not, it is not possible to repair it because this damage would be too extensive for a secure repair.
The British Tyre Manufacturers Association (BTMA) represents that sector of Tyre manufacture industry across the UK works in conjunction with Tyresafe.org which actively promotes road safety. Accordingly, the BTMA requires tyre mechanics to respect the British Standard when carrying out puncture repairs.
So, here we are at National Tyres we will not do a “string” repair. A string repair is repair of punctures that are located on to the exterior of the tire. It is considered unsafe because the technician won’t be able to inspect the internal damage to the tyre due to the puncture. This isn’t an authorized British Standard BS AU 159 repair.
Can my puncture be repaired?
It will depend on the location where the tyre was punctured as well as the kind of puncture it was hit by, the condition of the tyre, and how fast it was rated.
A tyre is only repaired if it’s small in size (less then 6mm) in the middle 3/4 of the tyre. Anywhere else it is considered to be dangerous as they are too near to sidewall.
Other things to be considered are the type of tyre punctured by and the general state that the tyre is in. In the event that it’s a tiny object, such as screws or nails which caused a tiny puncture it is situated in the middle 3/4 of the tyre, then it’s possible to fix the puncture.
If, however, the tyre shows any wall damage, or there is visible bead wire or rubber is cracked and distorted, the tyre is not able to be repaired safely and will require replacement. All tyres with a rating of “V” and above may only be repaired once during the life of the tyre. To get to know about your tyres , visit area: Aldershot or visit the website Arservicecentre.co.uk