There is nothing worse than an unexpected flat tire. Not only can it cause a big-time delay in your day but determining the severity of the problem can sometimes be difficult. Should you try to patch the tire and see how it goes, or do you need to buy a replacement set to be sure you can get going?
While a tire repair can certainly be frustrating, the good news is that there are a few rules of thumb you can follow to be sure that you will have a safe and smooth ride once you get back on the road. First of all, a patch is ideal for small punctures – like if you ran over a nail. A tire patch is generally a fast and easy repair that only takes a few minutes and will have you back on the road in a short period of time.
Tire replacement may be best if you have a large gouge in your tire and/or you see the potential for additional damage if you don’t replace it. For example, if you have a small puncture but the tread wear is low on your tires, a replacement may be the better long-term tire repair option for safety purposes. Adding a patch might provide the fix you need for a short trip, but ultimately won’t sustain your tire for the long haul. There is a lot of security in knowing that you truly have great tires on your vehicle.
It’s important to note that using a patch for tire repair is never meant to be the end-all fix for your tire. Any type of damage that causes your tire to lose air or traction on the road should be considered critical. Ultimately, you’ll want to replace your tire as soon as you are able to get to a place where you can make informed decisions about what to do.
At Webber Offroad, we’ll be happy to assist with tire repair, whether it’s adding a patch or providing you with a great set of tires for your next trip. Call today to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment.