At some point in every driver’s career, an errant nail punctures a tire and deflates our plans for the day. Where your tire is injured determines whether you need to repair or replace your tire.

Getting a puncture in your tire does not necessarily mean that you need a new tire. There are approved methods of tire repair that can be performed depending on the nature and location of the injury.

As you can see in the above image, the nail punctured the tire in the shoulder area (marked in red), which is the transition between the tread and the sidewall. Any puncture in the red area, approximately 1-1.5 inches or 2.5 – 3.8 cm from the sidewall, is non-repairable.

In this  photo, we see that the nail also affected the tire bead area, the edge of the tire that sits on the wheel, and caused another injury. This would not have been noticed if the tire had not been removed.

In this  photo, we see that the nail also affected the tire bead area, the edge of the tire that sits on the wheel, and caused another injury. This would not have been noticed if the tire had not been removed.

We can’t repair this tire because the puncture is in area of the tire that flexes as the tire rolls along the pavement and the repair won’t hold. To better understand how the tire flexes, think of how an adhesive bandage strip loosens on your knuckle after just a few minutes of use. Now, imagine that you can flex your knuckle 850 times per minute, and you begin to understand what forces are at work in your tire at highway speeds. The patch will not remain attached and will not hold air.

However, area of the tire in green, which is everything between the tire shoulders, is a good candidate for a proper tire repair if the injury is small enough. Your local Go Tire professional will let you know if your tire can be safely repaired or if you need a new tire.

Check out the following blogs to learn more on how we repair your tires and the pros and cons of tire sealants. In the meantime, if you experience a flat, please call Go Tire. We come to you, and we’ll get you rolling along soon.