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Tyres: Repair or Replace

How do you know when to repair or when to replace your tyre?

It is important to keep a close eye on your tyres and to know when they need repairing or replacing, but we know it isn’t always easy. We have put together the short guide below so you can identify the course of action. Take a look and if you need extra help and advice, please let us know.

The first thing to note is that if your tread depth is below 1.6mm or if you have substantial damage from potholes and uneven roads, you will need to replace your tyre.

Replacing your tyre

There are a few scenarios where repairing your tyre is out of the question. These could include:

  • Cracking or deformation
  • Previous repairs
  • Visible steel cords from the inner layer
  • Bead damage
  • Uneven tyre wear in the centre or at the edges.

Repairing your tyre

Whether or not the tyre can be repaired will be dependent on a few different factors. The location of the puncture is the first key thing. The British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association says you should only get a tyre repaired if the damage is on the central ¾ of the tyre. Any puncture too close to the sidewall cannot result in a safe and lasting repair. Repairing tyres in this condition can deem your tyres unroadworthy, so it is not a risk you should consider taking.

If you have run flat tyres, it is strongly advised that you replace these instead of repairing. The nature of the tyre means that repairs are tricky, and chances are, it has been driven on over 30mph after the puncture occurred.

If you are at all unsure, it is always best to seek the help and advice of a professional.

If you want your Tyres checked, or get a puncture and want an expert's opinion, visit the team here at MotorServ UK or give us a Call on: 0121 733 3387 to arrange an appointment.  Solihull and Birmingham leading independent Car Service Centre.