Have you dealt with a flat tire? Learn if you can avoid paying for a new tire by seeing if your tire can safely be plugged and on its way!
This little plug made of rubber and covered in leather can be the difference between you buying a new tire or getting it repaired when you notice you have a leak in your tire.
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center.
First and foremost, if you have a flat or your tire is becoming low, take it to your local order technician.
I’ve covered this in a prior video as I discuss how you can further damage your car if you don’t. Normally if your tire can be plugged with this plug, they will gladly get that done for you.
But, there are times when they tell you this plug will not be able to fix your tire.
Before I explain six reasons, your tire can’t be plugged causing, yes, you have to purchase a new tire, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and check out our YouTube channel to get your latest auto repair tips.
The US Tire Manufacturers Association and Tire Industry Association provides guidelines that are determining for your safety whether we could plug your tire.
These are the following reasons.
- Number one, the hole is too large for a tire plug to hold, which is larger than a quarter-inch or six millimeters.
- Number two, the hole it’s too close to the sidewall and it’s not about an inch to an inch and a half from the sidewalk to the center tread.
- Number three, a bubble is noticed in the sidewalk compromising, you got it, the integrity of the tire.
- Number four, a jagged cut is in your tire. How about number five? If the tire is driven on a flat for a while. Or number six, the tire tread depth is less than 2/36.
If your tire doesn’t fall on this list, lucky you, the technician can use a tire plug. Check your tire pressures frequently, which can be done through your dashboard, if you have a newer car, or manually it can also be done.
Now, if that tire light comes on because you have tire sensors, don’t ignore it. Always check and make sure you have proper tire pressure.
Thank you for watching and for your next car care needs you can schedule through our website or give us a call at 609-625-3286.
We are located here at 5473 Somers Point Road in Mays Landing.
You got it, next to Freddy J’s Bar & Kitchen.
Remember, you can always come here and get your tire plugged while you’re next door having a delicious lunch.
Thank you for watching.