Learning About Tires And Rims
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Learning About Tires And Rims

Hi there, my name is Wesley. I created this site about tires and rims to help you properly equip your vehicle with the right combination. The tires and rims you install on your car directly influence its overall appearance and stance. Furthermore, drivability issues are usually caused by the wrong combination of tires and rims. I will talk about the methods you can use to make sure you are buying the right items for your car with every upgrade. I hope you will visit my site often to learn all you can about this fascinating and important auto subject. Thank you for coming by.


Learning About Tires And Rims

Knowing Whether To Repair Or Replace A Tire

Cindy Harvey

If you have a tire on your vehicle that has not been holding air as it should, you want to take action in having it repaired or replaced so you are safe while driving. There are some times when a tire can be safely repaired instead of needing to purchase an entirely new one. Here are some guidelines to follow when determining whether to go ahead with a repair job or replacement of a tire.

If A Hole Is Very Small In Size, Repairing May Be Feasible

When a tire becomes punctured, air will release from within. You may notice that you have a slow leak and need to fill your tire every few days. If this is the case, a small puncture is likely to be present. A tire shop will remove the tire from your vehicle and submerge it in water to check for bubbles near your tire. This will show the repair person where the tire is flawed. If the puncture is very tiny, it can be filled using a tire plug and an appropriate sealant. This patch will keep the air in your tire so you no longer need to fill it often.

If Multiple Holes Are Present, An Evaluation Needs To Be Done

A tire can be repaired if it had sustained damage in more than one location, but it needs an assessment first. If punctures are located close to each other, plugging each hole may not do an adequate job of sealing the rubber covering properly. If punctures are located across from each other and in the central portion of the driving surface of a tire, patchwork may temporarily hold the tire together. It is best to bring the tire to a repair shop for a complete evaluation. The shop will let you know if the tire can be successfully patched and how long they believe the tire can be used before it needs to be replaced. If you are worried about the condition of the tire and its overall structure, opt for a replacement.

If You Were In An Accident, Forego Repairing And Replace The Tire Instead

It is best to refrain from attempting to have your tire repaired if you were in an accident with your vehicle. There is a chance the tire had sustained damage in locations not visible. For this reason, it is best to replace the tire instead for safety reasons. 

For more info, contact a local tire shop