It happens to all of us. You see that little spot coming out or you hear the sound of the air coming out of the pricked rubber. Maybe you’re in this situation right now. But before you get desperate, answer yourself to the following questions. You could be back on the road sooner than you think!
Identify in what area of the tire is the nail?
If it’s towards the center, the tire can be patched. If it is along the outside of the tire or on the sides, the hole must be clogged and the rubber changed.
Is there anything leaking from the sting?
If nothing comes out of the sting or if the leak is minor, it should be okay to drive a short distance to a repair shop. If the air leakage is major, it is not recommended to drive.
You can check this by putting a finger on the sting to feel the air. If you’re at home, spray soapy water around the nail and if it makes bubbles, it means the air comes out. If you can actually hear the leak, the tire won’t last long enough to drive.
Check if is a flat tire?
If you have a flat tire then you shouldn’t be driving. Driving with a flat tire will damage the inside of the rubber and rim and a tire replacement is needed. If you have a spare wheel, change the tire and take the damaged tire to a tire repair shop.
If your car is equipped with a run flat tire, you may not notice that it has lost all its air pressure, since these types of tires are made to support the weight of the vehicle in the situation of a puncture or damage. It’s okay to drive with tires like that to nearest service.
Runflat tires have reinforced side walls that allow you to continue driving, with or without the proper air pressure. Depending on the tire, you will be able to drive around 100 km at a speed of up to 80 km/h. You need to consult the specifications on the tire for the exact distance and speed.
How long can I drive with a Donut spare wheel or a mini reserve?
They are exclusively used to take you to the nearest service or vulcanization. Check the owner’s manual or the markings on the doughnut reserve. In general, you will be able to drive around 100 km at a maximum of 80 km/h.
How long can I drive with a normal-sized spare tire?
Such a reserve mimics the size of normal tires. In general, you see this type of tire in sports vehicles or older cars. You can drive as fast and as far a you want, but you’ll want to get your original back as quickly as possible. The reserve will not synchronize with the other three wheels, resulting in a difficult road to handle.
Can the sting caused by the nail be repaired?
If it is a normal tire, any puncture can be repaired if it is not in the area of the side walls or on the outside, and if it has a diameter of less than 0.5 cm. Wider holes or cuts cannot be repaired.
Can I fix it myself?
The repair consists of clogging and patching the hole both on the inside and outside of the tire. That involves removing the wheel from the vehicle and the tire from the wheel. Because of the work done and the need for special tools, patching a tire is good to be left in the hands of a professional. Fortunately, this service is relatively inexpensive to any vulcanization.
Is it necessary to replace the rubber?
If it’s been patched before, it needs to be replaced. Any rubber less than 6 mm deep should be replaced.
Are the tires under warranty?
A short answer? Not. However, there are services similar to a guarantee, such as tire insurance or even Casco. A tire insurance policy is offered to new cars, so you should have documents indicating coverage.
How can I prepare for such a situation?
Maybe you’re here to prepare for a potential future situation. Well done to you! Before you get stuck with a nail in your tire, make sure you have a spare wheel. Every time you take your car to a service station, make sure the air pressure in the spare wheel is checked.