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February 16, 2024

101 Puncture Repair: Your Guide to DIY Kits and Professional Solutions

Encountering a flat tyre mid-drive can be a driver’s nightmare. The immediate concern is to safely navigate the situation, often by replacing the flat with a spare tyre. But what happens next? Understanding the causes of tyre punctures and the repair process can make all the difference between a smooth journey and a prolonged roadside ordeal.

What Causes a Flat Tyre?

Flat tyres typically result from punctures to a tubeless tyre’s casing, allowing air to escape and leading to deflation. These punctures are commonly caused by sharp objects like nails, screws, or glass shards found on roads. Additionally, damage to the sidewall or a leaking valve can also result in a flat tyre.

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When can a tyre be repaired?

Determining whether a tyre can be repaired depends on several factors, including the size, angle, and location of the puncture. Inspection of the tyre’s structural integrity is essential in making this assessment. While some punctures are repairable, major damage to the tread, sidewall, or shoulder may render the tyre irreparable, necessitating a replacement. 

– Puncture occurs from belt edge to belt edge on the tread area

– The angle of puncture penetration is within 45° from the vertical

– Puncture is no larger than 6mm

– The tyre has not worn below 1.6mm of remaining tread depth

– Tyre has no visible sign of under inflation or damage

– Maximum of 3 repairs with a minimum of 150mm between repairs

Professional Puncture Repair: The Gold Standard

At Wheel Change U, we adhere to the Australian Standard for puncture repairs, ensuring the highest quality service for our customers. Our meticulous process involves removing the tyre from the rim to conduct a thorough inspection of the damage. This allows us to properly repair the puncture from the inside out, ensuring airtight sealing and preventing moisture or contaminants from compromising the tyre’s integrity.

The repair process typically takes between 30 and 45 minutes, during which we remove the flat tyre, assess and repair the puncture, and balance the tyre on the wheel before refitting it to your vehicle. Our expert staff are on hand to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding tyre repairs.

DIY Puncture Repair: A Quick Fix?

While DIY puncture repair kits are available, they may offer temporary solutions and are not always suitable for all types of punctures. These kits typically involve inserting a plug into the puncture from the outside, which may not provide a lasting seal or address internal damage to the tyre. For peace of mind and long-term reliability, professional puncture repair is often the preferred option.

Navigating Run Flat Tyres

It’s important to note that some Run Flat Tyres may not be repairable according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you’re unsure about your tyre’s repairability, consult with your local Wheel Change U for guidance.

Understanding the causes of tyre punctures and the importance of professional repair can help ensure a safe and smooth journey on the road. Whether facing a roadside emergency or planning for future maintenance, Wheel Change U is committed to delivering top-notch service and expertise for all your tyre repair needs.


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