Repair Or Replace? Things To Look For On Your Damaged Tires
Are you currently living on a limited budget? Are you worried about your vehicle's tires becoming damaged and needing to be replaced? Even though they can be necessary, buying new tires can be expensive enough to completely ruin your budget for the month. Fortunately, you may have other options available. Buying a used tire as a replacement can be an option, but may still be out of your price range. Your other option is to have the damaged tire repaired. This can be extremely affordable, but not every tire can actually be fixed. A tire can be repaired under the following conditions:
Tread depth: If your tire is completely bald, you'll have to get a new tire. On the other hand, if the tire is worn but not bald, your tire repair center may be able to retread the tire in addition to patching it up. This is performed by carefully removing the old tread, applying new rubber to the tire, and applying a new tread pattern to the new rubber. This results in a tire that can be almost as good as new at a fraction of the price; it may even cost less than buying a used tire.
Puncture size: The larger the damaged area is, the less likely it is that tire repair will be an option. If you run over a jagged length of metal, the resulting gash will almost certainly result in the tire needing to be replaced. On the other hand, running over a nail, even a large nail, typically results in the type of damage that can be repaired with relative ease. Multiple nails can make the repair job more difficult, but don't automatically disqualify a tire from being repaired. The only way to find out is to let a professional examine the tire in question so that he or she can determine the best course of action.
Damage location: Where the damage is located can be nearly as important as the actual type of damage. Damage to the tread area is fixed with relative ease. Unfortunately, damage to the sides of the tire may make it ineligible for tire repair. Even a relatively small puncture to the side of the tire may compromise its structural integrity. Driving with a tire that had its sidewall patched can be extremely dangerous. Unlike a patched tread, the weight of your car on the tire's sidewall can cause the patch to fail forcefully, potentially causing a dangerous blowout while you're driving along. If the repair professional tells you that your tire can't be repaired, they're trying to protect you from a hazardous situation—not trying to con you out of additional money.