Why is it that a flat tire only happens when you’re in a rush. It can happen when you walk out to your vehicle to go to school and there’s a flat or your heading down the road to pick up the kids and notice you’re car pulling to one side and is a bit sluggish or even worse, your driving down the 5 freeway and get a blow out. These are all sad situations to be in, luckily at Orozco’s Auto Service of Fullerton, we know how inconvenient a flat tire can be. Tires can go flat for a lot of reasons, including punctures, a leaky valve stem, a damaged rim or just worn out tires. If you experience a flat or low air low on air, bring your vehicle to a safe stop as soon as possible without jeopardizing your safety or the people around you. If you’re stuck on the roadside, turn on your hazard lights and raise your hood if it’s a safe place to exit your vehicle. Once you are safely situated, you can then change to your spare tire, try a tire sealer/inflator or call for a tow truck. If your tire is flat don’t try driving for even a very short distance on a deflated tire because it will damage your tire beyond repair and could destroy your rim.
The fact is not all tires can be repaired even if they just have a puncture. Here are a few reasons why some tires should not be repaired.
Your Tire can Have Other Issues
If your tire is too old or worn beyond the tread wear indicators, your tire is not repairable. If your tire has uneven wear and any of the metal parts inside are visible your tire is not repairable. If your tire has a bubble, a tear, or a chunk of road debris stuck into your tire, it is unrepairable, even if that’s not the reason why your tire went flat. Unfortunately, if your tire wasn’t safe before the puncture, the tire shop won’t try to repair it.
The Puncture Is In The None Repair Zone
In order to repair a tire the puncture needs to be about 20% away from both sides of the tire towards the treads. If your puncture is to close the sidewall and is repaired, this can compromise the structure of the tire making it unsafe to drive on. Tire shops need to keep customers safe, and they all follow an industry standard and will are not aloud to repair a puncture too close to either sidewall. Even if it’s close they won’t patch it to protect your safety and themselves from any liability.
You Drove To Far On A Flat Tire
Today’s tires have an inner structure for the sidewall that isn’t designed to support your vehicle’s weight when not inflated properly. Sometimes you can get away with driving on a flat for a very short distance – meaning a few feet not a few blocks. Driving 10 minutes on the flat will not only destroy the sidewall structure in your tire, but you may also need to get a new rim to go with that new tire.
Run Flat Tires
Most auto repair shops won’t and shouldn’t repair a run flat tire that has had a puncture. Although run flats are designed to get you to a shop or home when you have a puncture, they’re not designed to be repaired and continue in service after having been driven when deflated. As a regular practice we don’t normally recommend run flat tires.
If you get a flat tire or think you may have a slow leak and would like to have your tires checked, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Fullerton today at 714-525-3239. Keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!
Orozco’s Auto Service Fullerton – Orange County, CA
1018 W. Orangethorpe Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92833, USA
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