It’s always annoying when you get a tire puncture from this rough Houston, Texas roads, but it makes the experience (and your wallet) feel better if you can patch the puncture instead of getting a completely new tire. That’s why with our puncture repair service you just have to SET AN APPOINTMENT and pay a standard fee depending on location, and we should be able to get you back on the road. That fee amount will cover the cost of the repair, the mobile service, a new valve, balancing of the wheel.
Sadly, sometimes your tire isn’t just going to let you fix it – you’ll need to replace it entirely. So, in addition to our repair service, our technicians have the equipment and logistics to pick a replacement tire once we have found out that your tire cannot be repaired. That way, if you do have to replace your tires, you don’t have to get your vehicle towed. We’ll replace it then and there at no extra cost to you.
Can it be fixed? Only if…
The puncture is within the middle three quarters of the tire.
There is a 1.6mm minimum tread depth.
There hasn’t been a previous repair at the location of the puncture.
There is no sidewall or shoulder damage to the tire.
There’s no ageing/deterioration of the rubber
Tire repair is a tricky, and highly technical, process. We want you to be safe so we follow strict guidelines on how and when tires can be repaired.
The US government doesn’t have any laws dictating what damage can be repaired or how the repairs should be carried out. It’s up to the tire manufacturer to give the guidelines on the repair of the tires.*
Our technicians have been trained to follow these guidelines and are qualified to do so. So be weary of that guy down the street who says he can do it for half the price – you may be saving money, but your life is in his untrained hands.
Sealants generally come in two basic applications: one that is applied when you have a puncture, and one that you apply to prevent from getting one.
These sealants are injected through the valve to prevent air loss from happening if a puncture were to take place so you can keep driving.
You should exercise a little bit of caution if you use this kind of sealant. If the sealant is successful then you won’t notice that there’s been a puncture at all. So if a large screw or nail was the source of the puncture, that piece of metal would eventually cause your tires more damage the longer you don’t notice it, putting your safety at great risk.
Experts (like us) recommend that if your tires contain pre-puncture sealant, then you should check your tires every time you use your vehicle. An indicator of whether or not the sealant has been useful would be if there are signs of it on the outside of the tire. Typically the sealant is a white latex substance. If you see the sealant, or a foreign object in the tire, then you’ll have to take off the wheel rim and check if it’s eligible for permanent repair.
As the name suggest, you’ll inject this sealant into the valve after you get a puncture. After adding the sealant, use the compressor or can of compresses gas to re-inflate your tire.
Another word of warning is that in order to save your tires, you’ll need to recognize that you have a puncture as soon as possible and stop. If you continue driving on a partially or fully deflated tire, you will weaken the structure and cause irreversible damage.
These kinds of sealants require that the tire must be removed and checked for internal damage before it can be repaired permanently. Therefore a post-puncture sealant can’t be considered as a permanent repair.
Although run-flat tires can technically be repaired, we’ve decided to not cover this kind of tire technology for one simple reason. This kind of tire makes it almost impossible to properly understand how much damage has been caused to both the tire and the wheel, so the only way to guarantee your safety is to not attempt a repair.
The way flat-tires work is that the technology involved in them allows the tire to resist deflating after getting a puncture, letting you, the driver, get the vehicle to a mechanic. It’s a great piece of technology and very practical to have since automotive companies don’t usually offer a spare tire now. But with all great pieces of tech, you need to know how to use it properly.
These tires come with recommended guidelines on how long and how fast you can drive on them after they are punctured. If you go beyond these guidelines, the tire will suffer serious damage and eventually make it dangerous for you to drive. Since it’s impossible to tell if you’re within these guidelines or not, it would be also impossible to know if there’s been structural damage to the tire. If you make a repair to a damaged run-flat tire, you’re diminishing the tire’s effectiveness, and your safety, something that we don’t recommend you to do, or would want to profit from.
All we care about is your safety, so we’re proud to offer you a reasonably priced and efficient service to purchase and install a new run-flat tire instead of repairing it.
Although our primary business is the tire delivery and installation, our Houston tire technicians love helping people get back on the road. If you are parked at a safe destination and don’t need emergency tire repair. Set an appointment with our tire shop and we will get to you within a reasonable amount of time.
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