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Having a tyre plugged...

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Styles, 30 May 2006.

  1. Styles


    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 2,890

    Location: UK

    Recently one of my tyres was punctured by a screw. It's pretty much in the centre of the tyre and I only drove for about 20 metres before coming to a complete stop. How safe is plugging a tyre? I don't really want to have it done and then for it to blow out whilst i'm driving down the motorway.

  2. [SKR]Phoenix

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Feb 2003

    Posts: 2,441

    I've had it done before on my old car. Drove it for about a year (before the tyre wore out) and it was fine, even at motorway speeds.

    I understand your worry though, it worried me at first and I simply couldn't afford a new tyre at the time.

    I suppose it's not guaranteed to be perfect, but surely they wouldn't let them plug it unless it was safe?
  3. D4VE


    Joined: 23 Oct 2003

    Posts: 8,899

    Location: Hampshire, UK

    Just had one done myself, nice cheap fix. Hopefully it'll be ok, as above, if it was really dodgy I imagine they wouldnt do it. Mine was done at a decent tyre place with a good rep, not a dodgy place. :)
  4. paradigm


    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 36,504

    Location: Staffordshire

    Had two or three done on my previous car, no issues at all. A puncture repaired tyre should be just as good as it was before it was punctured.
  5. Bill101


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,550

    Location: Liverpool

    it should be safe,but if you were really,really worried try going to an independent tyre fitter and ask if they do Hot Vulcanising repairs...they do this for repairs near the edge of the tyre.The large chains don't do this as the machines cost about £500 each and it's cheaper for them to sell more tyres
  6. merlin


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 20,673

    Location: England

    Just had a tyre plugged an hour ago.

    Should be ok, although I was seriously tempted to just replace it - they gave me the "are you mad" look so I said ok repair it.

    That was Kwik fit - free of charge too. :D
  7. thebrasso


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,312

    A puncture repair should be fine, they basically reseal the puncture with a rubber compound. I've known people have it done no problems.

    I think its the size of the puncture really that will decide if its feasible to repair.
  8. Sam


    Joined: 12 Jan 2003

    Posts: 14,490

    Location: Surrey

    I echo @ what everyone else says, it will be fine :) they wont repair it if they think its in a dodgy area

  9. stig


    Joined: 30 Aug 2005

    Posts: 396

    Location: The M of K

    ive had this done a lot of time on my car! no way can i afford new michilin pilot sports at 18/255 every time!

    its perfectly safe and kwikfit do it for free i beilve!

  10. ShakenNstirred


    Joined: 5 Jun 2003

    Posts: 8,854

    Location: sawley/ long eaton

    wouldn't have thought they do it for free, unless you had the tyres from them in the first place.
    my local tyre place does that
  11. Vertigo1


    Joined: 28 Dec 2003

    Posts: 15,343

    I had one plugged a couple of years ago by the muppets at the local KF and a few months later the glue was failing and the plug was sticking out of the tyre by about a centimetre! :eek:
  12. Doonhamer

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 May 2005

    Posts: 2,417

    Location: Scottish Borders

    I never used the plugs on car tyres but never was that impressed by them.

    I always used patches and glue just like you would on a bike tube. Buff it, glue it, patch it and then put it back together again. Worked a treat. :)
  13. DreXeL

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 12,265

    Location: Cotswolds

    Nothing wrong with a good repair. The way the plugs are made it's not possible for them to come out, they are a flat disc with the plug sticking from the centre. Because of this they just can't come out, not only is the glue hoding them in place, but the actual air pressure too.

    Bot my rear tyres had this kind of repair and I had no problems with them atall, including lots of, erm... 'sprited' driving... :o When I recently replaced both tyres the repairs were as good as when they were first done.