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Have you recently had a puncture? Are you wondering if a tyre repair is possible and how to do it? Find out our answers in this article.
The first thing to know is that it depends on where the tyre is punctured.
In the tread area :
The tyre is repairable in most cases. Unless the puncture is too large, tyre repair is usually possible. However, it is important to remove the tyre to ensure that it is not marbled and/or damaged by driving at low pressure.
In the shoulder area :
A tyre puncture repair in this area is not possible. The tyre must be replaced.
In the sidewall :
he tyre is generally not repairable, there is a high risk that the puncture has damaged and weakened the overall structure.
There is one exception:
If the speed rating on the sidewall of your tyre does not exceed the T rating, the sidewall is repairable if the hole is 3mm or less in diameter. Beyond this index, tyre repair is strongly disadvised to avoid any safety risk.
When a tyre puncture occurs, there is a more or less long run-flat phase until the vehicle comes to a complete stop. When driving with a flat tyre or with low pressure, the tyre can suffer damage to the overall structure (mottling, chattering, tyre dislocation).
When you drive at low pressure or with a flat tyre, the sidewall crushes.
This causes deterioration in the overall structure of the tyre which can lead to several problems:
If the carcass has been damaged, your tyre is too weak and cannot be repaired, even if the puncture was in the tread.
There are three ways to repair a tyre:
A tyre repair kit generally consists of a puncture repair spray that fills a hole by injecting foam into the tyre, or a drill to fill the hole from the outside.
Michelin does not recommend repairing your tyre permanently with these methods because no check of the inside of the tyre will have been made, which may expose you to the risks mentioned above.
In the event of a tyre puncture, it is also advisable to change the wheel and then take the punctured tyre to a professional for examination.
If you do not have a spare tyre or if it is not usable, call a breakdown mechanic to take your vehicle to the nearest garage.
If neither is possible, then use your tyre repair kit as a last resort. This type of repair can only be temporary so that you can drive to the nearest garage where the professional will then
Effective tyre repair is a technical operation, and professionals are trained to do it. They know how to examine the inside of the tyre and determine whether it is repairable.
After locating the exact location of the puncture, the foreign body is removed.
The area is cleaned inside the tyre and a product is applied to the affected area.
A "mushroom" is inserted into the hole from the inside out.
Then the protruding part is cut off. The hole is filled in and the seal is optimal.
Tyres can sometimes be driven at high speeds. That is why it is important that the tyre is repaired properly to ensure your safety.
A tyre repair is only safe if it is carried out properly, which is why it is important to have it done by a professional. If the tyre is found to be repairable after examination, the professional will fit the correct bead to the hole and give you a tyre that performs as well as it did before the puncture.
If the tyre has not been damaged by running flat, its life span will be exactly the same as if the tyre had not been punctured.
Some tyres have been designed for specific needs. They have specific features that may raise the question of their reparability. There are three types:
They contain a special foam that reduces the noise of the tyre when it is running. This type of tyre can be repaired in the same way as a standard tyre.
These tyres are self-repairing only in the tread area. In the event of a puncture, a self-obstructing rubber plugs the hole. This type of tyre can be repaired in the same way as a standard tyre. If self-seal tyres are available in the dimensions specified by the manufacturer for your vehicle, you can choose to fit them.
These tyres make it possible to continue driving to the nearest garage after a puncture without damaging the inside of the tyre. At Michelin, runflat tyres are marked ZP (Zero Pressure) and/or EMT (Extended Mobility Tyres). Runflat tyres can be repaired once.
Please note that runflat tyres are mounted on a specific rim adapted to a certain category of vehicle. They cannot be mounted on a normal rim.