How to Patch a Tyre? 12 Actionable Procedure for a Safe Patching of Tyres

Tyre Patch

Tyre patch and plugs are the processes that are employed in attending to repairs in a tyre that is caused by penetration of objects.

The radial patch is considered to be better than the plug.  The plug is safe, but only for a short period of time that is just about the time to get to the store.

Unlike plug, The patch is safe and long-lasting. It is safe to drive on but it cannot be considered as a permanent measure as it does not fill the void that occurs due to the penetration of objects.

How do you patch a tyre?

The following procedure is involved in patching a tyre,

  • You need to jack up the vehicle. Before that ensure that the lug nuts have been loosened using a wrench
  • Jack up the car and use Jack stand to stabilize the car. You may also consider using a hydraulic system to save time
  • Remove the lug nuts set it aside and remove the wheel from the hub
  • Use the pliers to remove the protruding object and mark it with a chalk
  • Remove the tyre from the rim
  • Clean out the hole and surrounding surface using an air die grinder
  • Apply vulcanizing cement
  • Remove the sticker in the patch
  • Fix the patch. The patch should be fixed by inserting the hole from the inside of the tyre and pushed onto the outer side
  • Remove the air bubbles by rolling the inner side of the patch
  • Use rubber patch sealant to cover the whole of the patch and some tyre
  • Give it some time to dry and reinstall the tyres

Frequently asked questions

  1. Can you patch a tyre with a nail in it?

Yes, it is possible to patch a tyre with a nail in it if the puncture is on the tread and the area of damage is a screw less than the ¼” in diameter.

  1. Can you patch the side of a tyre?

Though the patch is safe for driving it is not the right option if the puncture is on the sidewalls.

  1. Can you patch Z rated tyres?

The Z-rated tyres are those that considered being suitable for high-speed driving. You can patch a Z rated one, but it would lose its Z rating when it is patched.

  1. Can a tyre be plugged twice?

Plugging a tyre twice is advisable only if the two punctures are at least 16 inches away from each other and if the previous puncture is attended to properly.

  1. How long does it take to patch a tyre?

The time taken for fixing a patch varies from a novice to expert, the minimum time required to fix a patch after the patch glue is applied is the time it takes for the patch glue to dry which is pretty quick.  

  1. How long can you drive on a patched tyre?

You can actually drive on when you have fixed the wheel you have removed for patching. With proper installation of the patch by an expert mechanic on a repair that has not damaged it, you can safely ride on a patched tyre for a long time.

  1. How much does it cost to patch a tyre?

The average cost for repairing a puncture including the patch is around $10- $20. There is also a scope to avail free service from the dealer if you have purchased it from them.

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