If your tire becomes damaged, it may be repaired if it meets the following criteria:
The tire has not been driven on when flat
The damage is only on the tread section of your tire (sidewall damage ruins a tire immediately) and/or
The puncture is no greater than ¼”
Patch, Yes. Plug, No.
The proper way to have a tire repaired is to patch the tire from the inside and fill the puncture hole. Do not have your tire plugged. Ever. Plug repairs do not involve taking the tire off the wheel for a proper inspection. A plug is simply inserted into the punctured area, making it unreliable. At TL Motors we perform a full inspection internally as well as externally, patch and fill the repair on the inside of the tire.
Once every month, or before you embark upon long road trips, check your tires for wear and damage problems. One easy way to check for wear is by using the penny test. All you have to do is grab your spare change and follow 3 easy steps.
Take a penny and hold Abe’s body between your thumb and forefinger.
Select a point on your tire where tread appears the lowest and place Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves.
If any part of Abe Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re driving with the legal and safe amount of tread.
If your tread gets below that (approximately 2/32 of an inch), your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.
If you discover you need new tires, tire service or tire repair, contact TL Motors, we can get all top brand tires at competitive prices along with mounting and balancing those new or repaired.