A flat tire seems to never happen when not in a rush to go some place. Sometimes you walk out to your vehicle to go to work and there’s a flat tire or your heading down the road to pick up the kids and notice you’re car pulling to one side and is a bit sluggish or worst case your driving down the 405 freeway and get a blow out. These are all terrible situations to be in, at Orozco’s Auto Service of Garden Grove, we know how inconvenient a flat tire can be. Tires can go flat for many reasons, including a puncture, a leaking valve stem, a bent rim or just old tires. If you experience a flat or low tire, bring your vehicle to a stop as soon as possible without jeopardizing your safety or the people around you and preferably in a safe place. If you’re stranded on the roadside, turn on your hazard lights and raise your hood if it’s a safe place to exit your vehicle. Once you are safely situated, you can change to your spare, try a tire sealer/inflator or call for a tow truck. Don’t try driving for even a very short distance on a deflated tire because it will damage the tire beyond repair and possibly your rim.
Unfortunately not all tires can be repaired even when they just have a nail in the tire and are told by a tire. Here are a few common reasons why some tires shouldn’t be repaired.
The Puncture Is In The None Repair Zone
In order to repair a tire the puncture needs to be about 20% away from both sides of the tire towards the treads. If your puncture is to close the sidewall and is repaired, this can compromise the structure of the tire making it unsafe to drive on. Tire shops need to keep customers safe, and they all follow an industry standard and will are not aloud to repair a puncture too close to either sidewall. Even if it’s close they won’t patch it to protect your safety and themselves from any liability.
You Drove To Far On A Deflated Tire
Today’s tires have an inner structure of the sidewall that isn’t designed to support your vehicle’s weight when not properly inflated. You can sometimes get away with driving on a flat for a short distance – meaning a few feet not down the street. Just drove 10 minutes on the flat will not only destroy the sidewall structure of your tire, but you may also need to get a new costly rim to go with a new tire.
Your Tire Has Other Issues
If you have any area of the tire too old or worn beyond the tread wear indicators, your tire is not repairable. If your tire is unevenly worn and any of the metal parts inside are visible your tire is not repairable. If you have a bubble, a tear, or a chunk of debris stuck into your tire, it is unrepairable. Even if that’s not the reason why your tire went flat. Basically, if your tire was not safe before the puncture, your tire shop won’t try to repair it.
You Have Run Flat Tires
Many shops will not and should not repair a run-flat tire that has had a puncture. Although run-flats are designed to get you to a shop or home when you have a puncture, they may not have been designed to then be repaired and continue in service after having been driven when deflated. As a regular practice we don’t normally recommend the runflat tires.
If you get a flat tire or think you may have a slow leak and would like to have your tires checked, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Garden Grove today at 714-537-0076. Keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!
Orozco’s Auto Service Garden Grove – Orange County CA
12776 Nutwood Street Garden Grove, CA 92840
Call Today: 714-537-0076 – Auto/Fleet/Diesel Service Repairs
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