A tyre puncture or a flat tyre is when a pneumatic radial deflates causing the wheel’s rim to ride on the ground or on the tyre tread. This could result in losing control of your vehicle or permanent damage to the tyre and wheel. Without a tyre repair or puncture repair, your vehicle is a danger to you, and everyone around you.
While a tyre repair seems simple enough, it involves more than you may think. Tyre repair is a highly technical process covered by the British Standard which dictates how and when you can carry out a tyre repair.
Can my tyre be repaired?
Our tyre repair policy adheres to the British Standard, BSAU159 which defines the limits to the location, size and number of repairs allowed. It also suggests recommended materials to use for the puncture repair. In addition, the BSAU159 also indicates requirements for a safe, minor car tyre puncture repair and its proximity to the sidewall.
To remain compliant, we only carry out a tyre repair to the central tread area of the tyre, also known as the minor repair area. If the puncture is located outside of this area, it is deemed too close to the sidewall to guarantee a safe and sustainable minor tyre repair.
Runflat tyres have reinforced sidewalls which means you can drive on them for a limited distance allowing you to safely get to a fitment centre. While runflat tyres are incredibly tough and durable, most tyre manufacturers state that they cannot be repaired. It is too difficult to accurately determine whether or not the structure of the tyre wall has been damaged. The tyres may have weakened and are no longer safe to use which means a tyre repair is not an option.
When should a tyre be replaced and not repaired?
It’s important to note that not all tyre punctures can be repaired. In some situations, it may be best to fit a new tyre instead of repairing the current one. You should replace your tyres when:
- the puncture is not within the central part of the tyre
- the tyre tread depth is illegal (less than 1.6 mm across the central ¾ of the tyre)
- there is evidence of wear or damage (exposed cords or bead damage)
- if a poor quality tyre repair was previously carried out
- there is damage to the tyre sidewall or shoulder
Whether you have a puncture or your tyre is slowly losing pressure, book a puncture repair and our expert technicians will assess the problem and determine whether a tyre repair is suitable and in accordance with British Standards.
If you suspect that you have a puncture or any other potentially dangerous tyre damage, visit any of the Elite Garages for a FREE tyre check. Our expert technicians will do all the necessary checks while you wait and recommend a tyre repair or replacement if necessary.