Can you repair worn or damaged tires or do you have to replace them?
You were getting ready to load your clubs after 18 holes at Yahara Hills when you noticed the tread on your tires is worn. The last thing you want to do right now is buy four new tires. You’re wondering if they can be repaired rather than replaced.
That depends, tire manufacturer Continental says.
“The law in most countries has a strict definition as to the classification of repair materials, and the number of repairs permitted on a single tire. Regulations like these are necessary to ensure safety for all road users,” Continental says.
According to Continental, it’s NOT okay to repair a tire when:
- The tread depth is lower than the 1.6 mm (about .05 inch) legal limit;
- The structural integrity of the tire has been compromised or there is run flat damage;
- The rubber is cracked, worn, or deteriorated;
- There’s damage caused by an external object;
- The cords are exposed;
- There’s any sign of faulty repairs made in the past.
- The precise location of the puncture is also a deciding factor. The rules stipulate that tire repairs must stay within the central three-quarters of the tread, known as the “minor repair area.”
- Moreover, if the size of the puncture is more than or equal to 6 mm (about 1/5 of an inch) in diameter, a repair isn’t permitted at all. Drivers have no other alternative than to invest in a brand-new tire.
If you’re unsure whether your tires can be repaired or must be replaced, consult a Madison tire specialist like the certified tire pros at any of Madison Auto Care’s seven conveniently located NAPA service centers. They can help you decide what’s best for you, your car, your wallet and your safety. If you decide to repair your tire, Madison Auto Care’s pros can do the work. Or, if you decide to buy new tires, every Madison Auto Care service centers carries all brands, sizes, and style of tire to fit any vehicle or driving need.
If you don't have a trusted mechanic, you can find one at any of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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