Winter Tire Safety: Will a Patch Work?

Discovering you have a flat tire stinks.

When it’s in the cold of winter, it really stinks!

You (or your mechanic) will be able to tell when your tires are sufficiently worn to the point that they need to be replaced.

Often, a nail or other sharp object will puncture a tire, causing a slow leak and catching you off-guard.

The big question is if a patch will work or if you need to have the tire replaced?

When does a patch work?
A general rule of thumb is that it’s appropriate to use a patch when the puncture or hole is less than a quarter-inch in diameter.

But, the size isn’t the only factor to consider.

The location of the hole also matters.

When it’s in-between two tire treads, you can use a patch.

However, if the puncture is on the sidewall or shoulder of the tire, you’ll have to replace the tire due to the internal damage it can cause.

Of course, if your tire tread is already low, you should go ahead and get a new tire, even if it’s in the zone that could have been patched.

How does a patch work?
The patch works by sealing the area that’s damaged from the tread to the inner lining.

Then, a flexible liquid patch is put around the safety seal on the tire’s inner lining.

How long will a patch last?
There aren’t any restrictions on how long a patch can be used.

Due to the strength of patches, they can last as long as the tire lasts.

What about cost?
The prices can vary greatly, depending on where you choose to go.

Most shops will charge $20 or less, and some may patch your tire for free, especially if it’s the place from which you originally bought the tire.

Paying attention is key
Due to the reduction in tire pressure that comes with the cold winter temperatures, it’s important that you keep an eye on your tires throughout the season.

Checking periodically for bulges, holes, or tears could keep you from any nasty surprises.

Come and see us at Park Subaru when you’re ready for something new.

Not only will you be getting a vehicle that’s one of the safest on the road, you’ll also be supporting manufacturing right here in Ohio.
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