Is Your Tire Qualified for a Repair?

Signs You Can Look For

Unfortunately, you just damaged the tires of your vehicle. There’s no way you can repair it, right? You’ll have to pay for a brand new tire? Well, not exactly. Today's technology has allowed technicians to repair tires back to their original condition. The service allows your tire to operate just like a brand new tire, but there are specific qualifications it must pass in order for it to be repaired. These qualifications ensure that your tire is safe to repair and that it’s structural integrity is not compromised.

If you’re wondering what a qualified tire looks like, Dave’s Ultimate Automotive is here to help. Here are three things we look for prior to a tire repair service!*

*The tire must pass all three qualifications to get repaired. If it fails one, then the tire cannot be repaired and must be replaced

Scuffed Sidewalls

We’ll determine the damage by first removing your tire from the vehicle. This damage may or may not show up based on how quickly you acted after the tire was damaged. If you take too long to act, you may find scuffing on the inboard and outboard sidewalls of the tire. When we see scuffing in the inside or outside of your tire, we will deem the tire damaged beyond repair and recommend a replacement.

Location of Damage

We then look for where the tire was damaged. We want the damage to be located within the treads of the tire, as the tread is the most durable area of the tire and is the only area where a tire can be repaired. If the damage is beyond the tread area, we’ll consider the tire unsafe and recommend a replacement.

Severity of Damage

Finally, we look at how bad the damage is. We want the damage to be no bigger than ¼ inches in diameter within the tire tread. If so, we’ll begin repairing the tire. If the damage, even if it's within the tread, is well beyond the recommended diameter, we will consider the tire unsafe and you will need to replace the tire.

Written by Dave Erb