Whenever the rubber meets the road, those tires run the risk of damage. From potholes and unexpected surface hazards to punctures from debris, tire damage can happen when drivers least expects it.
And that’s when they’re counting the tire service professional to save the day –- to repair their tire (or recommend the best option) to get them back on the road and back on schedule, fast.
Not all technicians are trained to handle repairs properly and according to industry standards. If you’re not certified as a professional in this area, courses and resources are available to support you through the Tire Industry Association (TIA), as well as some tire manufacturers and distributors.
t must be noted: not all tires can or should be repaired.
Many times, the injury is either too large or is located in an area that doesn’t allow for a safe repair. Sometimes the tire tread is worn to the point that replacement is a better option.
There also are repair limits based on tire manufacturer recommendations, manufacturer repair policies and considerations regarding the type of tire service required to make the repair.
Punctures in the tread contact area are the most likely to be safely repaired. Punctures or other damage in the shoulder or on the sidewall are not repairable, according to accepted industry practices.
When a puncture is within the limits established by the industry and is properly repaired, expect the tire to continue to deliver thousands of miles of safe, reliable performance, but when tires are repaired improperly, the results can be deadly.