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31st Mar 2004, 10:20
I have managed to get a puncture in an otherwise perfectly good tyre... and the nice men at the tyre shops are saying it will be 50 for a new one. However, one nice man said he could repair it for 9.99 ("a proper vulcanised repair, guaranteed for the life of the tread"). Assuming he doesn't mean they add pointy ears to it, is this generally safe? I'm assuming so... but I'm a bit concerned about it causing a weak point resulting in me crashing off the motorway. :sad:
Any experts out there?

31st Mar 2004, 10:24
Provided the puncture isn't on the wall or shoulder of the tyre, it's OK.



31st Mar 2004, 10:26

It depends on the type of puncture, the location of the puncture, the quality of the repair and the proficiency of the repairer.

A puncture on the sidewall is almost completely unrepairable under normal circumstances. Some punctures can be sorted by the use of an inner tube.

My recommendation? Do you have alloy wheels on your car?

If not then get the repair done and use that tyre as the spare. Making sure to properly rotate the tyres around the car to even up wear and tear, grip, etc.



31st Mar 2004, 10:28
I had my tyre mended for 7 euros at a garage near Hoek in Holland. That repair has lasted for the last 5000 miles ok. Mostly motorway/dual-carriageway driving on the A1.

Saved me a small fortune.


31st Mar 2004, 10:30
I had a nail pulled out of mine & repaired only the other week. No problem with that...and luckily I didn't have to pay southern prices...hehe 4 and I was back on the road. But yeah, don't fret about doing it...it'll save you 50! (but yeah, the garage shouldn't even offer to repair it if it's on the sidewall).

31st Mar 2004, 10:30
I'm not sure where the puncture is - 3 of us couldn't spot it. I'm assuming it was something I drove over as it went down in minutes. I have put the spare on for now, but it's not the same type as the others & the tyre wall looks slightly perished...

31st Mar 2004, 10:43

What size is the tyre?
I have 4 good tyres taking up space in my garage - on flippin wheels - that my daughter has 'accumulated' from her previous 2 cars.
(She blew the head gaskets............but that's another tale!) :rolleyes:

I can't remember the size, but they are from a Seat Ibiza and a Renault Clio.
Too small for my car :(
You are very welcome to have one/them if you like.
I shall be doing a trip into the deep south sometime soon and could shove one - or more, into my boot for ya.

Ohh yeah, she also has a 'thing' about car jacks too....... we have 2 of!

Steptoe :ugh:

Shaggy Sheep Driver
31st Mar 2004, 10:43
It's unlikely a reputable repairer will carry out such a repair unless it entirely safe so to do. I had a thorn in the edge of the tread a couple of years ago in a nearly new tyre - 120 for a replacment:{ .

In January, I got a nail in the middle of the tread. It was repaired for about 6, I think:ok:


tony draper
31st Mar 2004, 11:18
Don't let the buggas con you AB, the tyre is prolly just flat on the bottom.

31st Mar 2004, 11:26
Your Fiesta is probably one of the best handling superminis there are but it is very dependent on tyre type and pressure. If you want to replace the tyre, try and fit the original type..

It you're going to have it plugged, thats not a problem, I've had quite a few repaired like that.

31st Mar 2004, 12:12
Thanks for all the responses! TTFA - size is 155/70R13; would be great if they did fit.
Kolibear - I don't know what the original type was as I bought my car second hand. However, I've always put Goodyears on... is that ok Mr Technical-Wizard?
Anyway, it's my lunch break now so I'm off to see if he can repair it or not. And, if so, whether take the spare off for me & put the repaired one back on. :O

astir 8
31st Mar 2004, 12:55
Sidewall damage - forget it

Tread damage

It basically depends if it's a cut (even a quite short one) or a neat round hole caused e.g by a nail.

If it's cut-shaped, the tyre plies may also have been cut and there'll be a stress concentration at each end of the cut which (could) develop further in the tyre carcass even after the leak has been blocked up.

A neat round puncture would probably have been caused by something smooth and very little internal damage will have been caused. A repair should be safe.

Of course the profit on selling you a new tyre may be a factor too!

31st Mar 2004, 15:38
My 'better half' got a puncture in one of the front tyres in her MGF.
Upon presenting the damaged tyre to a well known supplier who said ..........(sharp intake of breath) ' Can't fix it love..need a new tyre at 75 but we'll try and do you a deal' She quite rightly told them to 'shove it' and went on to the next place.
After another sharp intake of breath and they claimed it 'was a special tyre made only for the MGF and would need to be sent off for repair'. They too were told to 'shove it'!
The third and final garage said 'No problem....it'll cost you 7.50 though if thats OK with you'!!!!!
Whether the same would have happened to a bloke I don't know but Not-So-Quik Fit and Ebleys seemed to be trying it on!!!
Moral of the story?.........shop around and don't get fleeced!:{

31st Mar 2004, 22:22
A lot of tyre problems, such as punctures and uneven wear are caused by under inflation. When you get them sorted, get them all filled with nitrogen (http://www.merityre.co.uk/why_nitrogen.htm).

31st Mar 2004, 23:19
Synth nearly died courtesy of a 3/8th tintack in a tyre. What is your life worth?

5th Apr 2004, 13:24
Guess what? I just went down to fetch my lunch from my car... and the tyre has gone flat (having been repaired). Considering I have been driving up & down the motorway all weekend, I'm far from impressed. AND the guy at the tyre 'specialists' had the flamin' cheek to suggest I had another puncture. :{ :mad: :{

Back to square one.

Anyone know a cheap supplier of Goodyears in & around Epsom?

Onan the Clumsy
5th Apr 2004, 15:23
I'd take it to Discount Tire (http://www.discounttire.com/dtc/brochure/info/repairingTires.jsp)

5th Apr 2004, 22:53
If you can manage a trundle down the A3/M3 there's a great place in Micheldever that do tyres of all makes, sizes and spec.

Prices are excellent and they have a great reputation - used them myself several times.

A Google on Micheldever & tyres will find it.

Just slightly further on than Basingstoke - Junction 8.

6th Apr 2004, 08:39
Great, thanks for that L_L ... my new toy is based down that way, so I'm bound to be going past sooner or later. :ok: They re-tubed my tyre for me yesterday evening, but my spare is in a bit of a state. :O

Anthony Carn
6th Apr 2004, 11:06
Back to square one.
It's better to stick with round ones. More comfy. ;)

6th Apr 2004, 11:34
Depends on the road surface; if it is a series of triangular holes, with an angle of 90'... I'd prefer square. :p

Anthony Carn
6th Apr 2004, 15:36
That's an angle I'd not thought of ! Must be my one track mind.

Anyway, maybe you're just going through a bad patch, so to speak.

They do say such things come in threes, so I'd suggest a switch to "Extra Strong" or use an alternative method until it sorts itself out.


6th Apr 2004, 15:38
Well put Mr Carn, it's amazing the trouble a little prick can cause. :E