Tire Repair & Replacement Explained:
A+ Japanese Auto Repair can help you with your tire repair or replacement needs. Use the following information to help you decide whether to repair a car tire or replace a vehicles tires.
Find the location and magnitude of the damage:
Usually, the first indication of tire damage is loss of air pressure . This can range from an annoying slow leak to a dangerous blowout while driving. Check the sidewall, the treads and the mating surface between the rim and tire. This should help to determine why the tire deflated in the first place. On todays vehicles you will typically be aware of a tire issue when the tire warning light comes on (Fig A.) Another way clients will advise us they have a tire in need of repair is when they hear the clicking of the nail or screw from the tire (Fig B.)
(Fig A.) Tire Warning Light (Fig B.) Screw Puncture in Tire
Is my tire repairable?
A puncture from road debris less than 1/4 inch in length in the tread may be repaired using various methods including plugs and patches. However at A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc. we always take into the tread depth remaining. If your tires have low tread remaining it may make more sense to replace the tire or tires. Tires with less than 1/16 inch of viable tread depth should not be repaired.
Tire Patch vs. Tire Plug:
For a small puncture of up to 1/4 inch in diameter, a plug often works better than a patch. However, at A+ Japanese Auto Repair we use a newer type of repair. The tire repair we use is a combination of a patch and a plug. The procedure for this requires us to remove the tire form the rim and install the patch/plug from the inside of the tire. We have found the best luck in repairing automotive tires with this type of repair.
Tire Wear Chart:
Non-Repairable Damage / Tire Replacement:
A split or cracked sidewall in a tire can never be safely repaired. If there is any question of wether a puncture or tear poses a safety risk we would recommend replacement of the tire. When it comes to tire replacement there are many options available to clients of A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc. We replace over 20 tires a day on average at our facility. This has by default made the auto repair staff at our facility tire experts. A+ Japanese Auto Repair uses many vendors to offer our clients a wide variety of tire replacement options and brands. When a tire is replaced by one of our ASE certified mechanics the mechanic will not only install the tire on the rim but also balance the tire. This helps to prevent any vibration passing from the wheels to the steering wheel or vibrations to the passangers. If it is deemed necessary to replace a tire due to damage or normal tire wear A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc. installs the following tire brands: Michelin Dunlop, Pirelli, Continental, Goodyear, Firestone, Hankook, BF Goodrich, Kumho, Sumitomo, Toyo Tires, Uniroyal, Yokohama, and some special tires for highi performance needs
A+ Japanese Auto Repair your tires will be inspected anytime your vehicle comes in for service. This includes engine oil and filter changes, minor service, brake service, major service, 30K service, 60k service, 90K service, etc… Basically, every time your vehicle comes into A+ Japanese Auto Repair we will be visually inspecting your tires.
Please note: When it comes to Tire repair and replacement not all Tires and repair supplies are created equally! At A Plus Japanese Auto Repair Inc. we use the highest quality tires, valve stems, valve stem caps, wheel weights, and tire repair components. At A Plus Japanese Auto Repair we are tire experts when it comes to the tires on your: Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Infinit, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Kia, Scion, Hyundia, Isuzu, and Hybrid vehicles. If you have any further questions regarding tire repair or replacement please stop by A Plus Japanese Auto Repair and speak with one of our tire experts today.