Tyre repair Methods-What changed the way we repair tyres.

Tyre repair Methods

Tyre repair Methods; Here we go again? I am reminiscing about things that we in the tyre trade, did in the old days. I suppose you could say that there is nothing wrong with experience and knowledge. So I will go down the experienced road and explain why tyre repairs changed.

When I first started work in a tyre depot, my first job was to be the tyre repairer. It goes back to my days as an apprentice mechanic. Apprentices would get all the dirty jobs, which the other mechanics did not want to do. The most common type of tyre repair was to repair the tube, inside the tyre.

Although the tubeless tyre was becoming more popular, there were still many tyres that would have tubes fitted. It was a quick fix to fit a tube when a tyre needed repairing.

The tube would simply have a conventional tyre patch fitted. These were similar to the ones used to repair push-bikes. The actual tyre, however, was left without a patch. The reason is that most cross-ply and radial tyres in those days were “textile radials.” The only steel involved was in the bead area.

The main change came with the introduction of the “steel belted radial tyres”.

To start with the tyres were repaired in much the same way. The problem to be was when a tyre became penetrated with a nail or any other metal object. Water tyre repair methodswould be allowed to get into the steel belt of the tyres tread area, through the hole.

Tyre repair Methods

The water penetration would eventually cause the steel belt to oxidise “rust.”  The rusting effect would then cause the steel belt to separate and twist. The result was what we call “separation” and an out of shape tyre. We in the trade knew that another type of repair had to be invented?

Tyre repair companies such as Tip-Top introduced a new method called the “mushroom plug”. This new system of repairing was to be the best method and is still used to this day. The hole in the tyres tread was to be drilled out using a special drill that would also cut the steel. The drill made the hole smooth and possible for the repair to be smoothly inserted.

The mushroom plug would be pulled through from the inside of the tyre. The damaged area of the tyre is then buffed with a  and a fine coating of special rubber cement is applied to the area. We also place some rubber cement in the actual hole. The mushroom plug is then pulled through the hole, making a perfect seal.

This method is carried out in a dust free area, as any dirt and dust can prevent the vulcanisation process. We no longer experience any problems with tyre belts separating and the repairs are suitable for all types and speeds of tyres. We at Pellon tyres charge our public £13.90 for this services. This price also includes a re-balancing and re-fitting the wheel onto the customers car if required.


Flat Tyres Past Thing -In the Future Self Healing Polymer Will Make Flat Tyres Things of the Past

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Remember how the T-100 terminator robot from Terminator 2 could heal itself? Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to own something that would do the same thing, like busted plastic pipes or flat Flat Tyres Past Thing …


eric roberts‘s insight:

Is an end to puncture repairs what the tyres industry want ?

I have been in the tyre business now for a long time. Therefore, one of the things that we do on a daily basis.Hence, is to repair punctured tyres. I have always considered repairing punctures as part of the wider service that we offer to our customers.

Flat Tyres

Flat Tyres requiring a repair

It is nice to see a smiling face. As a result, we tell our customers that their tyre will repair. Consequently, instead of the bill for a new tyre. They only have to pay a small amount for their tyre repairing. So, making them very happy customers. Also we can get drivers calling in with Flat Tyres that do need a new tyre. That’s tough but its all part of repairing tyres and the service that we offer.

There have been many attempts.By companies to provide different cans of chemicals to repair Flat Tyres .In my opinion the system has failed. Accordingly,with the advent of the cars without spares and runflat tyres. Then tyre companies are always on the lookout for new materials. Thus, that will seal a nail hole or screw hole. Of course, when the tyre is penetrated known as Run Flat Tyres Repair.

Continental have come with a special tyre that may protect the driver from a penetration in their Flat Tyres, but now it looks like they are experimenting with polymer materials which replicate our own skin by healing themselves, providing the damage caused is not too great.

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Flat Tyres

Sicherheitsreifen, safety tire, runflat system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As thus article states some of these polymers have been around since WW11 and were created when there was a shortage of rubber. Scientists in Spain are experimenting with new polymers that can regenerate similar to human skin, therefore healing Flat Tyres that has been penetrated by a foreign object. Please read more… http://www.cidetec.es/en/index.aspx

It could be the end of the tyre repairing as we know it, I am all for safety but I am not sure about these developments.

Written by Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com 

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts.

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Tyre Puncture Repairs-Are tyres really worth repairing ?

Tyre Puncture Repairs

Yes it is worth having Tyre Puncture Repairs

Many motorists go through life without having any Tyre Puncture Repairs.Thus, on their cars. Some of our customers are forever having punctures and their tyres

Tyre Puncture Repairs

Tyre pressure checks are also very important

repaired. For this reason, the fact that they need new tyres fitting. Consequently, the reason that they have had a puncture.Is that their tyres have little tread left on them .

The tyres become “softer” when your tread is very low.Therefore, bald tyre will tend to pick up objects such as nails and screws.Thus, causing you to have a puncture. Having tyres with good tread.Of course, actually deflects objects located on the road.Of course, some drivers are just completely unlucky.Therefore, picking up objects. Even with a new tyre fitted.So this is in general and not very common.So as I say most Tyre Puncture Repairs are due to the car having bald tyres. Which can easily pick up nails and screws up from the road.

The common type Tyre Puncture Repairs

Punctures,that occurs in the tread area of a tyre is known as a “minor repair”.These are covered by http://www.btmauk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Minor-repairs-to-passenger-car-and-light-van-tyres.pdf.Naturally, this sets out the reasons.Of course,  that a flat tyre can be repaired in the UK. The tyre to be repaired must be examined. Naturally, and can only be repaired under the following circumstances.

1 The tyre must have the legal tread depth 1.6 mm or above across the central ¾ of the tread around the full circumference of the tyre.

2 The tyre must be inspected for any run-flat damage or any damage to the tyres structure.

3 The tyre should no signs of secondary damage caused by the injury.

4 The tyre should show no signs of ageing, cracking on the bead area is usually a sign of ageing.

5 Look for signs of any bead damage.

6 Look out for any exposed cords protruding from the tyres casing.

Tyre Puncture Repairs

Not a nice sight a flat tyre ?

7 Look out for any old repairs that may coming apart.

These points are pretty common sense things because Tyre Puncture Repairs that are not correctly repaired can cost lives. We at Pellon tyres will only repair a tyre twice and will only repair the tyre if it is a clear penetration. Many tyres on today’s cars are high speed and load rated and the customer should be notified if a puncture is not recommended for their type of car.

Run Flat tyre and puncture repairs this information from the tyre manufactures…

“With certain types of punctures in the tread area, the Bridgestone Run-Flat technology tyres may be repaired subject to certain conditions (Depending on how far and at what speed the car was driven after the puncture). Please consult your nearest RFT authorized dealer to have your tyres inspected.
Before attempting a repair, consult the vehicle owner’s manual for restrictions. The vehicle manufacturer may restrict the use of repaired tires on its vehicles”…Bridgestone Tyres

for further reading ragarding repairing run flat tyres


Tyre Puncture Repairs

this tyre looks good to repair