Fixing Your Wheels in Columbus OH: Patching Vs. Plugging

by | Sep 6, 2014 | Automotive

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Nothing is worse than driving down the road when you’re in a hurry and realizing a tire on the car is going flat. It puts a dent in your day, delays on your plans, and needs fixing right away before causing damage to the wheel. What’s the quickest and most cost effective way to get back on the road? The right tire shop can assist you in choosing whether your tire can be patched or plugged safely.

When it comes to repairing your Wheels Columbus OH, there are a couple things to consider when deciding whether to plug or patch the tire. A tire plug is an object that is inserted into the hole in the tire. On the other hand, a patch is a piece of self vulcanizing rubber applied to the inside of the tire. Once they start to heat up from being on the road as the car is driving, it melts into the tire.

Plugging a tire is generally the quickest and most inexpensive way to repair a tire. It takes about five minutes and costs less than $10 because the tire does not need to be removed to install the plug. Tire plugs should never be installed on or near a sidewall. In addition, if the punctured hole is not straight, it is highly unlikely that a plug will work. Experts have also expressed concern that applying a simple plug without removing the tire to inspect for further damage is ill advised. They recommend removing the tire to inspect the inside.

Patching a tire requires removing the tire from the vehicle, and usually takes around 30 minutes. The cost can range from $15 to $20. The patch is considered a much stronger and more effective repair. Because of this, it is generally considered the much safer option. Just like the plug, it should never be applied on or near a sidewall.

Katz Tires offers both options for repairing Wheels Columbus OH. They can assist in choosing the best option for your repair. Depending on the damage, a plug is an inexpensive solution that can be performed quickly, however one takes the chance that there is further unseen damage. If you have the time, and want to err on the side of safety, a patch could be the best answer.

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