Nigerian roads can be super unfriendly to your car tyres. Whether it’s that sneaky pothole you couldn’t avoid or a sharp object you didn’t see, many things can cause you to get a flat, and then you’re faced with the decision of repairing or replacing the tyre. The average Nigerian will opt for repairing the tyre and the rationale behind this choice is simple – it’s much cheaper than buying a new one.
However, the cheaper option isn’t always the best for you and your beloved ride. In some cases, the tyres are indeed repairable but there are some decisive factors you need to consider first, and we’re going to name a few to help you decide.
It is REPAIRABLE if:
- It has been punctured by a small object (nails, screws) – A tyre can be repaired if it is flat due to a puncture or tear that is less than ¼ inch in length. To help you measure this just in case you left your tape rule at home, try putting a pen or even your car key against the hole. If your pen or key is bigger than the hole, chances are you can repair the tyre.
Although small holes do not necessarily mean severe damage, they must be fixed immediately. Even tiny holes in your tyres can cause blowouts especially at high speeds, and we don’t want anything messing with you and your car’s safety.
- The puncture ensued in the central portion (central ¾) of the tyre tread – It is general knowledge that if punctures happen in between the tyre’s shoulders, it can be fixed.
It is NOT REPAIRABLE if:
- The puncture is huge – Tyres won’t be able to function correctly if they have holes larger than 5mm as too much air would escape. Generally, if you can fit your pinky in the hole, it’s too big and you need a new tyre.
- The Tyre’s sidewalls are damaged – Unlike the tread area of the tyre, the sidewalls can’t be repaired. The sidewall is important to the performance and structure of the tyre. Any damage to this part is a major issue and most likely means you need a replacement as soon as possible.
- The Tyre is damaged inside – Internal damage to your tyre is possibly the worst scenario you want to avoid. This would affect the tyre’s functionality and compromise the car’s safety in general.
Unfortunately, issues like this aren’t always obvious so it’s important to regularly check your tyres, preferably with a professional. If your tyres have internal damage, buying new tyres is your best option.
Above everything else, you want your tyres handled by the right hands. It’s essential to get expert advice whether you’re getting a replacement or having your tyre fixed. At TyrePro, you’ll find experienced car engineers fully equipped with mobile fitting vans who will be able to assess your tyre and provide you with the best advice to ensure you keep riding safely every day.