If you drove near a construction site or your neighbor just had their roof repaired, you might experience a nail in one of your tires. In many cases, a nail in the tire can be quickly repaired, however, there are certain times it might cost you a whole new tire. This is what you need to know.
When you take your car out on the road, you risk your tires getting hit by a foreign object, like a nail. When your tire becomes punctured by a nail, the tire will begin to lose inflation pressure. Over time, if not repaired, you can experience extensive damage to the tread that can’t be repaired and a new tire will be needed.
Repairing a tire with a nail all depends on the location of where the nail punctured the tire. Most tires today are made up of soft, flexible sidewall and rigid steel belts that line below the tread. RepairPail explains if the nail is in the area covered by the steel belts, it can be repaired in most cases. However, if the nail is located on the outer edge of the tread or near the sidewall, the tire will most likely need to be replaced.
If you have just noticed the nail indoor tire and don’t notice a big leak in air, it’s most likely fine to drive a short distance to your local repair shop to get it repaired. However, before you drive, it’s important to check the tire pressure. If needed, refill the air to a safe level before you drive. Do not try to remove the nail yourself.
If you have rapid air loss and the tire won’t hold air at all, then you will need to put your spare tire on before you drive. If you don’t have access to a spare, contact Scott’s Auto for your options.
If you have to apply your spare tire, it’s important that you know how to drive safely. Spare tires aren’t as sturdy as a regular tire, so precautions need to be taken. Napa’s Know How Blog offers these safety tips for driving with a spare on your vehicle:
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