Puncture Repair

Small punctures that release air slowly are far more common than a full blow out, so check your tyres once a month for abrasions or foreign objects, such as glass or nails.

Small punctures that release air slowly are far more common than a full blow out, so check your tyres once a month for abrasions or foreign objects, such as glass or nails.

What to do if I have a puncture? 

If the car is handling differently or pulling to one side, pull over safely and check the tyres. If one is punctured, it may be quite clear visually that the vehicle is sitting lower at one corner. The team at First Stop will be able to advise on whether to repair or replace the tyre.

If a tyre suffers a sudden loss of air, you may lose control of the steering. In this case, hold the wheel firmly, slow down until the car stops completely and get the tyre seen to as soon as possible.

If your vehicle is fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), you'll be notified of a pressure drop/puncture immediately.

Vehicles with Run Flat tyres can drive with a puncture at reduced speed for up to 80km / 50miles.

A punctured tyre is unsafe and can cause serious damage to the rim, wheel and even the car itself.

If it is safe to do so and you have a spare, change the tyre. Otherwise, call for assistance.

Finally, visit your local First Stop to see whether the puncture should be repaired or replaced. While you're here, we'll inspect all your tyres for free.

 

 

Puncture Repair FAQ's

How can I avoid a puncture?

Punctures will never be 100% avoidable, but there are things you can do reduce the risk.

  • Check tyre tread regularly for glass/foreign material
  • Make sure the tyres are at the correct pressure

How do I know if there's been a puncture?

  • Vehicle is handling differently or suddenly pulling to one side
  • When you check your tyres, one has a lower profile than the others
  • You lose control of the steering while driving

How many times can a tyre be repaired?

The decision on whether or not to repair tyres depends on the extent of the damage and the position of the puncture.For safety reasons, you can only repair a puncture on the tread, not a puncture on the side wall.

How long does it take to repair a puncture?

It depends on the tyre, but most punctures take between 15 and 20 minutes to repair.

Why repair a puncture?

  • Extends the life of the tyre
  • Prevents internal damage

Can all tyres of puncture be repaired?

No, not all punctures can be repaired, so it's important for a specialist to check the damaged tyre.

A puncture in the tread can be repaired so long as there's no internal damage. If the puncture is in the shoulder or the side wall, a replacement is the most likely outcome.

Your local First Stop specialists can recommend the best course of action for a damaged tyre.

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