San Carlos Tire Repair Experts - A+ Japanese Auto Repair, Inc.
SHOULD I REPAIR OR REPLACE MY TIRES?A+ Japanese Auto Repair can help you with your San Carlos tire repair or replacement needs. Use the following information to help you decide whether to repair a vehicles tire or replace a vehicles tires. Find the location and magnitude of the damage: Usually, the first indication of tire damage is loss of air pressure. This can range from an annoying slow leak to a dangerous blowout while driving. Check the sidewall, the treads and the matting surface between the rims and tire. This should help to determine why the tire deflated in the first place. In modern vehicles, you will typically be aware of a tire issue when the tire warning light comes on (Fig A.) Another time that clients will advise us they have a tire in need of repair is when they hear the clicking of the nail or screw from the tire (Fig B.)
Is my tire repairable?A puncture from road debris less than 1/4 inch in length in the tread may be repaired using various methods including plugs and patches. However, at A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc. we always take into consideration the tread depth remaining. If your tires have low tread remaining, it may make more sense to replace the tire or tires. Tires with less than 1/16 inch of viable tread depth should not be repaired.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TIRE PATCH AND A TIRE PLUG?For a small puncture of up to 1/4 inch in diameter, a plug often works better than a patch. However, at A+ Japanese Auto Repair we use a newer type of repair. The tire repair we use is a combination of a patch and a plug. The procedure for this requires us to remove the tire form the rim and install the patch/plug from the inside of the tire. We have found the best luck in repairing automotive tires with this type of repair.
WHAT SHOULD A SAFE TIRE LOOK LIKE?