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San Carlos Tire Repair Experts - A+ Japanese Auto Repair, Inc.


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.)

(Fig A.) Tire Warning Light
(Fig B.) Screw Puncture in Tire

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.

Tire Patch vs. 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.

Tire Wear Chart:


Non-Repairable Damage / Tire Replacement:

A split or cracked sidewall in a tire can never be safely repaired. If there were any question of whether a puncture or tear poses a safety risk we would recommend replacement of the tire. When it comes to tire replacement there are many options available to clients of A+ Japanese Auto Repair. We replace over 20 tires a day on average at our facility. This has naturally made the auto repair staff at our facility tire experts. A+ Japanese Auto Repair uses many vendors to offer our clients a wide variety of tire replacement options and brands. When a tire is replaced by one of our ASE certified mechanics, the mechanic will not only install the tire on the rim but also balance the tire. This helps to prevent any vibration passing from the wheels to the steering wheel or vibrations to the passengers. If it is deemed necessary to replace a tire due to damage or normal tire wear, A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc. installs the following tire brands: Michelin Dunlop, Pirelli, Continental, Goodyear, Firestone, Hankook, BF Goodrich, Kumho, Sumitomo, Toyo Tires, Uniroyal, Yokohama and some special tires for high-performance needs.

Tire Inspection:

At A+ Japanese Auto Repair your tires will be inspected anytime your vehicle comes in for service. This includes: engine oil and filter changes, minor service, brake service, major service, 30K service, 60k service, 90K service, etc. Basically, every time your vehicle comes into A+ Japanese Auto Repair we will be visually inspecting your tires.

Please note: When it comes to tire repair and replacement, not all tires and repair supplies are created equally! At A Plus Japanese Auto Repair Inc. we use the highest quality tires, valve stems, valve stem caps, wheel weights and tire repair components. We are tire experts when it comes to the tire repairs or replacements on your: Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Kia, Scion, Hyundai, Isuzu and Hybrid vehicles. If you have any further questions regarding tire repair or replacement, please stop by A+ Japanese Auto Repair and speak with one of our tire experts today.


Disclaimer: This article is provided for general informational purposes only.  It is not intended as advice for your particular vehicle, and should not be relied upon for that purpose.  Please consult a qualified automotive maintenance professional to determine the maintenance and repair needs for your vehicle.

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