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Car tyre has slow puncture – what are the options?

Is it best to take it to a local garage or a garage chain? Hopefully it can be repaired!

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just go to any tyre seller repair store if its repairable should only cost about £15.00 if yo go to a smaller tyre garage ask em for a cash deal !

if you have a local branch of national tyres, you can get the pucture repaired free using this voucher

Slow punctures could be due to a leaked valve, so if they cant find the puncture, do mention it to them to check the valve.

Could also be a defect on the wheel.

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pied_piper

if you have a local branch of national tyres, you can get the pucture … if you have a local branch of national tyres, you can get the pucture repaired free using this voucher ;)Slow punctures could be due to a leaked valve, so if they cant find the puncture, do mention it to them to check the valve.

Thanks for the link and I do have a branch near me. I’m in town this afternoon which is why I am asking for advice now.
It does say that a charge will be made for valve and balance so I will check to see if the deal makes sense when looking at the overall cost.

dont use the voucher they will end up telling you that you need a new tyre or charging a fortune for newe valve and balance. go to a small indipendent place and get it fixed there for about £15

adamsxi

dont use the voucher they will end up telling you that you need a new … dont use the voucher they will end up telling you that you need a new tyre or charging a fortune for newe valve and balance. go to a small indipendent place and get it fixed there for about £15



I really doubt it, I have been to them in a few places and generally they are quite good. In my experience, they won't do anything unless you agree with them to do it. Give this a shot op and let us know how it goes

Took mine to a local tyre seller and they patched it for £7. I have had more problems with tyres not adhering to alloys, though.

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pied_piper

I really doubt it, I have been to them in a few places and generally they … I really doubt it, I have been to them in a few places and generally they are quite good. In my experience, they won't do anything unless you agree with them to do it. Give this a shot op and let us know how it goes

I phoned them and they said that the cost including a valve and balancing is £19 minus the £8 voucher leaves £11. If they can’t repair it there is no charge and no obligation to buy a tyre from them. Seems reasonable although I forgot to ask if the valve and balancing is compulsory; I want to pay them something anyway.

whatsThePoint

just put a screw in the hole, countless people are driving around without … just put a screw in the hole, countless people are driving around without knowing they have objects stuck in their tyres because they self seal



Countless maybe but not everyone. I check my tyres all the time and it's also one area I don't try and save a few quid.

spraint

Took mine to a local tyre seller and they patched it for £7. I have had … Took mine to a local tyre seller and they patched it for £7. I have had more problems with tyres not adhering to alloys, though.



Next time, ask the tyre shop to put some bead sealer around the inside of the rim.

Original Poster

spraint

Took mine to a local tyre seller and they patched it for £7.

I phoned my local garage and they said £8 for a repair with an extra £2 if I want a new valve so I may go for that as I can leave the wheel and collect it the next day which is convenient for me.
Edited by: "Agharta" 12th Sep 2012

I remember a car I had several years ago that had seemed to have a slow puncture, but turned out to be a defect on the alloy wheel. I didn't want to lay out a load of money on a new alloy, so I asked Kwik fit to put in a tube. They refused several times, but eventually got hold of one for me and fitted it. That was about 15 years ago, so I don't know if tubes are still made.

Edit: Looks like they are still available. tyre-choice.co.uk/ind…ATQ
Edited by: "Predikuesi" 12th Sep 2012

Have you had a look at the tyre for any signs of damage/ holes. Depending on the place of anything found it may be a new tyre wherever you take it. Maybe worth a quick look save yourself a wasted journey only to find you've got to shop around for a new tyre. Failing that price a new tyre up before you go so that at least you have an idea of price if they say you need a new one.

whatsThePoint

very few people remove their wheels all the time to check for possible … very few people remove their wheels all the time to check for possible punctures and inner wall damage(easily done if you hit a pothole)or did you mean you give them a quick look over without even turning or removing them



I was agreeing with you, I often turn my wheels for checking damage, usually just get under the thing for checking inner wall damage. If I ever take a speedbump wrong or clip a curb I check them etc. Takes no time at all and is as important as checking lights (which I also do often) lol.
As for taking the wheel off, I must admit this only happens for a tyre change or to have them rotated or servicing etc
Edited by moderator: "Sep 12, 2012 10:08" 12th Sep 2012

Original Poster

greg_68

Have you had a look at the tyre for any signs of damage/ holes. Depending … Have you had a look at the tyre for any signs of damage/ holes. Depending on the place of anything found it may be a new tyre wherever you take it. Maybe worth a quick look save yourself a wasted journey only to find you've got to shop around for a new tyre. Failing that price a new tyre up before you go so that at least you have an idea of price if they say you need a new one.

I was going to this morning but the weather is so bad I’d rather let the guys in the garage take a proper look. If I need a new tyre I’ll price that up another time rather than spend time doing something that might not be required. I’m in town anyway today so I’ll probably go to National as it is very near where my appointment is and it will save my parking fee.

whatsThePoint

they are called tubeless tyres for a reason, the main one being they … they are called tubeless tyres for a reason, the main one being they aren't designed to operate with tubes in



True, but it proves it can be done, see the info in the link.
Edited by: "Predikuesi" 12th Sep 2012

Personally I don't believe in repairs because when I'm travelling at 70 miles or so per hour I start thinking maybe I should have bought a new tyre instead of taking chances.

Last time I had a slow puncture I just chucked a can of tyre weld in it and forgot about it.

Predikuesi

I remember a car I had several years ago that had seemed to have a slow … I remember a car I had several years ago that had seemed to have a slow puncture, but turned out to be a defect on the alloy wheel. I didn't want to lay out a load of money on a new alloy, so I asked Kwik fit to put in a tube. They refused several times, but eventually got hold of one for me and fitted it. That was about 15 years ago, so I don't know if tubes are still made.Edit: Looks like they are still available. http://www.tyre-choice.co.uk/index.php?page=2&category=2&gclid=CIbjn6HVr7ICFUfKtAodcAYATQ



Puncture repairs must be approved to a British Standard. This does not permit the use of tubes in tubeless tyres, hence a mushroom type pull through patch must be used within repairable limits.

I think the OP will get lots of peoples ways of dealing with punctures, some people are silly, some are sensible, some are cheap, others are not, but at the end of the day you really have two options, get a new tyre or get it repaired! Each of which your local tyre company will be able to do.

Sometimes a slowy can be caused by rust building up on the inside of the wheel making the seal between the rubber and metal uneven, my local tyre fitter fixed this for free on my runaround. I'd take it to a local tyre specialist, I'd avoid the big chains as they always suck ime.

The Therapist

Next time, ask the tyre shop to put some bead sealer around the inside of … Next time, ask the tyre shop to put some bead sealer around the inside of the rim.



They did. They mentioned something about oxidisation of the insides of the rim, which tbf looked a bit like a tin urinal and that I would need to take them to be done by a wheel rim specialist or I would always have problems with deflating tyres.

aircanman

Last time I had a slow puncture I just chucked a can of tyre weld in it … Last time I had a slow puncture I just chucked a can of tyre weld in it and forgot about it.



You do realise Tyre Weld is a temporary measure designed to get you to a garage, and you're not supposed to go above a certain speed, and if you've got alloys it can damage them?

spraint

They did. They mentioned something about oxidisation of the insides of … They did. They mentioned something about oxidisation of the insides of the rim, which tbf looked a bit like a tin urinal and that I would need to take them to be done by a wheel rim specialist or I would always have problems with deflating tyres.



They were right in what they said and also covering their own back. The oxidisation of the alloy causes pitting of the alloy which can lead to a slow puncture. The sure and permanent remedy is wheel refurb. however the bead sealer fills in the pits creating a smooth surface for the tyre to seal against. If you continue to have problems, the next step would be a refurb.

LDHughes

You do realise Tyre Weld is a temporary measure designed to get you to a … You do realise Tyre Weld is a temporary measure designed to get you to a garage, and you're not supposed to go above a certain speed, and if you've got alloys it can damage them?



Yer, I had it in there for 6 months, no issue whatsoever. But as I said in the above post, there are silly people, I am one of them, or was one of them!

Original Poster

It had two punctures and one couldn’t be repaired so it had to be replaced; the guy showed me the punctures.

I had a problem with tyres on an alloy leaking due to corrosion of the aluminium on the alloy.
My garage sorted it for me I've been going there for years.
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