Can You Plug a Run-Flat Tire? Are Run-Flats Better?
Many manufacturers add run-flat tires to their cars to improve dependability. These tires help make your vehicle more reliable by enabling you to continue driving on a flat tire, so you don’t have to stop immediately to fix it. However, many people don’t understand how these tires work and want to know if it’s possible to plug them once they go flat. The short answer is yes. That said, you can plug some run-flat tires but not all, so keep reading to learn more about these modern wheels.
What Is a Run-Flat Tire?
Run-flat tires are self-supporting tires that use reinforced sidewalls to support the vehicle if the wheel loses pressure. Most will allow you to continue driving for up to 50 miles after air pressure is lost, so you can make it home or to a garage instead of having to fix the tire yourself on the side of the road.
Run-Flat Tire Advantages
Run-Flat Tire Disadvantages
Can I Plug a Run Flat Tire to Repair It?
You might be able to plug a run-flat tire if the puncture isn’t on the reinforced sidewalls and the tire is relatively new. It’s much less likely that you will be able to plug it if the hole is on the reinforced sidewalls. Statistics show that you are twice as likely to need a new tire after receiving a puncture than a traditional tire.
It’s possible to plug a run-flat tire depending on where the puncture is, but it’s just as likely that you will need to replace it. Many people also point to several other problems, like the weight of the tire and the reinforced sidewalls making it difficult to tell when your tire needs air until it’s too late. However, the peace of mind knowing that you won’t get stuck on the side of the road in bad weather makes these tires more than worth it for many people, especially if you are getting older.
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