Fix a Flat | New Orleans Auto Repair

Fixing a punctured tire is more complicated than simply using a plug. A New Orleans auto repair pro like the ones at Twin Tire will make sure it's done right.

A flat tire always happens when it's the most inconvenient. You're on your way to work or Brunch Fest and you can't go anywhere until you get that tire changed. Even worse, if you don't have a spare, you're not going anywhere until you get the flat fixed or get a new tire.

If that flat is caused by a nail or other object puncturing the tire, you may be tempted to simply cram a patch into the hole, inflate the tire and go on your way. But, as Motorweek magazine explains, that's not a good idea.

"The typical way that a tire is fixed, and it’s completely improper, is to take a plug and just jam it through the tread of the tire and that’s the end of it.  If it doesn’t leak, everything is fine.  But how do you know what the inside of the tire looks like?  You don’t.  So, the tire always has to be de-mounted from the rim for a proper repair," Motorweek says.

Motorweek adds, "You get it de-mounted.  What do a lot of people do?  They put a patch in there. Well, the patch doesn’t work either, not by itself.  The reason for that is real simple.  If you put a plug through the outside it seals the outside, but doesn’t necessarily seal the inside. ... So the ideal situation is a plug patch.  This is both a plug and a patch, and this goes from the inside of the tire to the outside. ... it seals the inside, it seals the outside, it’s considered a permanent repair."

That's the best reason to seek out the professional New Orleans auto repair specialists at Twin Tire Auto Care: They fix flats the proper and safe way. And, if the flat can't be fixed, Twin Tire can help you with a replacement because the New Orleans auto care experts at Twin Tire carry all brands, sizes and style of tire to fit any vehicle or driving need.

Twin Tire has been the trusted New Orleans auto repair and auto care service center since 1973. Twin Tire has three convenient New Orleans auto repair and auto care centers to serve you: Marrero, Harvey and Hammond. Twin Tire also has a New Orleans auto repair shop in Harahan for heavy commercial vehicles.

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