Fix the Flat or Repair the Tire?

Choosing wrong can have dire consequences

The goal of the carbide cutter is to trim the wires to solid rubber so the wrong size or dull edges may not achieve the desired result.

The same can be said for repair unit installation. Unlike most adhesives on the planet, vulcanizing cement does not become effective until it is completely dry.

Apply the repair unit when the cement is wet, and you’ll probably have a loose “patch” within a relatively short period of time. Bridging the repair unit by installing it with the beads spread is another example of how the right steps can go wrong if there is a lack of attention to detail.

Puncture repairs require a substantial investment due to the need for special tools, equipment, supplies and training. That’s why most fleets and drivers choose to let someone else repair their tires.

The question is whether they are letting a professional technician restore the tire to its original condition or letting an amateur tire buster gamble with someone’s life.

The Tire Industry Assoc-iation (TIA) has a video that fleets can purchase that demonstrates the proper guidelines and steps to a puncture repair for driver or technician training. For more information on this video or the Fleet Tire Service OSHA Compliance Training Program, contact TIA’s Chris Marnett at or 800-876-8372, ext. 106.

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is an international association representing all segments of the tire industry, including those that manufacture, repair, recycle, sell, service or use new or retreaded tires, and also those suppliers or individuals who furnish equipment, material or services to the industry. TIA was formed by the July 2002 merger of the International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA) and the Tire Association of North America (TANA). TIA’s main office is in Bowie, MD. The association has more than 6,000 current members.

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