A punctured tire sidewall can be a frustrating and potentially dangerous situation for any driver. Sidewall punctures can be caused by various things, including potholes, sharp objects on the road, or even over-inflated tires.
Here are the steps you should take if you suspect your tire sidewall(s) is/are damaged.
Step 1: Assess the Damage
The first step in dealing with a punctured tire sidewall is to assess the damage. If the puncture is large or the sidewall is severely damaged, it may be impossible to repair the tire. In this case, the tire will need to be replaced. If the puncture is super tiny and the sidewall is only slightly damaged, you may be able to get away with a tire repair.
Step 2: Determine if the Tire Can Be Repaired
Tire repair is typically only recommended for punctures less than ¼ inch in diameter and located in the tire's tread area. Sidewall punctures are generally not repairable due to the tire's compromised structural integrity. However, if the puncture is very small and the damage to the sidewall is minimal, a professional tire technician may be able to repair it.
Step 3: Consider the Age of the Tire
The tire's age is also a factor to consider when dealing with a punctured sidewall. If the tire is over six years old, it may be time to replace it regardless of the severity crack. Tires deteriorate over time, even if they have not been used, and a puncture may quicken the deterioration process.
Step 4: Replace the Tire
Tire replacements are to be expected when the tire's sidewall is compromised. You should replace the tire as soon as possible and avoid driving in the meantime.
Please bring your car to River City Tire & Automotive so that we can assess the damage and recommend the necessary steps to take so that your vehicle can get back on the road safely. We've seen plenty of sidewall damage cases at our shop, so you can trust us to come up with an honest and reliable solution.