Tire Repair

Q. Can you patch the sidewall of a tire?
A. For your safety and the safety of others, trash the tire! There is no safe repair for a tire with a damaged sidewall. Absolutely do not attempt to repair a tire with damage to the sidewall. That will be the first place it will fail.

There are three primary considerations when repairing a punctured tire. You need to evaluate the damage the object caused as it punctured the tire, reestablish an airtight seal of the tire's innerliner, and completely fill the path the object took through the tire. Typically a mushroom-shaped patch and plug combination repair is considered to be the best method of repairing a punctured steel belted radial.

A correct tire repair seals the innerliner and fills the path of the hole. A combination of patch & plug or a specific "mushroom" patch that combines the functions. The patch on the insides reseals the innerliner to restore air containment and the rubber filler inserted through the hole prevents moisture from reaching the steel belts and body cord (see green arrow on picture below)
Tire Repairs
Correct Tire Repair
Patch Only on the Inside
Reseals the innerliner but does not
fill the patch of the injury. This allows
moisture to follow the path of the hole
and reach the steel belts (causing them
to rust) and/or the body cord.
String Plug Through the Path of the Hole
Often done as an external repair without
inspecting the interior of the tire for damage. Fills the path of the hole, but does not guarantee sealing of the innerliner. This may allow air to escape through the rubber as well as from the tire.

Any repair attempted without removing the tire from the wheel is improper. Without inspecting the inside of the tire for hidden damage comes the risk of returning a weakened tire to service. Punctures in the tread area that looked repairable have revealed upon further investigation that the object that punctured the tire had been long enough to cut the tire's sidewall from the inside. Without dismounting the tire, the hidden damage would have been missed.

Simply plugging a tire from the outside without removing the tire from the wheel is improper. If a tire is punctured while off-roading far away from civilization and a spare tire isn't available, a plug may serve as a temporary low speed solution that must be replaced with a proper repair as soon as possible upon returning to the road.

Additionally, any repair that doesn't completely fill the path the object took through the tire is incomplete. While a patch on the inside of the tire reseals the innerliner, it does not fill the path of the puncture. This will allow moisture to reach the steel belts and/or the casing cords causing them to rust or deteriorate.
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KANSAS
Wichita
Kansasland Tire - Wichita, Kansas
1452 N. Maize Rd.
Wichita, KS 67212

Phone: (316) 773-9595
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Wichita
Kansasland Tire - Wichita, Kansas
3167 N. Rock Rd
Wichita, KS 67226

Phone: (316) 634-1444
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Wichita
Kansasland Tire - Wichita, Kansas
2015 W. 21st St.
Wichita, KS 67203

Phone: (316) 838-0807
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Andover
Kansasland Tire - Andover, Kansas
664 S. Andover Rd.
Andover, KS 67002

Phone: (316) 733-1254
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Concordia
Kansasland Tire - Concordia, Kansas
1721 Lincoln
Concordia, KS 66901

Phone: (785) 243-2706
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Derby
Kansasland Tire - Derby, Kansas
130 E. Madison
Derby, KS 67037

Phone: (316) 788-3647
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Emporia
Kansasland Tire - Emporia, Kansas
611 Prairie Street
Emporia, KS 66801

Phone: (620) 343-8473
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Fredonia
Kansasland Tire - Fredonia, Kansas
1526 N 2nd St
Fredonia, KS 66736

Phone: (620) 378-4528
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Garden City
Kansasland Tire - Garden City, Kansas
1702 E. Fulton
Garden City, KS 67846

Phone: (620) 276-2323
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Goodland
Kansasland Tire - Goodland, Kansas
1402 Main
Goodland, KS 67735

Phone: (785) 899-3689
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Great Bend
Kansasland Tire - Great Bend, Kansas
1820 N. Main St.
Great Bend, KS 67530

Phone: (620) 793-5477
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Hays
Kansasland Tire - Hays, Kansas
730 E. 8th St.
Hays, KS 67601

Phone: (785) 628-1071
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Hutchinson
Kansasland Tire - Hutchinson, Kansas
29 W. Sherman
Hutchinson, KS 67501

Phone: (620) 663-3381
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Liberal
Kansasland Tire - Liberal, Kansas
837 S. Kansas Avenue
Liberal, KS 67901

Phone: (620) 624-4823
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Norton
Kansasland Tire - Norton, Kansas
11101 Road E1
Norton, KS 67654

Phone: (785) 877-5181
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Pittsburg
Kansasland Tire - Pittsburg, Kansas
901 N Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Phone: (620) 231-7210
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Salina
Kansasland Tire - Salina, Kansas
684 S. Broadway Blvd
Salina, KS 67401

Phone: (785) 825-8724
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Topeka
Kansasland Tire - Topeka, Kansas
300 SW 6th Ave
Topeka, Kansas 66603

Phone: (785) 233-4156
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Topeka
Kansasland Tire - Topeka, Kansas
2855 SW Wanamaker Rd
Topeka, Kansas 66614

Phone: (785) 271-1122
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Topeka
Kansasland Tire - Topeka, Kansas
1700 SW Westport Dr
Topeka, Kansas 66604

Phone: (785) 271-0123
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NEBRASKA
Chadron
Nebraskaland Tire - Chadron, Nebraska
231 W. 2nd Street
Chadron, NE 69337

Phone: (308 )432-4488
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Lexington
Nebraskaland Tire - Lexington, Nebraska
Commercial Tire Center
HWY 283 & HWY I-80
Lexington, NE 68850

Phone: (308) 324-6374
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Lexington
Nebraskaland Tire - Lexington, Nebraska
511 Plum Creek Pkwy
Lexington, NE 68850

Phone: (308) 324-4604
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North Platte
Nebraskaland Tire - North Platte, Nebraska
1100 S. Dewey
North Platte, NE 69101

Phone: (308) 532-1100
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  Scottsbluff
Nebraskaland Tire - Scottsbluff, Nebraska
709 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Phone: (308) 632-7731
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Sidney
Nebraskaland Tire - Sidney, Nebraska
238 Illinois Street
Sidney, NE 69162

Phone: (308) 254-5125
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COLORADO
Arvada
Coloradoland Tire and Service
5210 West 78th Place
Arvada, CO 80003

Phone: (303) 427-1177
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Castle Rock
Coloradoland Tire and Service - Castle Rock, Colorado
4978 Front Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Phone: (720) 733-1199
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Denver TechCtr
Coloradoland Tire and Service - Denver, Colorado
8000 E. Quincy Avenue
Denver, CO 80237

Phone: (303) 694-2585
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Denver
Coloradoland Tire and Service - Denver, Colorado
6995 N Broadway
Denver, CO 80221

Phone: (303) 426-7947
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Denver
Coloradoland Tire and Service - Denver, Colorado
887 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

Phone: (303) 733-5100
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Lakewood
Coloradoland Tire and Service - Denver, Colorado
11196 W Colfax Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80215

Phone: (303) 238-7595
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Littleton
Coloradoland Tire and Service - Denver, Colorado
12672 West Ken Caryl Ave
Littleton, CO 80127

Phone: (303) 973-3828
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Littleton
Coloradoland Tire and Service - Littleton, Colorado
199 W Littleton Blvd
Littleton, CO 80120

Phone: (303) 798-8618
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  Burlington
Coloradoland Tire and Service - Burlington, Colorado
47200 W. Hwy 24
Burlington, CO 80807
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Lamar
Coloradoland Tire and Service
105 S. 4th St.
Lamar, CO 81052

Phone: (719) 336-9075
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OKLAHOMA
    Guymon
Guymon Tire and Auto
Guymon Tire and Auto
1018 Highway 54 NE
Guymon, OK 73942

Phone: (580) 338-2516
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