Can a car tyre damaged with a screw be repaired?

Driving over a screw that then punctures and becomes embedded in your tyre can be an extremely frustrating experience.

It is something that is completely beyond your control and cannot be controlled, no matter how careful a driver you are. Unfortunately, it is just one of those things that can happen to anyone at any time. If you are worried, you might need to splash out on a new tyre; however, you might find your existing tyre can be repaired, saving you the expense of a replacement.
Firstly, you need to check whether the screw has actually punctured the tyre or whether it is simply embedded in the tread. It is possible for smaller screws to be jammed into the tyre's tread without causing any real damage; if this is the case in your situation, a tug with a pair of pliers could well shift the screw. It is important to be sure the screw hasn't penetrated the tyre, however, so check with your local garage if you have any doubts. If the screw has indeed caused a puncture, you will need professional help to ascertain whether the tyre can be repaired or needs to be completely replaced.

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It is important to check your tyres regularly to make sure no sharp items have become embedded in them. If you do have a screw or nail jammed into the tread, this is likely to cause further damage that will only get worse the longer you are driving around. The worst-case scenario would be a tyre blowout, which is something you definitely want to avoid.

How tyre sealants work

Many newer cars are supplied with a kit including tyre sealant rather than a spare wheel. This kit can be used in the case of a puncture; however, the effectiveness depends on several factors, including the type of puncture sustained, how far or fast you have driven after the puncture, and where the puncture is located on the tyre surface. The sealant is injected into the tyre valve along with compressed air and will deliver instant results if it is working effectively.

Which punctures can be repaired?

Many smaller punctures can be repaired, providing they are in the tyre's main tread area. There are clear British Standard rules for the safe repairing of tyres; therefore, regardless of whether your particular puncture can be repaired, any repair will depend on it meeting all the guidelines laid out. Larger, more serious punctures or those in the tyre's sidewalls cannot be repaired and you will need to replace the tyre.
We have hundreds of garages all over the country, each staffed by members of our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team. If you have any concerns about the condition or integrity of your tyres, pop into your nearest garage for professional advice.

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