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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David Sholicar

David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry. David handles the relationships with our parts suppliers to ensure that Protyre only fit the best quality servicing parts, brake parts, and other aftermarket quality parts at the right price. David is also involved in ensuring that all technicians are trained or assessed to carry out the work completed in all centres, and that Protyre has a robust Quality control ( QC) Procedure in all centres. David is also involved in developing the customer service standards and customer service training for all Protyre team members to ensure that all Protyre customers can expect the highest levels of customer service. At Protyre we believe we have the highest levels of customer service excellence that can be found, not only in the garage industry, but also when compared to other retail organisations. Another area of expertise is David’s involvement in developing Protyre Operational, Environmental, and safe working procedures. David has worked for some of the UK’s best retailers and this expertise has been a key component in helping develop Protyre into a highly respected company within the fast fit industry. David’s mission is ensuring that Protyre is the local garage that you can trust.

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