Temporarily repair your tyre using a temporary 'tyre weld' solution

Every motorist dreads a puncture, and many drivers have little or no experience of changing a wheel. However, in recent years car manufacturers have made changes to their policy of providing a spare wheel for use in the event of a puncture. 

As a first step, spare tyres were made smaller, so as to take up less space in the car, and lighter, so as to reduce the overall weight of the car when travelling. Finally, the spare tyre was removed altogether and replaced by a small puncture repair kit.

Car manufacturers claim that by removing the weight and bulk of a spare tyre, they reduce the amount of space taken up in the boot and also make a significant contribution to weight reduction, which can have an effect on fuel economy.

Many motorists are surprised to discover that, in the event of a puncture, they can now perform a temporary fix to the tyre themselves quickly and easily. It's important to remember, though, that the repair kit is very much a temporary measure and should never be relied upon as a long-term measure for repairing a tyre.
Where there is no spare tyre fitted, there should be a sealant and compressor pack located where a spare tyre would normally be found. In the event of a puncture, you remove the tyre valve cap and insert the nozzle of the sealant into the valve.

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The compressor will then inflate the tyre to the correct level, forcing the sealant to the hole and temporarily sealing it. This allows you to continue in safety to the nearest tyre depot, where you can have the tyre inspected to see whether it can be repaired or whether you will need to purchase a replacement tyre.

The manufacturers of the sealant sprays recommend that you should drive at a maximum speed of 30mph for the first ten minutes following the repair to ensure that the sealant has correctly sealed the leak. After ten minutes, provided that the repair is holding, you may drive at speeds of up to 50mph in order to reach a garage that will then check your tyre for you.

The sealant option is not suitable for all punctures, but it is a good option for many minor issues. Where there is damage to the sidewall of the tyre, a sealant repair should not be attempted as it will not be secure. If you have driven on a deflated tyre for long enough for it to become overheated, you should also avoid using a sealant repair kit.

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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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