How Long Can You Drive on a Plugged or Patched Tire?

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You made it! You got your punctured tire repaired before it became damaged any further. The technician fixed it, filled it, and now you’re on your way. Then a thought clouds your mood over. How long are you able to drive with your tire like this? Is it safe to drive your car on a patched tire?

There are three common ways to repair a tire:

  • A patch over the puncture hole on the inside of the tire

  • A plug through the puncture hole

  • A combination patch-plug that covers the puncture from the inside and plugs through it

The only proper repair is a combination patch-plug. A patch or a plug on their own are temporary repairs at best and the tire should either be repaired properly as soon as possible, or replaced.

How long Can I drive on my plug-patched tire?

A proper repair job with a plug-patch results in a tire able to hold air indefinitely -- that is, unless you get another puncture. It is safe to drive your vehicle like this as long as the tire’s useful life. The one consideration is that tire manufacturers no longer support their speed rating on a repaired tire, so taking your high performance car to a track day on a repaired tire is probably not a good idea.

As a rule, most shops will not patch one tire more than three times. If the proper repair for a puncture overlaps with another repair, or if the tire has already been repaired three times, you will need to replace your tire.


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Charles

3 years of experience
17 reviews
Charles
3 years of experience
Nissan Sentra - Spare Tire Installation - Nashville, Tennessee
Charles thought he was coming to install a spare tire, but the problem was a flat tire on one or our fleet cars (that option is not listed on the website). Charles was prompt, polite and courteous and had the repaired tire back on the car within a couple of hours. We will definitely be using Charles again for any other mechanical problems we may encounter with our fleet cars.

Bryant

11 years of experience
342 reviews
Bryant
11 years of experience
Toyota RAV4 - Spare Tire Installation - Indianapolis, Indiana
Bryant explained each step in the repair process. He answered All my questions and educated me on certain driving and maintenance procedures that will extend my car maintenance schedule.

Andrew

11 years of experience
29 reviews
Andrew
11 years of experience
Ford Fusion - Spare Tire Installation - Fort Myers, Florida
Excellent service! Went above and beyond quickly performing the required maintenance. Provided good insight on what additional work need to be done and what could reasonably wait. Very personable would recommended for your maintenance needs.

Jacob

11 years of experience
50 reviews
Jacob
11 years of experience
Honda Odyssey - Spare Tire Installation - Irving, Texas
Put on spare tire on my minivan. My jack sold with the minivan not strong enough. Show up about 30 minutes later than scheduled not due to his fault. Get the job done quick, fast and professional.

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