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Q: Is it okay to drive 500 miles with a tire patch?

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Is it okay to drive 500 miles with a patch on a tire?

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi, thanks for writing in. Depending on the...

Hi, thanks for writing in. Depending on the severity of the surface area of the tire that has been patched and the location of the patch, this could be fine, but is not recommended. Sidewall patches are particularly vulnerable to not holding due to the amount of stress that the sidewalls take on. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to you to fix your patch before driving those 500 miles. It can save for costly repairs in the future.

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