Apr 25th, 2012, 06:36 AM
I have run flats and no spare tyre on my Mini Cooper S 2002 and a slow puncture. The tyre needs pumping up 10psi once a week.
Without a spare, how do I get the puncture repaired ? How does it work e.g. does a garage keep my car jacked up while they wait for a tyre puncture repair glue to dry ?
Apr 25th, 2012, 08:42 AM
some would say you shouldnt repair them. however my tyre guy did one for me as i had picked up a nail. he said it was ok as it was not near the sidewall.
it took him about 15 minuets to remove wheel/tyre drill the tyre, plug it and reasemble.
also it may just need a new valve
Apr 25th, 2012, 08:47 AM
Having read lots of posts, it looks like even if a puncture repair is safely possible, on mini Run Flat tyres, it will be difficult to find a garage that will actually fix one in East London.
I guess I am stuck with having to buy a new run flat tyre.
Apr 25th, 2012, 08:41 PM
Another possible source of a slow puncture on an older car is corrosion of the wheels, allowing air out between the tyre and the wheel (actually through the corrosion, as far as I can tell), rather than air getting through the tyre. I've had wheels refurbished and suddenly didn't need to pump up the tyres any more. Tyre fitters can also apply a sealant to the tyre bead seat if this is suspected to be the cause of the air loss and that works well too, though will need renewing if the tyre gets changed.
Apr 25th, 2012, 10:22 PM
Thank you. Today I read that ATS Euromaster will repair a puncture in some makes of Run Flats, provided the tyre is undamaged.
So I telephoned 3 local branches and I got a different response from each one. i.e. (i) no we don't repair any, (ii) yes we may repair some brands, if the tyre is undamaged and (iii) yes we repair all makes provided the tyre is undamaged.
I will visit them Friday and bear in mind your good tips.
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:09 PM
Well, Amazing Angib, it was indeed air escaping slowly from between the beading edge of the tyre and the metal wheel rim. A chap from ATS Euromaster sprayed some gloo on the rim and all is now fixed. He had been very careful in looking for bubbles (after pouring soapy water over the tyre from a watering can) and in checking for any tyre damage.
So I found one branch of ATS Euromaster and one independent garage that wiill fix punctures on run flats provided the tyre is undamaged.
Apr 28th, 2012, 10:33 AM
I now use a local independent tyre place but away from home, I would always look for ATS - I think they are a real cut above all the other tyre chains. I can remember the shock of seeing one branch use a torque wrench on the wheel bolts, and they started that back in the 90s.