So i have 1 Nail on each of my back tires, the don't lose any air at the moment. I went to a tire place and asked if they could fix/patch them and the guy said that the cheap run flats are not repairable. He then quote me 108£ for each tire to be replaced.
I got the car a week ago and the tires have less than 5k miles on them.
Are they actually not repairable or is this guy trying to sell 2 brand new tires to me?
if near the sidewall, it may not be repaiable, if in the center of the tread, a repair can be made
if you ran the tires w/o air, permanent damage may have been done and they are not repaiable, to see if there is damage, the tire needs to be dismounted and the interior inspected
all that said, some tire stores refuse to repair runflats ... try another repair shop
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As said if you have not driven any distance in the runflat state (ie. no air pressure) they are fine to repair......the tyre fitters and some manufacturers cover themselves by saying no repairs incase you have damaged the sidewalls in the runflat state......however like normal tyres only punctures in the main tread area are repairable, no puncture in or near the sidewall should ever be repaired.
Thats the same with any tyre, if its been run deflated they wont repair it as the side walls could have been damaged.
If its just gone flat and you noticed it before driving away they will repair it dependent upon where the hole is and how big.
when i worked at a mini dealership the techs told me that legally they aren't aloud to repair runflats. so they wont do it for customers but they told me this as they were repairing my runflat which i had probably been driving on for too long with no air and the nail i had was right next to the sidewall about as close as you can get and they didnt seem to be worried about it at all. they told me they patch all of their own runflats too. thats actually how they get tires for their own cars, they wait for a customer to come in with a nail that still has some good tread life on it and instead of throwing it away they patch it up and throw it in the back of their car. iv got like 10 tires sitting in my back yard all with great tread still on them tho some of them are damaged beyond repair. but the tire they patched for me worked perfectly with no issues until i ran out of tread on it. so dont believe everything you hear!
if none of the shops will do it for you tho its something that is fairly simple to do yourself so you might think about taking a whack at it. either way all the best of luck to you!
So i went to another garage the guy repaired it for £30 on the other one he was kind enough to tell me that it did not even go through the thread and changed 3 bolts that they were not fitted properly.
My verdict: I am never going to go to a branded tire retailer ever again. Local guys seem to do the job much better and cheaper.
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