It can happen at any time. You feel the car pull to one side, and you hear the telltale noise. You know you have a flat tire. You stop, change the tire for the spare, and head off to a tire repair shop. When you reach the shop, you may find out for the first time there are two ways to fix the puncture, either a tire patch or a tire plug. Some mechanics will argue that a tire plug is the better choice, especially if the damage was little more than a small nail hole. Other mechanics will say that the only way to repair a puncture is to apply a patch. A quality Auto shop in Denver can do both, and often do use both a plug and a patch.

Leather tire plugs are covered with an un-vulcanized rubber compound. The plug is forced into the nail hole. The rubber plug fills the hole and vulcanizes under heat that is generated while driving. Plug repairs are simple to make. The tire does not have to be dismounted from the wheel. Plugs cost little, and the repair is made quickly and with little effort. The tire repair technicians at Elder Auto Complete Auto Service will be the first to tell you that the vast majority of tire plugs last for the remaining life of the tire. A tire plug can fail. Most failures occur because the puncture was too large or the plug used was too small.

Neither plugs nor patches should be used if the puncture is located near the tire sidewall. This area of a tire flexes a great deal while the car is in motion. The constant flexing will eventually work any repair lose. Getting periodic coolant flush in Denver and ensuring the tires on your vehicle are in excellent condition are both great ways to ensure vehicle safety and performance.

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