Can you puncture repair a run flat tyre?

Can you puncture repair a run flat tyre?

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emicen

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6,964 posts

152 months

Wednesday 9th April 2008
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Tyre has a screw in it in the centre tread blocks (comfortably within the area repairable normally).

Can you get puncture repairs done on run flats? I have this vague memory of once being told you couldnt.

matc

4,643 posts

141 months

Wednesday 9th April 2008
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It can potentially be repaired but most tyre fitters won't do it as they cannot guarantee how long the tyre's been driven on whilst it's been flat. I had the same issue recently on the O/H's Mini and I had to fork out for a new tyre; it was only about 2 months old as well.

grumpy

963 posts

175 months

Wednesday 9th April 2008
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Someone I know has just had a run flat repaired, the garage didn't want to do it but he was insistent.
They wanted £300 to replace the tyre. A super car you may be thinking? No, 'its a poverty spec. 2L BMW diesel,(but I can get 60mpg out of it). rolleyes

Li'l Pugs

1,323 posts

193 months

Thursday 10th April 2008
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Yes you can have a run flat repaired. I went through a bad patch last year (whilst a new housing estate was going up nearby) picking up a puncture every month on average (accross 2 diff cars).
Anyway, I ended up with 3 out of 4 of my run flats repaired. Apart from being a git to get off the rim, there's no problem at all.

Paul

thegreatdogwood

293 posts

131 months

Thursday 22nd December 2011
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Guys

Appreciate some updated thoughts on this.

Have picked up a screw right through the very centre of the tyre on my brand new 285 45 19 runflat Pirelli snow and ice which has made me really chuffed. Aside from cost of replacement, the bigger issue would be finding somewhere that even has stock of the tyre as it was a special order back in September, so if I don't get this sorted then I'm going to end up having to stick the Summers back on just as the weather turns for the worse redface
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Jimboka

7,262 posts

138 months

Thursday 22nd December 2011
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Lots of tyre places will repair - providing you dont drive too far on flat.. Bracknell Tyres have fixed a couple for me, no problem at all. Also a new Dunlop Rft there was £80 less than BMW dealer wanted to charge me for identical tyre!

thegreatdogwood

293 posts

131 months

Thursday 22nd December 2011
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Jimboka said:
Lots of tyre places will repair - providing you dont drive too far on flat.. Bracknell Tyres have fixed a couple for me, no problem at all. Also a new Dunlop Rft there was £80 less than BMW dealer wanted to charge me for identical tyre!
Yes, they are good albeit used Micheldever for the Winters. Hope you are right as the interweb suggests that many dealers are put off tackling Pirellis because they have a statement on their website that they don't endorse puncture repairs on RFT's unlike for instance Dunlop.

Given that I know I have not driven it at less than 26psi as carry a gauge and was actually at a service station when the warning went off hence could re-inflate, I know there is nothing wrong with the tyre. It's losing about 1psi every 45 mins so going to slightly over-inflate last thing tonight to see it through to the morning as well

Ozzie Osmond

21,189 posts

180 months

Thursday 22nd December 2011
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Most punctures are "slow". Best thing to do is carry a 12v compressor in the boot and keep topping up the pressure in a punctured runflat to make sure the sidewall doesn't get overworked. Also need to know someone who's willing to do a repair on a runflat. Worked nicely for me! smile

Leptons

3,844 posts

110 months

Friday 23rd December 2011
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I'd go the DIY route before throwing that away. With these you don't even need the tyre off the rim:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CAR-VAN-TYRE-TIRE-PUNCTU...

I've had a tyre repaired with these in the past and I never died once, before anyone pipes up.

thegreatdogwood

293 posts

131 months

Friday 23rd December 2011
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Well I found somebody local to repair who confirmed no signs of damage - can't see how there could be as it was 26psi when I checked as soon as the warning light went off and then topped it up to 30+ for short drive home. All seems fine but fingers crossed

StottyZr

6,706 posts

97 months

Friday 23rd December 2011
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Guidlines say you can't for the majority of RFT's. Saying that, I would get mine puncture repaired. I wouldn't feel as comfortable at top speed on the autobahn though.

mph999

2,331 posts

154 months

Friday 23rd December 2011
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matc said:
... as they cannot guarantee how long the tyre's been driven on whilst it's been flat.
Untrue, this is the excuse they give.

When driven flat, the run-flat does start to break up, and you get lots of little 'balls or rubber' inside - none or very little, it's not been driven flat (or not far) - lots, and it has.

It is just an excuse they give. Even Dunlop say they can be repaired.

M

RICHARDBURFITT

1 posts

62 months

Saturday 10th August 2013
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I have a slightly different problem.

As soon as I realise that I have a puncture in my run-flay then can I stop the car and try to "repair" this with one of those puncture repair kits that are often used these days? I realise that this would not be a permanent repair but would it be OK to give me quite a few more miles to get to a decent garage before I had to have the tyre replaced ?

Any advice welcomed.

Richard

MJK 24

5,217 posts

170 months

Saturday 10th August 2013
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^^^^

A lot of tyre places won't repair a tyre that's had foam/glue aerosols inflated as it's laborious to remove from inside the tyre. This has to be done before a repair can be attempted. I'd avoid if possible.

Coolhunt

1 posts

59 months

Monday 11th November 2013
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Leptons said:
I'd go the DIY route before throwing that away. With these you don't even need the tyre off the rim:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CAR-VAN-TYRE-TIRE-PUNCTU...

I've had a tyre repaired with these in the past and I never died once, before anyone pipes up.
I'm considering using this kit anyone have a view.
On my 4th puncture in 3 months
I can't afford to replace another rf at £300+ it's starting to drive me bonkers!

emicen

Original Poster:

6,964 posts

152 months

Monday 11th November 2013
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Spooky. Thread resurrected when the girlfriends just picked up a slow puncture on her MINI.

Elneld

92 posts

84 months

Tuesday 3rd June 2014
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I have just spoken with Bridgestone who have confirmed that you CAN repair the tyres. They did say that the tyre fitter will have to inspect the tyre for its condition and following certain guidlines the tyre is fine for repair.