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Larry's Auto & Truck
Service Center in Cape Coral
(239) 458-1141

Auto Technicians are ASE Certified

Family Owned and Operated Since 1983


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Tire Patch and Tire Repair in Cape Coral and Fort Myers

So, you have a flat tire. We can fix that! There are three basic kinds of flat tires that we see. One is a puncture in the tread face, which can be fixed by using the Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association's recommended repair. We send our technicians to school for proper flat repair techniques. The second kind of flat is a leak around the rim of the tire. This can be fixed by demounting the tire and is usually due to rust. We grind off the rust and apply tire cement to insure a good seal when we remount the tire. The third type of flat that we see is a sidewall puncture. This type of flat is not repairable because there is too much flex in this area of the tire and any repair attempted would just let loose. Included in all of our tire repairs is a new valve stem and rebalancing of the tire.

In the old days plugs were used because they were quick and reliable. If the injury was a simple nail, a tire could be repaired in no time. If the tire was cut, then patching was preferred to completely seal the odd shaped hole. Then when radial tires came out it was found that plugs would warp the tire and make them ride differently. That's when patches became the preferred method of repairing a tire. There were two kinds of patches, cold and hot.

The cold patch required buffing the inside of the tire and applying a cement. Then the correct sized patch was placed over the injury and a special tool was used to "stitch" the patch to the tire. I don't mean stitching in the sense it was sewn on, but that this special tool was rolled over the patch until it was sealed against the tire. The drawback to this method was if you didn't do everything perfectly, the patch would leak.

Hot patching involved essentially the same procedure except the patch was heated and melted to the inside of the tire. There was a special heating clamp that went on the tire to do this. It usually took about 15 minutes to heat the patch to the tire. The advantage of this method was that the tire and patch become one piece.

Now we have plugs that are designed to repair radial tires and are self-vulcanizing. That is to say after they heat up from driving, they "melt" into the tire and become one piece. If, as in the old days, a tire was cut then patching is the best way to go.

Patching a tire can take about 30 minutes and installing a plug takes a few minutes and usually can be done while the tire is still on the car.

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