Tire Repair (Flat)
If you’ve ever had a flat tire, you know two sinking feelings: The flat itself, and the thought of having to replace a tire before its time. But as much as we love selling new tires, it’s not ideal to replace one tire at a time. If your tire can be repaired, it’s better to fix it and keep the set together for a long and useful life. We’re here to help you keep those tires as long as possible -- and select your next set when the time comes.
At your tire repair appointment, your Midas technician will inspect your tire and let you know if we can safely repair it according to specific U.S. and Canadian industry standards1.
We can usually repair:
- Punctures to the tire tread ¼ inch or smaller: We plug the hole and apply a patch to the area.
- Leaks in and around the air valve stem: We replace the valve stem if it’s damaged, and re-seal the valve stem it there’s a leak where it’s inserted into the tire.
We cannot repair:
- Punctures larger than ¼ inch.
- Punctures that are too close to previous repairs on the same tire.
- Sidewall damage.
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Most cars can be driven on a flat tire very slowly, for extremely short distances (such as one hundred yards) without damaging the wheel. But you cannot drive on a flat tire at all if you want to preserve the option of having the tire repaired. Contact with the rim will shred the tire’s internal structure. And driving on a flat tire should be a last resort, reserved for situations when you cannot safely pull over and call for a tow truck. There is no way to determine exactly how long your flat tire will protect your wheel. That’s assuming you don’t have run-flat tires.
If you have run-flat tires, check your tire model specifications to see how far you can drive in the event of a flat. Most run-flat tires are designed for up to fifty miles of driving while flat, at up to 50 mph.
If your tire has a slow leak, make an appointment at your earliest convenience and keep your tire pressure properly inflated until you reach your local Midas.
- Midas inspects and repairs tires according to the standards set forth by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC). ↩