I have a flat or soft tyre

Symptom: flat tyre

car edito infographic flat tyre tips and advice

car edito infographic flat tyre tips and advice

Diagnostic: Tyre Damage that Requires Repair
  • Most punctures, nail holes or cuts up to 6 mm confined to the tread may be repaired by a tyre professional using industry-approved procedures.
  • An on-the-wheel plug-only repair is not reliable and is dangerous. After a puncture the inside of a tyre must be inspected.

 

Solution:
  • The proper repair of a radial tyre (most tyres) includes placing a rubber patch on the inner liner of the tyre and filling the hole with rubber.
  • Do not attempt to repair tyres with tread punctures larger than 6 mm or any sidewall puncture. Also, do not have tyres repaired that are worn below 1.6 mm tread depth.
  • Replace your damaged tyre with a spare tyre. First, be sure to check the spare tyre's sidewall for the correct inflation pressure, speed and mileage limitations. Take your vehicle or tyre to be inspected by a tyre professional.

 

Symptom: soft tyre

car edito infographic soft tyre tips and advice

car edito infographic soft tyre tips and advice

Diagnostic: Under-inflation
  • Reduces tread life through increased tread wear on the outside edges (or shoulders) of the tyre
  • Generates excessive heat, which reduces tyre durability and can lead to tyre failure
  • Reduces fuel economy through increased rolling resistance

 

Solution:

Add air to your tyre until it reaches the proper air pressure (psi: as measured by an air pressure gauge).

To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle owner’s manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker in the door.