So you noticed that your tire has lost it’s pressure and you need to get it fix quickly. There are three types of tire repairs. Tire Plugs, tire patches and tire plug/patch combos.
The tire plug is the fastest and easiest way to fix the leak in your tire. Plugs work best when your tire is punctured by a nail or a sharp object that is relatively small in size.
In the past, plugs are more problematic and served more of a temporary repair to allow you to get to the nearest tire shop to get a more permanent fix.
Nowadays, many plugs actually vulcanize as you drive to allow the plug to cure and provide a more stable fix.
However, just by plugging the tire only could allow air and moisture to penetrate the body of the tire causing corrosion in the tire belts. Weakening the tire over time.
The tire patch on the other hand is considered a better fix as compared to the tire plug. Although patching a tire cost more as additional labour is required to remove the tire from the rim to inspect the damage.
The technician will grind down the tire to clean up a 2-inch diameter around the puncture to allow the patch to bond to the area. Thereafter, the patch is then placed over it, sealed and dry.
As with the tire plug, just by patching the tire, moisture and air could seep into the damaged area and cause the same problem as the by just plugging itself.
Tire patch/plug combo
The latest tire repair option is the tire patch and plug combo. Which combines both benefits of the patch and plug. By plugging and patching, we are preventing moisture and air from entering the damaged area from both inside and outside.
It is also NHTSA’s position that a combination repair is the only way to properly fix a tire puncture.
Next time, if you ever get a tire puncture. You’ll have the proper knowledge on which fix to should go for.