Can You Repair Run Flat Tyres?

Wednesday, 9. March 2011

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Sicherheitsreifen, security tire, runflat system

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Years ago when run flat tyres were introduced they seemed like a great idea but drivers were then told that they couldn’t mix up run flats with conventional tyres and you couldn’t get a puncture repaired. Once the tyre had been punctures, whilst the run flat would get you home the bad news was that you then needed to replace the tyre. However, I have found out that this isn’t necessarily the case. It was highlighted recently when a lady driver managed to get a nail in her run flat tyre fitted to a BMW 1 Series. She spoke to her local dealer who said the tyre could be repaired so believing it to be cheaper to have the tyre repaired at Kwik Fit she called in to be told that run-flats cannot be repaired and she needed a new tyre costing £165. Believing Kwik Fit to be the experts when it comes to tyres she paid for a new tyre. However, the dealer and several other garages insisted that most run-flats can now be repaired as long as the puncture is minor.

The repair according to What Car should have cost about £10 – £20. Apparently run flat tyres normally have instructions regarding punctures on the tyre wall so check that first and if still in doubt contact the manufacturer. Have you experienced problems with run flat tyres? Please let us know. By Graham Hill

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