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A tire patch is a safe and reliable way to repair a leaky or flat tire to avoid the expense of replacing the tire, but how many patches can a tire have?
A tire can safely have multiple patches depending on where the tire is punctured. Any two punctures should be at least 16 inches apart, and generally speaking, you should only patch a tire twice; however, you should take a tire to a tire professional to confirm.
Today, we'll teach you about the risks of patching a tire too often, how long these patches last, and when you should avoid a patch.
Keep reading as we cover the above topics and share details.
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A properly patched puncture won't lessen a tire's lifespan.
Theoretically, you could patch the same tire as many times as you like as long as any two punctures aren't less than 16 inches apart.
That said, after the 2nd or 3rd patch, many tire repair centers refuse to make the repair and will instead suggest a new tire.
In any case, it's best to have a professional tire specialist look at your tire and take their advice.
Tires that have been properly patched more than once aren't inherently more unsafe than tires that have only been patched once.
That said, tires that have been improperly patched, regardless of how many times, have many risks.
An improperly patched tire will leak, which could lead to the following:
Tire patches can be incredibly reliable if installed correctly and will last the tire's lifetime.
It all depends on how well you maintain your vehicle and its tires/wheels, including:
A patch can also be affected by everyday things we encounter driving, including road hazards, nails, potholes, etc.
Patched tires are safe; after all, even tire repair centers and mechanics will do the patch repair willingly.
And when it comes to a safe option that doesn't require dropping a few hundred bucks on a new tire, this is the best choice.
It's especially safe compared to driving on a leaky or flat tire, and you can even count on them in most driving conditions.
Of course, road hazards can compromise the safety of a patched tire if the patch job isn't done correctly.
However, having a professional tire specialist patch your tire is worth it since the job is relatively affordable (about $15-$30 ).
Patching a tire will not inherently weaken it, but an improperly patched one will be weak and inevitably start to leak.
A tire's sidewall should never be patched. Due to stresses on the sidewall, a patched sidewall will not hold and could lead to a dangerous situation.
Depending on what part of the tire you're patching, it could become weaker or more damaged after being patched.
The vehicle speed rating is the main thing a tire compromises with a good patch. After even the most successful patch, a tire isn't recommended for high-speed use (more than 80-85 mph).
Fortunately, patches are reliable even on highway roads, although their price tags may indicate otherwise.
While a patch may lower the speed rating of your car, you can still drive at somewhat high speeds (70-75 mph), which is the limit on most highways.
Just make sure not to exceed the limit, especially if the road is particularly bumpy or hazardous.
While tire patches are incredibly helpful, there are some scenarios where they just can't be used.
Holes or punctures that are:
Some people will attempt to patch and repair tires with holes larger than ¼ inch at home.
Unfortunately, tires are not built to handle this kind of repair, and you risk a blowout or, worse, driving in those conditions.
As previously mentioned, you shouldn't be patching the same hole more than once or twice in the tire's lifespan.
And when it comes to multiple different holes, you should limit those patch repairs to just two maximum.
You can still use two patches if the two holes are more than 16 inches apart.
The problem is that this is more often than not simply not the case, and you'll end up needing to get the tire replaced.
Patching a tire puncture is a safe and useful way to give a temporary fix to a tire problem. But how many patches can a tire have?
Generally, you shouldn't patch the same tire puncture more than twice and shouldn't patch more than two holes in a tire (especially if they're close together).
That said, take your tire to the tire shop and get a final decision from a professional before throwing away a tire with more than two punctures.
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