Can you repair pothole damage to your tyres?

One of the questions we are most frequently asked by our customers is whether a puncture caused by pothole damage can be repaired or not.

If you hit a pothole it is important that you stop and assess any damage as quickly as you can.

Make sure you check your tyres for cracks, lumps or bulges. When you hit a pothole the stress caused by the impact could result in tyre sidewall damage which shows itself as a bulge on the wall of the tyre. If you do spot this then it is important to get the tyre seen to as soon as possible as the damage could result in tyre failure and a blow-out while driving.

Each wheel should be inspected for signs of splits or dents in the rim. Additionally, if the steering wheel doesn’t ‘centre’ properly and there are ‘clonks’ when you turn the steering wheel or go over bumps, it is important to get the car checked over as you could have a broken spring or shock absorber. If the steering seems to pull to one side and there is increased vibration coming through the steering wheel, the tracking may have been knocked. It is important to get this re-set as ignoring it can lead to severe tyre wear and higher fuel consumption. Additionally, your exhaust system will sound strange if it has been damaged.

If you have suffered a puncture and it falls within the legally-repairable area of the tyre then we can usually repair the tyre for you, negating the need to buy a new tyre. To find out more about our puncture repair service click here.

We are unable to repair tyres that have suffered damage such as sidewall impact that causes a bulge in the tyre. To order a new tyre or for more advice, our national sales team is available seven days a week on 0800 028 9000.