Omaha Nebraskaland established in 2000
7880 F Street
Omaha, NE 68127
|Commercial and Retread store only
Nebraskaland Tire & Service - Omaha, Nebraska
Tire Repair & Rotation
Rotating your tires means moving them from one side of the vehicle to the other, moving them from front to back or a combination of both. Regular tire rotation helps avoid uneven tire wear that can lead to poor performance and gas mileage. Some tires need rotated at specific intervals, while others will need rotated depending on the wear. To find out when your tires need rotated, check your vehicle's owner's manual or ask one of our technicians.
Q. Can you patch the sidewall of a tire?
A. For your safety and the safety of others, trash the tire! There is no safe repair for a tire with a damaged sidewall. Absolutely do not attempt to repair a tire with damage to the sidewall. That will be the first place it will fail. There are three primary considerations when repairing a punctured tire. You need to evaluate the damage the object caused as it punctured the tire, reestablish an airtight seal of the tire's innerliner, and completely fill the path the object took through the tire. Typically a mushroom-shaped patch and plug combination repair is considered to be the best method of repairing a punctured steel belted radial. A correct tire repair seals the innerliner and fills the path of the hole. A combination of patch & plug or a specific "mushroom" patch that combines the functions. The patch on the insides reseals the innerliner to restore air containment and the rubber filler inserted through the hole prevents moisture from reaching the steel belts and body cord.
Any repair attempted without removing the tire from the wheel is improper. Without inspecting the inside of the tire for hidden damage comes the risk of returning a weakened tire to service. Punctures in the tread area that looked repairable have revealed upon further investigation that the object that punctured the tire had been long enough to cut the tire's sidewall from the inside. Without dismounting the tire, the hidden damage would have been missed.
Simply plugging a tire from the outside without removing the tire from the wheel is improper. If a tire is punctured while off-roading far away from civilization and a spare tire isn't available, a plug may serve as a temporary low speed solution that must be replaced with a proper repair as soon as possible upon returning to the road. Additionally, any repair that doesn't completely fill the path the object took through the tire is incomplete. While a patch on the inside of the tire reseals the innerliner, it does not fill the path of the puncture. This will allow moisture to reach the steel belts and/or the casing cords causing them to rust or deteriorate.
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