Fixing a flat tyre

How to fix a flat tyre

There’s no escaping it: at some point you will probably have a flat tyre.

If you’re not confident of fixing it yourself, don’t forget you can always ask an expert for advice. Take a look at our dealer locator to find a tyre specialist near you.

Try these tips, instructions and tools to help you fix the tyre with the minimum of fuss. 

Why is repairing a tyre important?

If you're driving on a tyre that continuously loses air or has a puncture, it’s very important to get it inspected immediately by an expert – not only for your safety, but also because driving on a flat tyre for even a short distance can ruin it.

A tyre specialist will tell you if your tyre needs replacing or can be repaired.

Your local tyre dealer may be able to:

  • Repair punctures in the tread. Most punctures, nail holes or cuts up to 0.64cm can be repaired if the damage is confined to the tread.
  • Prevent further tyre damage
  • Maintain tyre air pressure at manufacturer recommended levels

However, there are some things that you simply can’t repair. In these cases, you’ll need to buy new tyres.

How to find the hole in your tyre

Noticing a continuous loss of air pressure? You’ll need to find where the leak is before you can fix it.

  • Check for a screw, nail or other kinds of debris sticking out of the tyre. If not, finding the source of the leak can be a little bit difficult – but we have a trick that will help make this easy.
  • Fill a squirt bottle with a vegetable base soap and water solution or tyre manufacturer approved leak detector liquid.
  • Inflate the tyre and then spray the entire tyre with your bottle full of cleaner.
  • Watch out for a small volcano-like eruption of bubbles right where your puncture lies as the cleaner runs down the tread of the tyre.

Now that you've found the hole in your tyre, we recommend getting a qualified professional to inspect the tyre repair if it’s possible. Take a look at our dealer locator to find a tyre specialist near you.