What to Do About Screw in Tire

Have you ever ran over a screw and found it lodged into your tire? Well, that has happened to most of us at one time or another. That can actually be a frightening situation. If you have a screw in one of your tires, you may be still driving on it right now. If you are, and you’re not sure what to do about, read on.

Are All Tires the Same?

You may have heard of super performance tires or all weather tires that can withstand just about anything. The most common types of tires include all season, low profile, performance, and winter tires. Yet, all tires have some things in common and any tire is subject to damage. All tires are black, round, and imprinted with a tire brand. Beyond these commonalities, tires can have major differences in performance and endurance.

Tire manufacturers have researched the composition of rubber, friction, road surfaces, season, and several other aspects of tire performance to develop the best products. The result has been a number of tire models that boast a number of capabilities. One thing is for sure, regardless of the type of tire or even if it is brand new, all tires are subject to damage from a puncture and/or embedded object.

Can You Drive with a Screw in the Tire?

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Catching a screw in the tire is such a common occurrence that many people do not take it seriously. That is because when you run over a screw, it punctures the tire; however, it is also plugging the hole that it created. Yet, as you turn, the threads of the screw are moving around in the hole, making it bigger. If the situation persists, the tire could blow out. If the hole has become big enough, it will completely ruin the tire.

If you are inquiring about driving with a screw in your tire, the tire is not flat. Simple tire punctures can be repaired if the screw is located somewhere in the tread. This is especially true if the screw is located on the top of the tire tread, where it meets contact with the road. Screws come in different widths and lengths, so the type of screw could be the determining factor. The tire should be dismounted to look for any internal damage.

If the screw is located in the sidewall of the tire or very close to the sidewall, it should be replaced. Repairs of large punctures in the tread, irregular gashes, or long straight cuts cannot be repaired. Some repair shops may tell you that the screw in the sidewall can be fixed. However, this type of damaged means the tire needs to be replaced. You don’t want to pay for a plug and patch only to have to replace the tire soon after. You also don’t want the tire to blow out while you are driving.

Fixing a Tire with a Screw In It

The key to successfully dealing with a screw in a tire is to have it repaired right away. If you have been driving around on a tire with a screw for some time, there may be enough damage to have to trash the tire. You will have to keep adding air to the tire until it has to be scrapped.

Plugging a hole in a tire is not too difficult a job if you have the proper tools. Doing it yourself can save you some money. When repairing the tire, the hole in the tire should be plugged from the outside and patched from the inside. If the hole is only plugged, air pressure inside the tire will start to push the plug out when you start to drive on it. If you plan to plug the tire yourself, follow these steps:

  1. Gather your materials: Tire plug kit, impact wrench with the correct size impact socket, torque wrench, air chock, valve stem tools, razor blade, pliers, and a vehicle jack. Note: If the socket wrench you are using does not get a firm enough grip, it won’t remove the lug nut. If the socket is loose, it will merely spin around the lug nut. Make sure the socket you chose is the right size for the job.
  2. Use the jack to lift the vehicle up enough to be able to remove the tire. Use safe lifting points.
  3. Use the impact wrench and impact socket to remove the lug nuts that are holding the tire on. Keep the lugs in a safe place so that all of them can be replaced.
  4. Find the screw that is lodged in the tire. If you don’t see it, spray a bit of soapy water on the tire and it will bubble up in the that area.
  5. Use the pliers to remove the screw and throw it in the trash.
  6. Remove the valve stem core using the valve stem tool. Allow the tire to deflate. Also place the valve stem core in a safe place.
  7. Remove the reamer from the tire patch kit. Insert the reamer in the puncture site. Twist on the reamer as you push and pull to insert it.
  8. Remove the plug holder, contact cement, and plugs from the kit. Insert the plug into the tool and apply the contact cement to the site. This step will lubricate the hole.
  9. Use the tool to push the patch in. You may have to use firm pressure. Follow the direction of the puncture channel.
  10. Once the patch has been inserted, remove the tool from the puncture cavity and the plug should be lodged in place.
  11. Use the razor blade to carefully trim the plug.
  12. Use the socket to hand tread the lugs as far as they will go to prevent cross threaded studs.
  13. Use the air chock connected to the air line to fill the tire to the correct pressure.
  14. Lower the vehicle back to the pavement.
  15. Use the torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts.
  16. After driving on the tire for a brief minute, check to see if the tire is still inflated and that there is no air leaking out.

How Long Does a Tire Patch Last?

Once you have removed the screw and patched the tire, some would that this is only a temporary solution and eventually the tire will leak or blow out. Perhaps the patch will last until you can get another tire. This is true if the tire is plugged or patched, but not both. Actually, a good plug-and-patch that is done correctly can last for years. Should you drive on a tire with a patch for years? Is it really safe? It depends on where the tire was patched. Even then, maybe or maybe not.

You Need to Know This About Your Tires!

Most vehicle owners understand that a vehicle must be inspected and serviced from time to time, as referred to as routine maintenance. For those who don’t, the likelihood of problems that cause a damaged tire is extremely high. If the vehicle is not inspected routinely, small problems can escalate to major problems that are much more expensive to fix. This is also true for vehicles which sit for long periods of time.

If you want to avoid tire problems or other issues and save $100s of dollars that you’ll spend at the auto repair shop, you’ll need to service your vehicle often – you can use our mechanic-rated Auto Maintenance and Repair Manual to do this. It’s basically what mechanics use to go through your vehicle to check if there are any problems that need fixing. As soon as they notice the most minor problem, they’ll ask you to fork out some money even though it’s a problem you can fix yourself in minutes – the manual will teach you how to maintain your vehicle every few thousand miles and it’ll teach you how to fix minor problems that mechanics will ask you to pay for; saving you money in the long run.

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Replacing a Bad Tire

There are times when plugging the tire will not do the trick. You have to be honest with yourself and start shopping for a new tire. You may be replacing a bad tire or just considering an upgrade. If the tires you are replacing got the job done, it will be safer to get the same kind you had before. If you have a special reason for upgrading your tires, get the facts first on what the new tires will mean for your car and for your pocket. Most car shops and tire dealers can tell you what to look for according to your car’s make and model. You may also find that information in your owner’s manual.

Choosing the best tires for your car is an important decision in terms of safety, value, and longevity. With all of the brands, options, and prices for tires, making those replacements can be a daunting task. Select the tire that is appropriate for your car’s make and model. That glamourous performance tire may be too much for your car. On the flip side, that cheap seasonal tire might not be enough. Here are the things you must consider when replacing tires:

Mileage – Mileage is a big consideration in tire selection. How far will you go on those news tires? Is your job right down the street or do you commute to another city? Choose your tires based on how much you will use them to be sure you get the most for your money.

Price – Tires don’t have to be expensive, but then again you get what you pay for. Some tires are too cheap. Pick the tire based upon its qualities and then be willing to pay the price. Saving a few dollars is not worth a dangerous blow out on the road. You may even have a warranty on your tires which means a replacement will cost you little or nothing.

Brand – How do you pick the best tire brand when there are so many choices? Which tires rank best in areas of price, handling, noise, and comfort? There are different types of tires for different types of vehicles such as passenger tires, pickup truck tires, and performance tires. Among these tire types, there are many tire brands. There are several tire manufacturers out there who make premium quality tires as well as those who produce cheap tires that won’t last. The best tires for you are the ones that fit your purpose. Here are a few of the most popular tire brands for most types of tires:

Goodyear –Throughout the 20th century, Goodyear has been a leader in the evolution of automobile tire design. Today, the Goodyear tire remains an industry leader.

BF Goodrich – BF Goodrich tires have been known for high performance. You may find these tires on racing cars due to their high performance design. The first car to travel across the United States had Goodrich tires. The BF Goodrich All Terrain Radial is one of the top rated tires in the world.

Firestone – The frst Firestone tires were used on wagons and any vehicles that used tires. The production of these tires continued, as did the quality. Today, these tires definitely make the list of the best tire brands in the world. The Firestone Firehawk All Season is one of the top rated tires in the world.

Pirelli – Giovanni Pirelli started making tires as far back as 1872.. The quality of Pirelli tires continued to improve. Today, the Pirelli is ranked as one of the top tire brands in the world.

Drive Safe

Now that you know how to get that screw out of your tire and also if you will have to buy a new tire, it’s time to get going. If you are not sure about the repair or how to find the right replacement, take your car in to the local car garage. They will be happy to help you.