Proper tire care is a vital part of your vehicle's service, so If you notice damage on your tires' treads or sidewalls—like punctures, cuts, holes, or cracks—it's important to understand what can be repaired and what needs to be replaced.

Where is the puncture or damage?

Tire treads have the most contact with the road, which is why that part of the tire is built with multiple layers of materials for strength and durability. If the tread is damaged, in nearly every instance, it can be repaired, thanks to the blend of rubber materials and reinforcing cords.

The tire's sidewall is thinner and more flexible, so if there's a crack, puncture, or cut, the integrity of the tire's strength diminishes. You can use an emergency sealant or patch as a temporary fix, but the tire will need to be replaced as soon as possible to avoid a blowout or accident while driving.

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