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How Long Will a Tire Patch or Plug Last Me

March 22, 2017

For those lucky few whose tire repairs required a patch or plug rather than a complete replacement, you might be wondering "How long is this plug/patch going to last me?" Well good news for you, RepairPal has the answers you need.

First off, it's important to understand whether your puncture needs a patch, plug, or to be replaced completely. To make sure you have the right repair for your tire check our article here.

Now on to the good stuff. If you took your vehicle to one of our Certified repair shops, then you can be sure that your tire patch and plug (the two are often recommended as supplements) were dressed correctly to prevent any possible pressure leakage.

Often, it is necessary to vulcanize the tire patch, a process which uses heat and curing agents to reinforce the rubber of your tire. If all goes as planned and you have a properly plugged and patched tire, then it should last its original lifetime or the remainder of its mileage.

On average, tire experts predict that a proper plug and patch can last from 7-10 years. Although tire patches can last a long time, a tire should never be patched more than once. It can negatively affect the speed rating and potentially cause blowouts.

But don't worry! As long as your repair was done the right way, there's no need to worry about driving on a plug and patched tire. That's why it's important to take your damaged tire to a shop you can trust to do quality work, like one of our Certified shops, to guarantee a proper repair that will last the life of your tires.

How much does a tire patch or plug cost?

On average this will run anywhere from $20 to $40 for quality work. This will include the steps we outlined above to ensure the tire is safe to drive on and lasts its original lifespan.

About the Author

Kimberlea Buczeke is an automotive expert at RepairPal, the leading online source of auto repair resources and estimates. With many ASE Master certified mechanics on staff who have decades of experience, RepairPal knows all the fine points of car repair.

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