I'm sure all of us can relate when this question is asked, have you ever had a flat tire? (Nod head now)
In this post we wanted to cover the simple differences in a tire plug and a plug patch.
A tire plug is simply a plug put in the hole of the tire. There are several different types of material used but they all do the same thing, plug the tire.
On the right you see some of the common kits that you can purchase at just about any bigger retail store in the automotive section.
With tire plugs the tire can be left on the vehicle and plugged.
Does not keep the manufacturers warranty of the tire.
Tire Patch Plug
Tire patch plugs are the plug as well as a patch. The tire has to be dismounted from the rim and the tire has to be prepped for the patch plug. The patch plug is installed from the inside of the tire and pulled through.
Keeps the manufacturers warranty of the tire.
Takes longer due to tire needing to be dismounted.
From what we have seen is if it is a small puncture and you aren't worried about keeping the manufacturers warranty on the tire then go for a plug. If you have nicer tires or have a larger hole go with a patch. All around though a patch is what we would recommend because it is a more sure repair.
Here are a few things that have been going on around Trubey Auto Repair.