tire vulcanizing: the right way and the modern way

so i got a puncture yesterday. actually didn’t know about it until i was about to leave the office last night. reversing out of the parking lot, i thought i ran over a tree branch or a cat so i went out of the car and checked what it was all about. then i see this nice flat rear tire on the car and called A immediately to tell her what had happened.

not having done this in quite a while, i was surprised how i immediately knew what to do, like it was second nature to me. (thanks dad!) so i took out the tools, the jack, and immediately got down to business. in less than 15 minutes, i had the flat tire out, the spare tire in, and drove home immediately. i thought i’d have the puncture repaired tomorrow on my way to work. but having a spare tire that’s also been punctured and vulcanized doesn’t spark much confidence. but i made it home.

this morning, i had to look for a tire shop nearby. living in a crowded community, most of the shops are the old-fashioned vulcanizing shops that use a rubber patch to repair small holes. well, it’s what i was familiar with even growing up. i paid P250 for two punctures (apparently, there was another smaller puncture due to a small screw. good thing i have relatively new tires that have thicker tread) coz i really didn’t know how much a repair costs nowadays.

i checked online and found this on Yokohama’s blog:

Automatic tire changers take care of the bead (part of the tire which anchors on the rims) because even a small nick on the bead will leave space for air leakage. Also, some of these shops still practice hot patch “luto” which affects the internal construction of the tire. Only use cold patch for tire repair.

Car service centers offer tire repair for around P80 to P150 per hole only. Vulcanizing shops are not much cheaper.

so apparently, there isn’t too much of an advantage if you have it done professionally than a corner shop. and i think if safety is a concern, then all the more reason you should go to a service center. too bad our car just got serviced for 15,000 km. puwede sana isabay na lang.

the “luto” technique was used for the patch in my tires. they use heating pads now to melt and ‘cure’ the tire patch. but apparently, the cold patch is the modern way of repairing tires nowadays. too bad i knew this after the fact. i wonder if any of the street-corner vulcanizing shops are aware of this method? i hope they get up to speed with modern techniques.

here’s a video i found online that shows what could be the cold patch technique by Yokohama:


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