Can My Run-Flat Tire Be Repaired?

It cascrew in tire treadn be quite a surprise to owners of vehicles equipped with run-flat tires that many shops will not repair a seemingly innocuous puncture. Tires are the only thing touching the ground on your vehicle, so they are integral to safety. As such, sometimes situations that seem manageable, can become quite complex and even frustrating for the consumer.

There's conflict in the guidance offered by some vehicle manufacturers and tire manufacturers in relation to repairing run-flats. For example, BMW explicitly states in their owner's manual that repairing a tire isn't an option. However, one of the larger builders of run-flat tires, Bridgestone, does have a standardized inspection and repair process for their run-flat tires.  

Which is correct? The tire manufacturers defer to the vehicle manufacturers. So in the case of run-flats on a BMW, repair isn't an option. The bottom line is you'll have to check your vehicle's owner's manual or with your vehicle manufacturer.  

If your tire can't be repaired, tire shaving may be of interest to you to match the remaining tire's tread depths, especially on all-wheel drive vehicles. For additional information on tire shaving, read my previous post "Replacing Less than Four Tires on an AWD Vehicle." 

Of course, this can also be an opportunity to start exploring a move to a non-run-flat solution. You can shop by vehicle to find all options suitable for your car.

Comments

Sunday, April 28, 2013 by GREG

I would like to know if run flat tires come in other brands? is so what other brands are available besides bridgestone? thanks
Monday, April 29, 2013 by Hunter

Hi,
Other companies do offer run flats, Michelin, Pirelli, Continental to name a few. To see what is available in your size, just go to our website.
Friday, March 6, 2015 by Stephanie

I have a BMW 1 series with one flat Bridgestone run-flat tire. I am getting a new one put on by the BMW dealer. If I tell them I want the bad tire back, can I take it to a place that can repair run-flats so I have one ready for next time?
Friday, March 6, 2015 by hunter

Hi Stephanie,
AS mentioned in the article, BMW states run flats on their cars cannot be repaired. Sorry.
Saturday, July 4, 2015 by Alex Padilla

I own a 2011 BMW 335is. Looks like it will be time to replace my rear tires within the next few months. However, I am thinking to go regular tires this time (my first choice is the Michellin Pilot Super Sport that I am also running on my two other vehicles). My question: Would I be able to use the Continental or BMW mobility kits w/o damaging the tire pressure sensing system? Thank you for the info.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by hunter

Hi Alex,
Understanding this is answering a question you didn't ask, You should not mix tires on your car. I would set your expectation that if you have to use the sealant with the Continental kit, the sensor will likely have to be replaced.

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