We are an authorized independent dealer for most major tire brands including high performance and run flat. See below for a detailed list. We are also equipped to perform all tire services, including mounting and balancing, rotating, wheel alignment and tire repairs.
If your tire has a leak from a puncture, it is very important have it repaired properly.
The first thing a technician will do, is determine if the puncture is within the repairable area of the tread. The puncture must be within this area or it cannot safely be repaired. If it is within this area, the technician can proceed with the repair process.
In some cases, the tire can’t be repaired. Below are some of the reasons why.
Puncture Outside Repair Area
As stated previously, if a puncture from a nail or other objects is outside of the puncture repair area, the tire can’t be repaired safely.
The repairs are limited to the middle, or “crown” area of the tire only. The crown is defined as the center of the tread, approximately 1 to 1.5 inches in from each shoulder. For most tires, the puncture repair area can also be defined by the first major groove on both shoulders.
Size of the Puncture
The maximum repairable injury size for passenger tires is 1/4 inch, or 6mm in diameter. If the puncture in your tire is larger than the allowable repair size, the tire must be taken out of service.
Bulge or Bubble in the Sidewall
If there is a noticeable bubble in the sidewall of the tire, it has been damaged most likely by impacting a curb, pothole, or other types of road hazards. The resulting bulge or “bubble” in the sidewall is not repairable, and unfortunately, the tire must be taken out of service.
We Want to Help You!
Tire condition and safety are one of the most important safeguards for your vehicle. If you have a flat tire, a low tire or a tire appears to be damaged, don’t hesitate. Schedule an appointment today with Totten Pond Automotive and let our ASE Certified Master Technicians diagnose the repair. And if we determine your tire cannot be repaired, know that we carry a large inventory of tires and can replace the damaged tire with one designed specifically for your vehicle. We are located at 511 Totten Pond Road, Waltham MA, across the bridge from Winter Street, just of Interstate 95 and Route 128, Exit 27A.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
TPMS is a wireless electronic tire pressure monitoring system that alerts the operator to low tire pressures.
Tire Inflation Pressure Monitor Systems (TPMS) are being used on more and more new vehicles. Low tires are potentially dangerous, especially if a vehicle is heavily loaded and traveling at highway speeds during hot weather. A low tire under these conditions could result in a blowout. The inflation pressure of the tires should be checked regularly, but many motorist do not check their tires. That is why Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems have come into use.
Tires are designed to operate within a certain pressure range. The recommended inflation pressure can usually be found in the vehicle owner’s manual and on a decal that may be located in the glove box or door jam. This pressure will give the best combination of ride comfort, load carrying capacity and rolling resistance.
Increasing the tire inflation pressure reduces rolling resistance and increases load carrying capacity of the tires. This can help with fuel economy but also increases ride harshness. The maximum inflation pressure (found on the sidewall of the tire) should never be exceeded because too much pressure may overstress the tire and increase the risk of tire failure.
Decreasing the inflation pressure can improve ride quality by making the tire softer. In certain circumstances this may even help improve traction a bit. But lowering the pressure also reduces the tire’s ability to carry weight and increases rolling resistance (which hurts fuel economy). A low tire also wears faster. Why? Because increased rolling resistance and excessive flexing in the tire scrubs away the tread. As the miles add up, so does the wear and eventually the treads wears to the point where the tire needs to be replaced.