Tyre punctures can be easy to come by – they are caused by a number of things, such as driving over a pothole or hitting a kerb. Tyres can also be punctured by sharp objects such as nails, stones or glass. Objects such as these can make a small hole in the tyre which can then lead to a slow puncture.

The good news, however, is that about half of all flat tyres caused by a puncture can be repaired, avoiding the need for a replacement tyre!

Here at Formula One Autocentres, we offer a car tyre puncture repair service at all of our centres. We carry out certain mandatory checks before repairing any tyre to ensure that the tyre is suitable to be safely repaired.

All tyres will be removed from the wheel and fully inspected to ensure that they all comply with the British Standards. Any tyre repairs required are then carried out by our fully qualified technicians.


All tyre repairs are governed by strict rules imposed by the British Standard (BSAU 159). These regulations highlight how and when a tyre can be repaired. All repairs carried out must comply with these standards.

Types of tyre damage

Tyres subject to the following kinds of damage will, however, be deemed irreparable:

  • Rubber or tread separations
  • Deterioration of the tyre caused by grease or corrosive fluid
  • Marking of the interior rubber as a result of overheating due to under inflation
  • Visible or deformed bead wire
  • Damage larger than regulations allow
  • Illegal tread depth (below 1.6mm)
  • Exposed cords
  • Faulty repairs completed prior to the puncture

Tyre Puncture Location

In compliance with BSAU159, we are unable to perform car tyre puncture repair if the damage is outside the central ¾ of the tyre – this area is known as the minor repair area. The outer ¼ is known as a major repair area. A puncture within the major repair area cannot be repaired in a safe and lasting manner and therefore is forbidden by the British Standard BSAU159.

Slow Puncture Repair

Slow punctures are very common but are sometimes hard to spot. A slow puncture is a small hole on your cars tyre that lets air escape slowly, causing your tyres to gradually deflate over time. Unlike an ordinary puncture where the tyre deflates quick and you can often hear a hissing noise, a slow puncture might take weeks to show deflation. Slow puncture repair can often be performed by Formula One Autocentre from just £22.

Run-flat Tyres

Unfortunately, due to the nature of run-flat tyres, in most cases we are unable to repair them. When a run-flat tyre is punctured, you can continue driving on it for a specific period of time (typically around 50 miles at a maximum speed of 50mph) due to reinforced sidewalls. Unfortunately, these walls make it near impossible to tell if the structure of the tyre wall has been compromised.


Our puncture repair service is competitively priced at only £22.00 per tyre – and this car tyre puncture repair cost includes both the valve and standard balance. If your tyres are deemed irreparable, our technicians will help you decide on a new tyre, and then fit it for you.

If you wish to find out more about our tyre repair service, get in touch with us now, or call in to your nearest Formula One Autocentre.

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