Nail or screw in tire, what to do?

July 22, 2022

Nail or screw in tire, now what?

If you discover a nail (or screw) in your car’s tire, it doesn’t necessarily mean a leak. Sometimes the nail is not deep enough, so no air has escaped. It is also possible that the nail did pierce the canvas, but the same culprit (partially) resealed the resulting hole and thus little to no air escaped.

Drive on or replace?

Driving on is possible, but in either case a visit to a tire specialist is recommended to have the nail removed and the tire professionally repaired. You can do it yourself with a repair kit, but it is advisable to enlist the help of a specialist. You don’t want a tire to stop functioning optimally at high speed in any way. A gag may seal the leak, but is actually a temporary emergency solution and not a permanent repair.