Anyone had tyres repaired using the hot vulcanising method?

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by talleres, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. talleres

    talleres Active Member

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    As title.

    Curious to know as I learned most places do the cold vulcanising method, which limits the options for repairing punctures away from the centre tread.

    But fitters send discarded tyres away to a place or two where hot vulcanising is used to fully repair and bake the tyre so that it's properties are as good as new, with the speed and load ratings intact (depends on tyre and size of puncture, of course). These are then re-sold.

    I'm considering doing this in future as punctures on shoulders can apparently be repaired legally and to the required British Standard - for £20-£25 a time!

    Why would I do this? Because I've had shoulder punctures three times in less than three years. But never a puncture in 20+ years of Dutch, Belgian, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swiss driving!

    Has anyone on here used the method, and if so, can they comment please? Thanks.
     
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    in the early 70s cold repair of tyres was made illegal and all repairs needed hot vulcanising, it was nasty time-consuming and unpleasant but could repair the full tyre pattern width.

    I spent many a holiday job doing it and don't miss it a bit.

    Cold methods were then improved greatly and eventually re-allowed, now they are the norm.

    hot repairs are simply the best and most reliable
     
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    It's not allowed any more...I think.
     
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    talleres Active Member

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    Thanks, Malcolmsmill. :thumb:

    Renault12ts, you're misinformed. I know of two companies (South and North West) that specialise in this. Legally.

    Back to my original question, does anyone one here use this method for their cars/other vehicles, and if so, any recommendations?
     
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    Yep, one of THOSE !!!
    Maybe a place that regrooves truck tyres is worth investigating ...
     
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    Ah, this was the post I lost forum connection on when replying to this.

    I had one done due to a screw in the shoulder of the tyre. ATS sent the tyre off.
     
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    as you say, it can be done and is best sent away.

    when we used to do it in small garages, it was because tyre specialists were rare and customers expected every small garage to fix tyres on the spot.

    As I said it was horrible, dirty, smelly work that took a lot of preparation and being "cooked" for over 4 hours.

    It did work however, previously most repairs were made with a lacing tool (as used on rugby and "proper" footballs) and soft rubber "laces" that melted into the tyre as you drove and blew out if driven at high (130mph+) speed .......... those were the days before barbara castle introduced speed limits (london to the lakes in 2hrs)
     
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    Thanks to you both.

    There's a place in Hants called TS Tyres that apparently do them, and I learnt ATS can/will send the tyre away to TS Tyres and you wait about a week (or you could drop them off yourself and wait up to two hours!). Someone mentioned the use of an autoclave in the process.

    The point about speed is very valuable. I'll be using the process and will update this thread when I have more info.
     

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