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      12-15-2017, 05:17 PM   #1
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Tyre repair patch - have I been had?

My runflat recently got introduced to a nail, right in the middle of the flat part of the tyre - seemingly a straightforward repair scenario.

Visiting my local tyre place here in the UK, I was surprised to see them repair it in under five minutes without even taking the tyre off the rim. I was expecting them to have to remove the tyre from the rim and plug the repair from the inside - but it looks like they've applied a rather large patch on the outside which, at the very least, looks very unsightly.

It was only 8, so I figured I can at least drive elsewhere and get it properly fixed rather than argue with the proprietor, but should I be concerned about the job they've done or is this a "sensible" form of repair?
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      12-15-2017, 06:06 PM   #2
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Hmmmm, never seen an actual patch on a car tire, only on my bicycles as a kid. I have only ever seen them use a plug for a nail puncture, I wouldn't trust a straight patch.
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      12-15-2017, 11:48 PM   #3
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I'm not sure how a patch would work on the outside of a tire? It can't sit flat due to the tread. The proper way to repair a nail puncture in a tire is to remove it from the rim and patch from the inside. In the states there is what are referred to as "gas station plugs" which are a sticky, rubbery thread that gets shoved down through the hole and broken off inside to plug the hole. They work ok in an emergency but i would definitely take it to have it done properly from the inside.
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      12-16-2017, 01:48 PM   #4
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Plug on outside, patch on inside. Hopefully it lasts long enough to go to a real shop for a fix.
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