What Is Tire Slash? How To Prevent And Fix It

Tire sidewalls or tire treads can get a slash for many possible reasons. The slash is a kind of cut or swing that tear the rubber to blow the air out of the tire. Depending on the volume of the slash, the tire sometimes is repairable and sometimes not. 

Slashing somebody’s tire is a crime and for that, a culprit can get a heavy fine or imprisonment. There are several cases found where some gangs or individuals slash tires for no possible reason. Somebody’s fun can cause you a very big amount of loss, even if the tires are not that expensive, because if you are unaware of that, it will cause a great danger to you on road. 

That is why it is very important for you to read this article if you want to protect yourself from these incidents. Even if you have been in a slush tire situation, by reading till the end you can find possible ways to fix your damaged tire and get back to the road at the same pace. 

Causes of a slashed tire

There are several reasons that could put mark or damage your tires and deflate them. Although you can not avoid all of them but with precaution and good care you can minimize the danger to fully utilize the life of your tries.

Nails or Punctured

On the road or off-road, sharp materials like rock, nails, and glass can be found at any time. Whenever tire makes a contact with these materials, they can either damage the tread area, which is easily repairable. However if they damaged the sidewalls and make a big slush, then it is very hard and even riskier to repair and drive on the road. 

Deliberate Tear

You are sitting peacefully in your house and suddenly you heard a blow of a tire, that’s when you should know that your neighbor’s kid or someone else slashed your tire with a knife or some other materials. If the person is actually professional in these crimes, then he will most certainly run away, however, if this would be done by some immature kid, then chances are they might hurt themselves and get caught very easily. 

Tire life

The weakened tire sidewalls can also give a slash to your tires. And this is very threatening because it happened most of the time between rides. So make sure you have a tread life and tire health remaining before taking them onto roads to safeguard yourself and others. 

Misalignment

Tire alignment is a very important thing that every person should learn about. Because an unaligned tire is very dangerous even if you are going at a slow pace. The misaligned tire has more chance of damage and causes a slash on the sidewalls or tread. 

Max. capacity or speed

Every tire has a speed limit and load limits with them. So if a person crosses a speed or weight limit, then chances are the tire could get damaged even without driving in potholes. Every piece of information is available on the tire’s website regarding its specs, so make sure you read all of that before buying new tires. 

Precautions to avoid slashing a tire

The tire slash is a very sudden and sometimes unpredictable accident that could happen to anyone. However, you can avoid it or minimize its effect with the right care and precautions to safely enjoy your rides.

Tire Rotation

Tire rotation is the most common and beneficial tire care procedure that improves your tire’s life. It is when you rotate your rear wheel tires with the front wheel tire or vice versa. This step provenly improves tire life by wearing off evenly all of the tires. So make sure you rotate your tires biannually to exceed your tire’s life and avoid damage. 

Tire Checkups

Whenever you do a tire rotation with that also do a tire checkup. This will tell you how much of life tire has left and if there is any puncture that is not repairable. With that, all the misalignments and other problems with your tires will come clean to you, which will save you from any big damage. 

Avoid driving on damaged roads

Whenever you can take a different and proper route, just avoid driving on damaged roads with sharp rocks or other damaging materials. By giving some extra time of changing routes you can avoid slashes and different sorts of damage to your car which will be beneficial for you in the long run. 

Sirens

Installing good sirens with a far range can protect your tires from tire slashers. Whenever the person came near your tire and if the siren starts ringing, chances are, they will run away from your car and you can protect your tires as many times as possible. 

Park In a Public place or near CCTV

Parking your car in a quiet place with no people around always has a greater chance of something bad happening to it. If it is not your parking spot at home, then try to park your car in a public place, if not then find a place near CCTV to catch a culprit in case anything happened to your car. 

Methods to repair a slashed tire

When a tire is slashed, most of the time it is not possible to repair it. However, if the damage is not as severe, you can repair it and take it back on road. However, if you feel like the tire is not giving you the same vibe, then replace it and save yourself from bigger expenses. 

Tire plugs or Patch

You can repair a slash similar to a repair of a puncture with plugs or patches. By contacting a professional, you or someone trained can fix your slashed tires with a plug or patch, which is a safe and proper way to deal with damaged tires. Just make sure the hole is not too big that patches can not hold it. 

Tire Sealants

Fix-a-flat or some other sealant can also come in handy when dealing with slashed tires. However, they are useful just for a short period if you have a blowout in the middle of nowhere. With the help of sealant, you can take your car to the mechanic and fix it properly.

Vulcanizing fluids

Vulcanizing fluids can also repair a slashed tire with the help of tire plugs and proper procedure. These fluids require more technicality to apply and require tire buzzing tools which is not quickly understandable by the common people. That is why it is better you leave it to the professional to apply fluids on your tires. 

Changing a tube

If you have a tube tire or bicycle tire, you can replace a tire tube if the cut is not that wide. Changing a tube will stop the air deflation and you will be able to drive your vehicle on the road. 

Replace a tire

If nothing works for you, then the last option is to replace your tires. If you have insurance then replace them in the first place, and if not then try getting reimbursement from your retailers. whatever the return is just get it and replace the tire to keep yourself away from any incoming danger on the road. Keep in mind that money is not as important as your life is. 

Conclusion

Safety is the most important thing, you should keep that in mind when doubting to change your tires. With proper care and precautions, you can avoid tire slashes. However, if in any case your tire gets damaged, check it with a specialist, and if nothing can happen in a proper manner then replace your tires as soon as possible to minimize the possibility of accidents on the road.

About the author

Hadie Erfan

Hadie has been working as a tire professional in the automobile industry for over 5+ years. His experience helps him identify the right tire and how it will perform with different vehicles. when he is not working he likes to drive sports cars on tracks to feel the fresh blow of air after stressful nights of work.

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