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Flat Tire Repair

A flat tire doesn’t automatically mean that a replacement is due. Depending on the size, location, and type of puncture, a tire can often be repaired to as good as new (or at least as good as it was before it went flat).

All passenger and light truck tires require regular maintenance to assure safe operation and maximum service lifetime. Tire repairs should only be completed by a qualified tire service professional. Improper repairs are dangerous and may cause a tire to fail. Yokohama endorses all service guidelines defined by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association. Visit or call 202-682-4800 for their service publications. Yokohama does not allow repair of injury to temporary spare tires and Yokohama ZPS runflat tires.

Warning: Vibration/Ride Disturbance

Many tire failures are preceded by vibrations, bumps, bulges, or irregular wear. If while driving your vehicle you experience any unusual vibration, pull, ride disturbance or noise, DO NOT continue to drive. Pull over as soon as possible and inspect your tires. A tire failure may lead to loss of control, which may create a risk of serious personal injury or death.

If the vehicle experiences a sudden vibration, ride disturbance or tire failure and/or there is a possibility the tires and/or vehicle have been damaged, gradually reduce speed. DO NOT ABRUPTLY BRAKE OR TURN. Drive with caution until you can safely pull off the road. Stop and inspect the tire. If the tire is underinflated or damaged, deflate and replace it with a good spare tire. If a cause cannot be detected, the vehicle should be towed to the nearest vehicle or tire dealer for an inspection.

Temporary Spare

  • The Yokohama high pressure spare tire is designed for temporary use only.
  • Speed must not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) for non-speed-rated temporary spare tires.
  • Check the tire’s cold inflation pressure monthly and maintain at 60 psi (4.2 kg/cm2) even when not in use. Do not inflate over 60 psi.
  • A tread life of up to 3,000 miles (4,800 km) can be expected depending on road conditions and your driving habits. To conserve tire tread life, the spare should be returned to the trunk as soon as the standard tire can be repaired or replaced.
  • Because the Yokohama high pressure spare tire was specifically designed for your car, it should not be used on any other vehicle.
  • Do not use snow chains on your Yokohama high pressure spare. This could cause damage to your vehicle.
  • When the tread wear indicator appears on the tire, replace it only with the same type spare tire. 
  • The Yokohama high pressure spare tire should not be used with any other rim nor should standard tires, wheel covers, or trim rings be used on the Yokohama high pressure spare tire rim on which the Yokohama high pressure spare tire was originally installed.

ZPS (Zero Pressure System) Runflat Tires

Yokohama ZPS runflat tires include special technology to allow the tire to operate at reduced speeds and distances with zero inflation pressure when your vehicle is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). When the TPMS alerts the driver that a tire has lost air pressure, Yokohama recommends the slowest safe speed and the shortest distance to a service facility. In no case should the driver exceed 50 mph or 50 miles. Yokohama ZPS runflat tires are not to be repaired following a puncture or other tire disablement. Never mix ZPS runflat tires with tires that do not have runflat technology. Never mix runflat tires of different brands or technology.