Does Walmart Plug/Patch Tires? (Is It Free?)


Does Walmart Plug/Patch Tires?

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If you have a tire that is losing air you will definitely want to get it fixed as soon as possible as there is nothing more annoying then having a flat tire at the wrong time. 

Rather than replacing a tire that is losing air you can get it plugged/fixed (assuming the hole isn’t in the sidewall or close to it) but does the Walmart Auto Center plug/repair tires? 

Walmart does repair/fix tires with holes in them but there is often a long wait to do so as tire repairs are simply put in line behind all of the other work they are doing. You can often get tire repairs done faster at a designated tire shop. 

One thing to consider when getting your tire repaired at Walmart is how long you will have to wait. Typically the Walmart Auto Center (Tire & Lube) will be pretty busy so you might have to wait multiple hours to get your tire repaired while a business that exclusively handles tires will often be considerably faster. 

Of course paying someone to repair your tire isn’t the only option. You can easily plug your tire yourself with a simple kit and save money as well as time! 

I personally use this method as it also allows me to extend the life of my tire as most places won’t patch a tire if the tread is too low or if they feel that the nail (or other item) that is in the tire is in an odd spot or too close to the sidewall. 

With your own tire repair kit you don’t have to worry about that. Repairing your own tire isn’t for everyone but it is a good option for a lot of people. 

The best tire repair kit on the market can be found by clicking here. 

Is Walmart Tire Repair Free? 

I mentioned earlier that Walmart does do tire repair at their Auto Center but of course knowing how much it costs (or whether it is free) is important to know.

Walmart typically charges between $10 and $15 to repair a flat tire. This can vary depending on your location and also the Walmart management. 

There are multiple tire shops that will repair tires for free however they will sometimes be super picky on which tires they will repair and of course if your tires aren’t new they will try to push you to replace the tires rather than just patching them. 

Having a tire repaired for free is obviously ideal as it saves you money but if you don’t have any tire shops in your local area that offer tire repairs for free then Walmart is a good option and it won’t break the bank. 

Personally I would rather repair it myself (as mentioned above) or go to a dedicated tire shop (because they are faster). However, many places only have a Walmart close by and might not have any other option. 

If that is the case with you then paying the small fee for a repair certainly beats the higher cost of replacing the tire. 

Does Walmart Sell A Tire Plug Kit? 

If you have decided that you want to repair your flat tire yourself but don’t want to wait for the repair set (linked above) to arrive then buying one from your local Walmart might be a thought that has crossed your mind. 

But do they sell tire plug kits at Walmart? 

Although what every Walmart carries can vary most Walmarts will carry a few different tire plug kits that you can use to fix your flat tire.

When purchasing a tire repair kit online you will often have a lot more choices and can even get kits with all the possible tools needed to remove nails, screws, etc. but when buying one at Walmart you can repair your tire immediately rather than waiting a few days for it to arrive. 

Tire repair kits can be purchased at most major retailers as well as at most car parts stores (such as Autozone, O’reillys, Napa, etc. If you go to a dedicated car parts store you will often get a better variety of tire repair kits than you will find at Walmart so if you like to have more options then going to one of those places will work better. 

How Long Will A Tire Plug Last?

Whether you get your tire plugged at Walmart, a tire shop, or do it yourself once the tire has been plugging the question that most people ask is how long the plug will last. 

After all there is no point in spending money on getting your tire plugged if it will only last a couple of weeks or months. 

Tire plugs should actually last for the life of the tire as long as they are done right and they get a proper seal. However, if you seal a tire that is starting to bald the tire plug will often not adhere properly which means the plug won’t last as long. 

I have personally repaired/plugged tires multiple times on my vehicles and have only once had a plug give out on me. That was because my tires needed to be replaced and so the plug that I put in didn’t have hardly any tread to adhere to which in turn caused it to not hold well. 

That is why shops won’t do a repair if the hole is near the sidewall or if they feel like the tread on the tire isn’t enough. 

Besides that one time I have never had a single problem with one of my tire plugs coming out and they have held up and lasted just as long as my tires have. 

These are tire repairs that I did myself as well (using this tire repair kit) so I paid very little to repair the tire and could do it right in my own driveway as well. 

Any tire plug that is done by yourself or any shop (Walmart or others) should last you multiple years (or the life of the tire) as long as it’s done right (and doing it right yourself is incredibly simple too). 

So you don’t have to feel like a tire plug is a temporary measure until you can get the tire replaced. Tire plugs can absolutely be used for multiple years without any issues at all (again as long as installed properly and as long as the tire isn’t almost bald). 

Matthew Robbs

I have been working on cars since I was a kid and I love taking a vehicle that isn't working and bringing it back to life. I have owned quite a few cars over the years and looking for information about different vehicles is still hard online so that is why I started this website.

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