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What’s with all the Noise about Noise Reduction Tires? What are they? Can they be repaired?

According to the Bloomberg 2018 Electric Vehicle Outlook (EVO), sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are increasing from a record 1.1 million worldwide in 2017, to 11 million in 2025 and then surging to 30 million in 2030 as they become cheaper to make than internal combustion engine (ICE) cars.

One important aspect of the EV ownership experience is the serene in car cabin experience. Without the loud exhaust of an internal combustion engine (ICE) road noise generated by the tires becomes more pronounced. Consequently, all major tire manufacturers have developed a new genre of tires dubbed “Noise Reduction Tires.” These tires were developed to enhance the quiet in car experience by adding a layer of sound “deadening” material attached to the tire’s inner liner resulting in a cabin noise reduction of between 3db to 9db.

With the proliferation of EVs such as Tesla, misinformation about the repairability of these noise reduction tires has infiltrated the marketplace through social media. One such Tesla owners enthusiast community video, which has over 7 million views, perpetuates the myth that these tires are un-repairable.

TECH, the global tire & wheel authority, which pioneered proper and permanent tire repair products and processes over 80 years ago, has developed a dedicated and documented repair process for these noise reduction tires.

Like any other tire, noise reduction tires can be repaired although there are additional steps, which require removal and replacement of the sound-absorbing material. TECH’s R&D Group along with our Global Tire Repair Technician Training Team have collaborated in the development of a repair process, which adheres to established proper industry guidelines for repair through such organizations as the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

Through TECH University tire technicians come from all over the world for classroom and hands on training including “Repair Manuals” that document the process. To learn more about TECH’s noise reduction tire repair process, training manual or available courses send an e-mail to [email protected].

TECH once again leads the way in developing products and processes for the next generation of tires. To learn more about TECH’s complete line of tire and wheel solutions visit techtirerepairs.com.