Have you ever been stuck somewhere with a flat tire? You walk out to drive your car and one of the tires is toast. It’s even worse when you’re driving and your tire suddenly goes flat. Unfortunately, flat tires are a part of owning a car. Tires are made super durable, but if you run over a nail, you’re most likely going to get a flat.
That’s why it’s a good to know how to fix a flat. At some point, almost everyone will have to fix a flat – especially if they don’t have a spare tire – at least once in their lifetime. So here’s what you need to know if you end up with a flat tire.
Using a Tire Plug Kit
The first thing you’re going to need is a tire plug kit. Once you have this you’re ready to fix your flat.
1. Find the Leak - The next step is to locate the leak. This is often very easy if the nail or other object that caused the leak is still stuck in the tire. If you can’t find anything stuck in your tire, the next step is to re-inflate it and then listen for a hissing sound. If you don’t hear a hissing sound the next step is to look for bubbles. To do this, you get some soapy water and spray or brush it on the tire. There should be bubbles where the leak is located. Remember to mark the spot so you don’t have to repeat all these steps a second time.
2. Remove the Tire - Now you need to loosen the lug nuts and then lift your car with a jack. After you lift the car, unscrew the nuts completely and remove the tire.
3. Prepare the Hole - Clean the area around the leak and then it’s time to insert the rasp tool that comes with your repair kit. You push it in and pull it out a few times to prepare the insertion point.
4. Insert the Plug - When you finish that step it’s time for the plug. Thread the plug at the middle of the insertion tool and then push it into the hole. Using glue or rubber cement to lubricate the plug helps it slide it in with ease. It also helps seal the hole. Then leave the plug alone for at least a minute to allow it to dry and seal. After that, trim the part of the plug that sticks out past the tire surface.
5. Reinstall the Tire - Now you’re ready to reinstall the tire. First, re-inflate it and then place it back on the wheel mount. Tighten the lug nuts but not all the way. Lower your vehicle and remove the jack. Then finish tightening the nuts.
And that’s how you fix a flat tire. This is an important task that everyone should know how to do. But remember, plugging a hole with a tire plug kit shouldn’t be considered a permanent solution. To be safe, it’s best to take your vehicle to an auto repair shop to patch the tire professionally. Or, you should purchase a new tire before driving on the old one another 20,000 miles.
We’re Your Vancouver Tire Experts
If you need help with a flat tire, you can trust Hoesly. We’ll repair your flat tire if it can be repaired. And if you need some new rubber, we’ll find the right fit for you. At Hoesly Eco Automotive, we offer reliable, trusted auto care to every customer. We don’t cut corners. We don’t try to sell you repairs you don’t need, and we always put the customer first. So come to Hoesly Eco Automotive for honest, expert auto repair and maintenance without the hassle. We’ll repair your vehicle and get you safely back on the road. Please call us today at 360-695-5871, or click here to schedule your appointment online. We service most makes and models. We are your trusted Vancouver auto repair specialists.
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