There are things that happen to us without any rhyme or reason. A punctured tyre on a bad day is one such example. Apart from running on correct tyre pressure, there’s little you can do to prevent a flat tyre, you can always be ready with a spare tyre and a puncture repair kit in case you are let down on any day by a flat tyre.
Things you will need: Puncture repair kit that includes vulcanizing solution, rasp tool, split-eye insertion needle tool and rubber wicks, a plier, blade and an electric air pump.
Precautions: The method is only applicable for tubeless tyres. The same procedure cannot be used to repair a tyre that uses a tube as an inflation medium.
1. Park your car and try to find out the piece of nail or metal that has pierced through the tyre and causing the air to leak.
2. It’s not always needed, but in case you are having trouble finding out the piece that has punctured the tyre, it might be better to remove the wheel. It’s absolutely necessary that you take precautions while removing the flat tyre. Instructions – How to remove a flat tyre?
3. Remove the piece of nail or metal carefully with a plier. This would cause the air to leak more quickly, but you don’t need to worry about this since you can pump in air afterwards with the pump.
4. Prepare the split eye insertion needle tool by inserting the rubber wick in it. Let the wick stick out equally with the insertion needle in the middle.
5. Insert the rasp tool into the hole with screwing action until it is fully in. This would enlarge it slightly and would help prepare the surface for sticking the rubber piece.
6. Use the vulcanizing solution and apply it all around on the prepared rubber wick before inserting it into the enlarged hole.
7. Insert the split-eye insertion needle into the hole such that only about 1/3rd of the rubber wick sticks out and the rest goes in.
8. Remove the split-eye needle, it will cause the rubber wick to stay in the hole inside the tyre and seal it. The remaining portion will stay out as you remove the needle.
9. Cut the extra portion of the rubber wick that’s sticking out of the hole as closely as you can.
10. Inflate the tyre to the correct pressure using electric air pump.
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