Everyone has the misfortune of having to deal with a punctured wheel. What’s worse is that sometimes the driver might not have a spare to change it and get it repaired at the nearest car service company. Here is how to repair a punctured tyre.
- Enable the handbrake to avoid the opposite tyre spinning uncontrollably.
- Keep in mind that you need to have a plugging kit to sort this problem out and you won’t need to remove the tyre unless you cannot reach the puncture. Some may find that it’s easier to remove the tyre. If you are in a rush to go somewhere then keep the tyre attached to the car.
- The most important part about repairing punctures is finding the actual hole. This might be the process that will take the longest. You might also have to remove what has been lodged within the rubber before doing anything else.
- Make sure that you clean the area which has been punctured to avoid any foreign objects entering the inside of the tyre.
- You need to add lubricant to the puncture using an insertion tool before treading the plugging cord through the puncture.
- The plugging cord needs to be hanging out of the tyre and cut after the insertion tool has been removed.
- Inflate your tyre to the correct pressure using a pressure gauge. This will make it easier for you to make sure that there are no leakages or escaping air.
- It’s important to check the tyre for any leaks as you can never be too sure that you have more than one puncture. The last thing you want is to have to deal with the same process again.
- Once this is done you need to ensure that you drive slowly as the plug may not hold as well as a professional fix.
A puncture in the side wall is irreparable as the pressure that will be applied after you continue driving will break it once again. If this does happen you need to have a spare tyre in your car or you will have to call the towing service to get a replacement.
It’s important to know these skills as situations arise unexpectedly. You also need to always have the correct tools on hand for any conditions that come about. If you are uncertain about the mechanics of your car you need to have the user manual in reach at all times.
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