Flat tires can result in big problem, and most pneumatic tires of the vehicles are tubeless tires. These tires do not use an internal tube to keep air in. They actually hold the air inside the tire and an airtight steel body. The tire is perfectly sealed with the help of a sealant before inflating the tire. Tubeless tires usually use a combination of rubber nylon cords and rubber encasing steel. This helps in creating strong, yet elastic cushions for the vehicle. The rubber is vulcanized and capable of creating a solid blockade to hazards related to road. This also protects it from certain types of sharp objects, including rocks and nails. If you do happen to puncture your tire, you can use a plug-patch grouping or easily repair the tire with tools in a repair kit. Follow the simple steps below to repair a flat tubeless tire in an emergency situation.
Step 1 - Raise the Tire
You need to first raise the tire off the ground by placing a jack under the axle. Raise the vehicle until the tire has absolutely no contact with the ground. You need to employ the emergency brake to ensure safety.
Step 2 - Remove Obstructions
If pins, screws, glass pieces or any other sharp objects have penetrated into the tire of your vehicle, remove them. You must remove all kinds of obstructions using pliers.
Step 3 - Clean the Hole
Find the probe that is included with the repair kit, and insert it into the hole. You need to pull the probe both in and out a couple of times to properly clean the hole.
Immerse probe into the adhesive that comes along with the kit. Now, reinsert the probe into the hole.
Step 4 - Attach the Plug to the Hook
Next, attach a plug to the hook with closed-eye that is available in the kit. Dip the plug in adhesive. You must push the plug all the way through the hole. Pull the plug out halfway, and use wire cutters to snip it ¼-inch from the tire surface.
Step 5 - Pump Air
The last step includes pumping air into the tire until it reaches to the pressure recommended by the factory. You must check the plug for any leaks. The entire process needs to be repeated with 2 plugs, if a leak is found. Once you are finished with the task, carefully lower the vehicle and remove the jack so the car rests on the tires.
Tips and Warnings
- When the tire of your vehicle has a plugged hole in the sidewall, drive at low speeds.
- The plugs can be applied on the sidewall holes, but the internal cords might be damaged. For this reason, it is advised to replace the tire as soon as possible.