Identifying A Flat Tire
If your steering begins to wobble or you hear a loud thumping sound that clashes with your wheel’s rotation, you may have a flat tire. At lowers speeds, you will most likely hear the thump before feeling it.
In both cases, find a safe location to pull over and avoid further damage to the vehicle or the tire.
Space savers or spares can only get you through short distances at low speeds. You need to avoid using a space saver on a trail or dirt road if possible.
How To Fix A Flat Tire
Before starting with the method, here are the tools you will need:
- A tire repair kit having items such as rope plugs, spare valve cores and needle-nose pliers
- A compressor to reinflate your tire after fixing the puncture
- A can of fix-a-flat which takes care of small punctures without removing the wheel
- A quality tire-pressure gauge comes in handy to check the pressure of tires every month.
Step 1- Find The Cause
After pulling over, hop out of the car and find the flat tire. You can use a nail or screw to check the tire.
If you cannot find the source of puncture, don’t have fix-a-flat with you, or can’t identify an exposed hole, you need to take the wheel off.
Removing the Wheel
Remove your spare and place it under the frame of your vehicle. Set it at the forepart of the front tire or behind the rear tire. Then, loosen the lug nuts before raising the vehicle. You can follow the instructions in your owner’s manual to navigate and use the jack. Finish removing the lug nuts once the wheel is off the ground. Pull the wheel out towards your body.
Mounting your Spare
If there is a hole in your tread, mount your spare and have the tire replaced, especially if the fix is in your sidewall. If you cannot take care of the hole in the tire’s tread, roll the tire to the back of the vehicle. Look for holes and foreign objects as you move the tire. If the hole is small and no longer leaking air, it is good to mark the hole for easy reference.
Step 2- Largen The Hole
If the foreign object in your tire releases the air through the hole, you should remove it. For this, you can use a screw gun and needle-nose pliers.
If the hole in the tire is tiny, use a reamer to enlarge the hole to install the reaming tool. Then, push it inside the hole up to the handle, and yank it out. You can also start screwing it into the tread by applying downward pressure. You need to keep doing this until the hole becomes large enough.
Step 3- Install The Plug
Install the plug by removing a rope plug. Take the protruding edge of the plug and pull it through the eyelet. You can then place the tooltip down on top of the tire’s hole and then yank the tool out of the hole quickly. Remember, the rope plug needs to remain inside the tire.
One plug is enough for a small puncture. If you need to install multiple plugs, you need to take your tire to a professional mechanic shop for safety. Finally, reinstall the wheel by using an air compressor to inflate the tire to the appropriate pressure. Then, reverse the tire removal steps as stated above.
You can also use the lug wrench to ensure all lug nuts are tightly secured.
You don’t need tow trucks or wait for hours for help to arrive. Instead, just a few minutes of work can fix your flat tire quickly. If you do need help fixing your tire, bring it to our workshop today and we’ll assist.