Tyre repair 


Tire repair kit: what you need to know

It's raining outside, you're already late and there's traffic! . The worst imaginable: POP! You are down! Your tire is flat. You stop to inspect the tires and there you have it… the highlight. “No problem, I have a spare tire!” you say to yourself. However, when you reach the chest, there is no reserve. In its place is a small device with a gauge and a power plug! This is the tire repair kit.

Car manufacturers have not stopped equipping many cars with a spare tire. More and more cars now have a tire repair kit instead of a spare tire. Why? Because the car tire repair kit saves you fuel, space and it can also be dangerous to change tires on the side of the road, but in unexpected times it is much easier to use the repair kit than using a spare tire.

What is a tire repair kit?

Many manufacturers prefer tire repair kits to spares because they take up very little space.

A tire repair kit, also known as an inflator or mobility kit, takes up as little space as possible in the trunk because no spare tire is used. Instead, you get a kit that includes an air compressor with a hose and an integrated bottle of thick, sticky sealant.

Repair kits are a good alternative for people who may not have the muscle to change flats. It takes some physical ability to loosen the lug nuts, remove the flat tire and put on the spare tire.

The repair kit has some drawbacks, however. The kit can only be used if the puncture is on the tread of the tire and does not exceed 4 millimeters, or about the size of an eraser. If the perforation is on the side wall or is larger than 4mm, you cannot use the kit. Finally, you cannot use the kit if the tire is separated from the wheel. In these cases, you should contact roadside assistance and have the vehicle towed to the nearest tire shop or dealer.

A car tire repair kit, what does it consist of?

  • Self-sealing tape
  • Vulcanizer
  • A tool that will increase the size of small and small holes
  • A tool used to push the plugging tape into the punch hole

How to use a tire repair kit

A tire repair kit is one of the most valuable emergency items you can carry in your car. Consider it just as important as having a spare tire available at all times. Even the biggest, newest and toughest tires fail or puncture. But how do you use a tire repair kit safely? Follow these steps:

Step 1: Buy a gauge and pliers

Go to the auto parts store and buy a pressure gauge. This gauge should measure between 0 and 50 psi. Pick up and buy a pair of pliers. They come in handy when removing the nail or rock from your tire to fully expose the hole.

Step 2: Purchase an additional branch strip

Rather than using Fix-a-Flat or a liquid that pushes soft material into the tire, use a patch tape. Purchase additional connector strips at the auto parts store. The plugging tape can be used on any type of flat tire or puncture hole.

Step 3: Delete object

Remove the object responsible for the puncture or hole in your tire. It can be a nail, a screw, a stone or any other type of debris left on the road. Throw the item in the trash. (Note: You may need to use pliers to remove a hard-to-remove or very tight object from the tire.)

Step 4: Apply rubber cement

Using the patch kit probe, cover the tip with rubber cement (two to three drops will do). Insert the probe into the tire hole. Rotate the probe from one side of the hole to the other. Slide the probe in and out of the hole. This will apply the rubber cement and clean the puncture in the tire.