A blown tire can be a frustrating experience, particularly if you’re far from home. Here are a few tips for repairing your car tire and getting back on the road. Find out how to repair a tire and when you should stop by a qualified mechanic for a new tire.
After you’re at a safe spot to exit your vehicle, inspect your wheel. To repair it, you’ll need to remove your wheel from your car and the rubber from your rim. It’s a good idea to store these tools in your car or to use a spare tire to get back to your home auto shop. As long as the damage isn’t too severe, you should be able to use a tire patch kit.
Preparing your tire for a patch requires a few tools. Pick up these to prepare for an unexpected flat tire:
Use pliers to remove any debris leftover in the puncture. Often, a shard of metal or nail is what caused the flat and is still lodged in the tire.
As long as the hole isn’t too large for your patch, it’s time to buffer the inside of the wheel using your buffering solution and buffer tool. Prepare the patch following the patch kit instructions and seal it with tire chemical care.
Next, you may need to cut off the excess patch with cutters. Use the retread tool to roll the patch smooth and create treat lines. You can roll the tool in any direction, as long as the patch is fully rolled on.
Inflate your tire to see if the patch holds. Because of the nature of a tire patch, you may need to look for a new tire in the near future. Patches are meant to be a short-term solution, so you could experience an air leak over time in your patched wheel.
Driving on a patched tire is a temporary solution. At Lawrence Automotive Diagnostics, we offer quality tire inspection, repair, and replacement services to keep you safe. Schedule a service today for comprehensive auto care and tire repair services in Lawrence, Kansas.