Tips for Using a Truck Tire Repair Kit

August 22, 2018 4:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

While it’s always a good idea to seek professional assistance when you’re in need of truck tire repair in Wytheville, VA, sometimes you’re not always able to get to a professional, especially if you’re out on a job and you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have a truck tire repair kit handy, and to know how to use it.

Most truck tire repair kits contain a sealant, tire plugs, a puncture probe, a plug holder, a car jack, a tire inflator and simple tools like pliers and a knife or scissors. Here are some instructions for using this kit to be able to get your tire patched up so you can at least get to your destination or to a qualified truck tire repair specialist:

  • Find where the leak is coming from: Most tire repair kits allow you to plug the puncture while the tire is still attached to the wheel. However, you might need to remove the tire if you simply cannot locate the source of the leak while it’s on the wheel. If you are able to see the puncture, find the foreign object causing it.
  • Remove the object: Use the pliers to remove the object causing the leak from the punctured area. If your truck has thick tires, this might take a little bit of muscle.
  • Use the probe: Add a few drops of the sealant to the tip of the puncture probe and work it carefully into the hole. Doing this will widen the puncture slightly, but will also work to clean it out and apply some adhesive that your plug will be able to stick to. Repeat this process a couple times, adding more sealant each time to improve its adhesive qualities.
  • Insert the plug: Use one hand to hold the plug holder and roll up the end of the tire plug in the other hand, so you can fit it into the holder’s needle eye. Hold the plug tightly, apply a few more drops of adhesive to the end of the holder, and then work the plug and the needle into the hole. Once it goes into the hole, leave about a quarter inch remaining outside the tire. You can then remove the needle, giving the holder about a quarter turn to pull it out.
  • Inflate the tire: Unscrew your tire valve cap and attach the inflator, and inflate the tire to the designated air pressure as indicated in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Once you’ve completed this process, you’ll be ready to get back on the road.

These plugs and repair kits can be a great temporary solution, but any time you need to plug your tires yourself, you should still take the vehicle in later for examination by a specialist in truck tire repair in Wytheville, VA. To learn more about the various services we provide, we encourage you to contact the team at Complete Truck Service Inc. today.

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