To start it off the journey of fixing a tyre at home, it is really important to invest in a plug pusher and reamer that is of good quality.
The Way to Use a Reamer
Once you’re in the action of using the plug pusher and reamer to fix a leak in a tyre, make sure to stay consistent with your force.
You have to press really hard and situate most of your body weight on the reamer so it gets maximum force. Once it’s properly put into position; you’re going to move the reamer up-and-down. It’s also a good idea to twist it side-to-side and then again move it up and down.
What we’re doing is we’re prepping the hole for our plug. We’re removing any loose rubber that will cause air leaks with the plug in there. We’re also smoothing the hole so, the plug seals it. If your kit comes with rubber cement or you buy some extra rubber cement,
you want to add some to the reamer and the hole. Then you’re just going to work that rubber cement in there in a good manner, and if you don’t have rubber cement then don’t worry, it’s not necessary to complete the job.
Now you’re going to get your plug tool ready and again if you have the rubber cement you can apply some directly to the plug. This is going to help lubricate it so, it pushes in easier.
The Way to Push A Plug
It’s also going to help to seal the hole a little bit better. Now, you want to remove the reamer and quickly insert the plug. This can be a little bit tough. Again, that T-bar is going to help and use your body weight to really push it down.
After you push the plug through, you want about a quarter of the plug sticking out. Then you’re going to give this tool a firm pull out. The tool is going to come out but, the plug material is going to remain in the hole to stop the leak. Once it completely dries, we’re going to cut it, but let’s give it about ten minutes to dry and seal up perfectly, and you can observe how that works.
The plug sits right in the plug tool. But then when you pull [on] it, the plug slides out of that slot and the tool gets removed from the tire. After about five-ten minutes. It’s not tacky anymore. It’s nice and dry. You could grab your side cutters and cut off the end of the plug. You want to get flat and even with the tyre, so use a razor blade. Now add air to the tire to the recommended pressure. In some cases, tires get filled at 35 PSI.
Mounting The Tire
Before we go and mount the tire, you could use your soapy water to make sure that it’s completely sealed and not leaking any air. If you don’t see any bubbles, you’re ready to mount this back on the car. This is usually the case when you invest in Falken Car Tires.
It’s preferred to use your feet to help you mount the tires and then snug up all the lug nuts. Remove the jack stand, drop down the jack so the car goes on to the ground. Keep it nice and smooth.
Then tighten down all the lug nuts in a star pattern. It is preferred to use a torque wrench to make sure they’re evenly tightened. So, that is everything you need to know on how to plug a leaky tire
Note: For the next few days, you want to keep an eye on the tire pressure. Make sure that the plug stays leak-free, and you’re good to go.
Also, technically plugs aren’t permanent. What you’re supposed to do is go to a tire shop, they take the tire off and they patch it from the inside. Now, out of common knowledge, it is said that many people have driven on a plugged tire.
But, it is important to mention that if you go to the tire shop, you get your tires put on a lot of times. So, many of these tyre workers will patch it from the inside, for free.
But, for now, you’re good to go. The tire is patched and leak-free and you are back on the road for a smooth journey!