A tyre puncture repair is so easy to do if it’s just a small hole no larger than a little finger nail (a small stick, nail, spike or anything that’s staked the tyre which is no wider than a big nail), but you will need the right tools for the job.
Tyre repair kit or tyre plugging kit (same thing) & pliers.
Sometimes a jack and tyre iron or socket set will be needed if you have to remove the tyre in order to plug it, but those tools should always be on board your vehicle.
In most cases you won’t need to take the tyre off the vehicle unless the hole is really hard to get to.
Tyre Repair Kit.
Half the battle when doing a tire puncture repair is finding the hole/leak which can sometimes be challenging as the tyres may be covered in sand, dirt or mud.
Once found, establish wherever it is easy to fix while still on the vehicle or if it’s best to take the tyre off and work on the ground.
Try your best to plug the leaking tyre while on the vehicle, it will save loads of time and in most cases is much easier as the wheel won’t move around, as a fair bit of force is required to pull the foreign object out, cleaning the hole and plugging it.
For more information follow these tyre repair instructions in the video :
And/Or download this Tyre repair PDF file.
Once plugged the vehicle can be re-inflated and driven, we recommend not to drive on for lengthy distances at high speeds with plugs in the tyres due to the unlikely hood of the plug failing (which can happen if instructions are not followed carefully).
We have plugged numerous tires in the past and some have been driven with plugs still in it for more than 20,000km with no problems at all, that’s not to say it won’t happen to you! So once out of the bush or home again get it patched on the inside by a tyre professional.
Once you have fix just one tyre puncture repair it’s real easy to remember for the next time.