If so, the culprit was probably a nail or screw that punctured the tire and remained embedded in the hole it created.
The next time one of your tires “picks up” a nail or screw you can always pay someone to remove the object and plug the hole for you, but there’s actually a better way…
You’ll save both time and money if you simply start plugging the holes in your tires yourself!
Fixing a leaky tire caused by an embedded nail or screw is actually a pretty easy four-step process.
1 – Use the pliers from the tubeless tire repair kit to remove the nail or screw from the tire.
2 – Use the rasp tool from the kit to remove any loose debris and bits of rubber from the inside of the hole.
3 – Use the plug insertion tool to insert the tire plug into the hole in the tire.
4 – Use a portable air compressor to refill the tire with air until it reaches the recommended air pressure (use the air pressure gauge that’s included in the kit).
Of course you’ll need to follow the exact instructions that came with your tubeless tire repair kit to make sure you’re doing each step correctly, but it’s actually pretty easy to do.
Heads-up: Inserting the plug into the tire is the most difficult part.
I always keep a tubeless tire repair kit and small portable air compressor in the trunk of my car because I never know when (or where) I’ll need to plug a hole in one of my tires.
If you do the same you’ll be able to repair a flat or leaking tire caused by an embedded nail or screw right on the spot, often without even having to remove the tire from your vehicle!
DIY tire repairs can be real time-savers because you won’t have to wait for a tow truck to come and make the repair for you. You can have it fixed all by yourself in just a few minutes.
What’s more, you won’t have to pay someone else big bucks to do something you can quickly do yourself!
If you’d like to see exactly how to quickly remove an embedded object from a tire and plug the hole, here’s a fantastic short video that shows the entire process from start to finish!
Note: As always, you can watch the video at full screen by clicking the “square” icon that will pop up in the lower-right corner of the video after it begins playing.
Pretty cool, right! Now you know how to take care of this very basic auto repair yourself!
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