How to repair a punctured tire yourself without a puncture-prevention spray? Step-by-step guide

Anybody can have a flat tire! What's worse is that punctures are often unavoidable, and can happen when you start your car or when you're on the road... That's why you need to prepare yourself now to deal with this emergency. The good news is that with the helpful instructions we're about to share with you, you'll be able to repair a flat tire easily and cost-effectively. How and what tools will you need to repair a flat tire? You'll find the answers in this article.

We'll show you how to repair a punctured tire and how to insert a wick if you don't want to spend money on a new tire. But to do this, you'll need the necessary tools, which you should check first before proceeding with the repair. These tools are as follows, and indeed, you can find them in most specialist car repair shops.

Image of a punctured tire
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Some of the tools you'll need :

  • School chalk
  • A spray bottle of soapy water,
  • A cutter,
  • Tire glue.

Three other essential tools:

  • A pair of pliers
  • A screwdriver to grip the rubber,
  • Another with a hook, to insert the patch in the same radius as the wick.

How do I repair a punctured tire?

To repair a flat tire, just follow these steps and you'll be on your way:

  1. Place the wheel on the table/desk. It's worth noting that gloves should be worn for extra protection, as you never know what might have punctured your tire.
  2. Feel the surface of all the rubber to find where the nail/other thing is stuck in your tire.
  3. Then remove obstructions with your pliers.

And if you don't find anything?

In this case, spray soapy water over the entire surface of the tire, not forgetting the sides. Proceed quarter by quarter across the surface. This is where you'll need the chalk; use chalk to mark every little soap bubble. You should be able to find the problem easily as the air passes through it.

  1. Now use the screwdriver to measure the size of the hole for the future drill bit;
  2. Insert the wick into the hook and apply glue;
  3. Insert it into the hole and be careful to leave only the right bit protruding;
  4. Wait for the glue to set - check the drying time on the instructions;
  5. When the glue has dried, check again with soapy water to make sure there is no air passage;
  6. Using a cutter, trim the wick protruding from the clip;

However, it is advisable to go to a garage to check if necessary and re-inflate the tire with an air compressor.

Now you know how to repair a puncture easily and inexpensively yourself. What's more, you don't need many tools, so with a little patience and ingenuity, you'll get the result you're looking for.

You can also watch this video for more information.

Video tip for repairing a flat tire on your own:

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