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September 15, 2012, 10:48 AM #0

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This is a temporary fix but people have also had this last for years on their tires. Your mileage may vary.

Here is a screw that has punctured my tire and causing it to lose air.
I filled the tire with air before working on it but you can probably still do it with half pressure.
Try to spin and turn your wheel so you have access to the area over the screw, nail, or whatever it is.
I also jacked the car up a little to take some weight off the tire but still having the tire on the ground so it doesn't spin while working but you don't need to do that.


To fix this I bought a 10$ kit at Canadian tire
This is for tubeless tires and I do not know if it will work for other kinds of tires. It will probably say on your tire if it is tubeless or not.
It comes with a file for roughing up and cleaning the hole a bit, a tool for inserting the tire plugs and a pack of 5 tire plugs.


first thing you want to do is pull out what is causing the leak and then plug the leak with filing tool because It will start leaking fast.
I used a screwdriver and my fingers. you can also use anything else to make your life easier such as a vicegrip or pliers.
This one was easy to remove.


Here is the filing tool I inserted into the hole after removing the screw.
You want to push it in and out just a couple times. I did exactly 2. This will give the tire plug a rough surface to hold onto in the tire.
Leave it in the hole while you prepare for the next step.


Now you want to take one of the tire plug strips and thread it through the tip of the insertion tool and centre it.
Pull out the filing tool and stick in the tire plug.


You want to push it in without twisting until roughly 2/3 of the plug is inside the tire.
It might be a little difficult so to make it very easy I used a hammer.


Now you just pull the insertion tool straight out without twisting.


Last thing you want to do is trim off the excess. Try to do better than in this picture and get as close to the tire surface as you can.
If you want you can even take a black permanent marker or something and colour that ugly brown spot black.


Now just pump up your tires again and you are good to go!

Some other things you can do are:
use a torch or something to melt the plug onto the tire.
pump up the tire to the max inflation rating to see if the plug pops back out.
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    September 15, 2012, 04:13 PM #1

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    Great write up. Ive noticed some people also use a torch after plugging it to, im guessing, melt the plug stuff and make it more durable
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      September 15, 2012, 07:15 PM #2

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      If the plug is really tough to get in, you can use some WD40 or any other lubricant you have around to ease the task of sliding it in. Just spray down the plug before you jam it in the hole. Some can be really tough to get in depending on where the tire is punctured. Having the tire inflated over 40psi also helps. If you don't have anything around to trim the ends with, as mentioned, you can light the plug on fire for a few mins and let it melt down.

      Always a good tool to keep in the car for times like this! Good choice for a write-up.

        September 15, 2012, 07:57 PM #3

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        I think if it's hard to get in that's a good sign the hole is not too big and the plug will really stay in there.
        would the wd40 make it easier for the plug to come back out?

          September 15, 2012, 08:07 PM #4

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          I always light them after to melt the plug and get a good seal.
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            September 15, 2012, 10:03 PM #5

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            Good Write up, this is something that is easy and most people don't think about when they have a puncture.

            My only recommendation would be after you've put the plug in place and it's sealed, pump your tire up past it's maximum inflation rating. At least 50 lbs, Just to make sure it won't blow out under more pressure. If you hear no leaks at that pressure then your for sure good to go.  Just a trick my Grandpa showed me when doing one of my tires a couple years ago.
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              September 16, 2012, 03:14 PM #6

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              Originally posted by TonyPajamaz
              Pump your tire up past it's maximum inflation rating. At least 50 lbs

              Did you ever see the video of a tire being over inflated in shops class?

              I highly recommend you never over inflate your tires, especially not ones that have been repaired with a plug and not a patch. You could possibly create a projectile out of it since it is a weak point, very dangerous.

                September 17, 2012, 10:49 AM #7

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                Keep in mind that the pressure listed on your sidewall is a cold inflation pressure.  When driving and they heat up, the pressure climbs accordingly.  If you don't drive on it, it's perfectly safe and reasonable to inflate an undamaged tire a little above the sidewall rating.  Just deflate it to the recommended pressure before you put it on your car. 

                That said, I wouldn't exactly put my self (or anyone else) in a position where a tire plug that shot out could hit me/them.  Tire debeading can kill you, but that's at a pressure quite a bit above the sidewall rating, or with a damaged wheel or tire. 

                  September 17, 2012, 10:52 AM #8

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                  These are a good temporary fix, and I also always light the end and melt it to the tire for a good seal. Howeeeeever, these are not good for long periods because they flex the rubber surrounding the plug and can cause a tire to seperate. Shops in Manitoba are actually not aloud to do these kinds of repairs anymore. Not saying I haven't done them, I have a kit in my toolbox at work.

                  Also, I've had to inflate tires to well above 60psi to seat the bead. A little extra pressure shouldn't matter, but it also won't help detect a leak. If it's going to leak, it'll leak at 32psi the same as it will leak at 50psi. Get a spray bottle, put water and some dish soap in it and spray the repair after it's done, then there's no way a botched repair can get away.
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                    September 17, 2012, 01:24 PM #9

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                    x2 on the melting of the plug at the end.
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                      September 17, 2012, 02:17 PM #10

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                      This is what I did to Martins car in a U of M parking lot when he had a screw in it. We took it straight to CT to get a proper fix.

                      I also would not recommend driving to long on the plug in the colder weather as I put one in my wifes Ford Escape cause she had a screw in the summer time and sort of forgot about it.... until it blew out on her while driving on the preimeter on a -30C day  ??? She was able to slow down safely, pull over and call me.
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                        September 17, 2012, 05:21 PM #11

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                        I have had 30k miles on 2 plugs and they have both been fine.  As for pressure, If its plugged keep it to what the tire/vehicle says.
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                          September 17, 2012, 05:23 PM #12

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                          Good tips and warnings. Mileage on the plug will probably vary depending on the puncture.
                          Im only using this until it's time to pit the winter tires on.
                          Any recomendations on places for getting it fixed properly?

                            September 17, 2012, 07:07 PM #13

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                            Originally posted by CFMP RAblue
                            This is what I did to Martins car in a U of M parking lot when he had a screw in it. We took it straight to CT to get a proper fix.

                            I also would not recommend driving to long on the plug in the colder weather as I put one in my wifes Ford Escape cause she had a screw in the summer time and sort of forgot about it.... until it blew out on her while driving on the preimeter on a -30C day  ??? She was able to slow down safely, pull over and call me.

                            That's kinda scary. I did an rally cross on a plug in winter. I might buy 4 more winter tires just in case. :/ or least one and shave it down.
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                              September 17, 2012, 08:05 PM #14

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                              Originally posted by sunshine
                              Any recomendations on places for getting it fixed properly?
                              I've taken the wheel/tire off my car and brought it to fountain tire. Took 30 mins and was like 40$.

                                September 20, 2012, 08:48 PM #15

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                                I take mine to Kal tire, where the kid fixes it on his lunch for free/cash. And does it from the inside lol.

                                  September 22, 2012, 10:15 PM #16

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                                  Which kal and fountain tire di'd you guys go to?

                                    September 24, 2012, 06:36 PM #17

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                                    I've taken mine to kal tire on pembina for this twice and they fixed it for free both times

                                      October 01, 2012, 01:50 PM #18

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                                      The one on kenaston did parents for free too. It said under warranty.
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                                        October 02, 2012, 10:39 PM #19

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                                        It's illegal in the US to do this type of repair at shops, which is why shops in MB aren't allowed to anymore. It's supposd to be a temporary repair, as in you get a flat on the highway and see the screw, you repair it on the side of the road and drive straight to a repair shop to have them properly repair it from the inside with a plug patch. Have seen those plugs go both ways (lasting a year or lasting a day), there are better repair methods out there. Tires are one thing I wouldn't want to perform a cheap repair on.

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