Stranded by a flat tire?

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by John Schwab, Jul 18, 2021.

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  1. neal adkins

    neal adkins Active Member

    Spares are a good security blanket but I have been able to get out of a seriously damaged tire with a plug kit and fix a flat. I had a spare but the lug wrench from the dealership wouldn't fit the lug nuts. The hole was so big I eventually had to install 2 plugs and use fix a flat. I had to air it up a couple times but made it about 100 miles to the tire store the next morning just fine. But everyone should do what they're comfortable with. Not everyone has experience dealing with flats.
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  3. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    I've never used a plug kit. You've answered my question about whether it's possible to plug a tire that's still on the car. Did you have to use a jack to get the tire off the ground for easy rotational positioning? Do you carry a bottle of water to help locate the leak? Was it immediately clear the first plug wasn't going to be sufficient or did you have to stop again to install the second plug? I applaud your persistence and congratulate you on your ability to go so far on your plugged tire.

    @neal adkins and other fellow forum members, do you have recommendations for a specific plug kit? Some appear to have flimsy tools for reaming and plugging.
  4. neal adkins

    neal adkins Active Member

    If the leak is so small it's hard to find, then you should be able to stop as needed and add air with the compressor and only use fix a flat (if nessacary) until you can get to a shop. As I remember you just position the valve stem at 4 or 8 o'clock by rolling forward a little if you need to add the fix a flat sealant. Also tire pressure has to be low enough for sealant to easily enter into the tire. See instructions. The T handle reemer is a little easier to use. I have had success using rtv silicone as an adhesive instead of the cheap glue in the kit. Of course it's only a temporary fix, although I have driven on a plugged tire with no problems.
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