We often complain of extravagent expenses and the absence of savings. We even device newer and more complicated means to save money for a rainy day, but never get as close as to believe in the policy of doing it ourselves. The do-it-yourself way of getting things done has been discarded by men and women who think such kind of manual labour is beneath them, but what they forget is that it helps them save money. For instance, changing the tubeless tire of, say a car, is the kind of job for which usually professional help is hired. However, if done on own own, we could actually end up saving some money on it. Most people tend to think it is quite difficult to do such jobs, but the fact remains that they are actually quite easy. In case you don't believe us, read on and know how to repair tubeless tires all by yourself.
Repairing A Tubeless Tire
- Tire Crayon
- Car Tools (Tire reamer, Pneumatic tire buffer, Vulcanizing fluid)
- The first step is to locate the hole in the tire. It is best to repair the tire of a passenger vehicle if the breach is within the tread limitations. On the other hand, if the breach is near the sidewall, it is best to replace the tire, instead of trying to repair it. Mark the location of the breach with a tire crayon, which is easily available in hardware stores.
- Look carefully, to locate any foreign object around the hole that is to be repaired. If you find one, remove it with the help of pliers or any other tool that you might feel comfortable with.
- With the help of a separating tool, remove the tire from its rim. Be very careful to mark the inner sidewall of the tire, so as to establish a relationship with the mounting position of the tire to the rim, all the more so if it is a blackwall tire on both sides.
- With the help of a tire reamer, ream the hole in the bladder of the tire, but make sure not to overdo it. The ream size should still allow the tire plug or patch to fit snugly into the hole.
- Sand the interior bladder of the tire with the help of a pneumatic tire buffer tool, in a small area around the hole. Make sure to sand an area that is slightly larger than the size of the patch or plug that is to be used.
- The next thing to do is to apply a light coat of vulcanizing fluid to the area that you have just buffed. This fluid should be allowed to sit for a couple of minutes to set properly.
- Now, remove the protective covering that on the bottom of the patch and also from the top, in case there is one. Make sure not to touch the bottom part of the patch, which is to sit against the bladder of the tire.
- Next, into the reamed hole of the tire, from inside the bladder of the tire, insert the metal quill of the patch plug. It should protrude out about half an inch on the exterior tread of the tire. Pull this quill through, from the outside, with the help of a pair of pliers.
- Roll the tire repair roller over this surface of the patch, inside the bladder of the tire, until it properly seals itself against the bladder. With a firm hand, roll it in several different directions, so that it seals itself properly.
- Apply another light coat of vulcanizing fluid on top of the patch, from the inner side of the tire and allow it to dry completely. After it dries totally, remount the tire and inflate it to the proper level. Trim the protruding plug on the outer side of the tire, with a knife or a razor blade.