A flat tyre can be a nuisance and a very real safety concern. So, knowing how to repair one is essential. Barring a complete replacement, there are a few important steps to follow when repairing any tyre. Let’s take a look at the overall process and how you can remain safe if you are alone while attempting this task.
Before you EVER attempt to repair a flat, you will need to address a few important issues. These can be:
- Are you parked away from oncoming traffic?
- Are your hazard lights on?
- Is the ground flat and stable?
- Is your jack able to support the weight of your car?
If any of these variables are questionable, it is best to reassess the situation before continuing. Once you feel confident, we can begin the process.
Using Tyre Foam
The most common way to quickly repair a leak is to use what is known as tyre foam. Please note that this foam should only be chosen if you notice that the condition is caused by an external leak. If the entire unit is flat, it will need to be replaced.
First, insert the hose from the spray can into the air nozzle of the tyre. Spray the foam until the entire contents are emptied. Cap the air inlet. You will then need to fill the tyre with air (to the pressure that is recommended by the manufacturer). Finally, drive the car on suburban roads; preferably away from traffic. The centrifugal force of the foam will coat the inside walls of the tyre. In theory, this will fill any leaks which may be present. If you still notice that the tyre is losing pressure, it will likely need to be completely changed.
This is the safest way to repair a flat tyre. If you ever have any doubts, remember that it is always best to seek the help of a professional.