How to Fix a Flat Tire with Sealant

July 11th, 2018 by

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Few streets are squeaky clean, and it’s not uncommon to run into a sharp nail or jagged rock in transit. So what happens if your tires start to look a little low? Take action! Gurnee CJDR can show you how to fix a flat tire with just a little tire puncture sealant. We’ll tell you how to find the leak and how to patch a tire, so let’s get going!

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Finding the Leak

Before you can patch the tire, you have to locate the leak. There are a few ways to do this, but first, we recommend inflating the tire if you are close to an air supply. Be sure to park your car in a place where you are free to move around the vehicle.

  • Look: Examine the tire for holes, cuts, or other abrasions where air is escaping.
  • Listen: If you can’t see the cut, get close to the tire and listen for a hissing sound.
  • Feel: Hold your hand above the surface of the tire and feel for the air rushing from the tire’s surface.
  • Scrub: If all else fails, mix a bowl of soapy water and apply it to the tire. Look for bubbles forming rapidly, which can indicate that you’ve found your leak.

How to Patch a Tire

Now that you’ve found the leak, patch it up! You’ll need tire puncture sealant and a set of pliers.

  • Read directions on your tire puncture sealant before you begin.
  • If the nail or rock is still lodged in your tire, pull it out with pliers.
  • Rotate the wheel so the valve its at the 12 ‘o’clock position of your tire.
  • Unscrew the valve cap and replace with the nozzle of your sealant.
  • Press the button on your can of sealant to release the product
  • Get behind the wheel and slowly drive forward to distribute the product evenly.
  • Once you get back to safety, be sure to replace your tire promptly!

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Learn More About Flat Tire Repair

Now that you know how to fix a flat tire on a car, learn the next steps! Find out how to change a flat tire or check out the parts and accessories available at Gurnee CJDR, near Libertyville and Crystal Lake.