Feeling a little run down or flat? Most people get a car tyre puncture at one point or another. Punctures are easy to fix, with a little know-how, and a car tyre puncture repair kit. This article will talk you through how to use a car tyre puncture repair kit and offer some essential tips to have you back on the road quickly and safely.
For those of you who are ‘old school,’ you might have opened the boot hoping to find a jack and a space saver, only to find a small can, or as car manufacturers call it; a ‘puncture repair kit’.
The good news is that they are pretty easy to use, the downside is that you have to know how to use a car tyre puncture repair kit. Here’s our step-by-step guide to using a car puncture repair kit:
This should be your overriding thought, above all else. If you are on a motorway, call a professional breakdown organisation. Kneeling, with your back to 20 tonnes of HGV whizzing past isn’t good for anyone.
For non-motorway situations here’s what to do:
You may need to move the car a foot or so forwards or backwards to see the puncture. Once you have located it, assess whether there is serious damage. Here are some things that mean a car tyre puncture repair kit should not be used:
It is vitally important to read the instructions located on the can. There are generally two types of puncture repair kit. One is a standalone sealant that will require a separate compressor or pump to reinflate the tyre. The other is a pressurised can that injects sealant and reinflates the tyre simultaneously. Once you know the type here’s what to do
Here’s our guidance on driving after using a tyre puncture repair kit:
If you have a small puncture, then you may be able to have it repaired—however a word of caution... Many garages will refuse to repair a tyre when the owner has used a puncture repair kit. If this is the case, then you may have to invest in a new tyre.
In addition to this by driving with a flat, there is a chance that you have caused damage to the tyre that makes it irreparable….
When it comes to car tyres, it doesn’t pay to take chances. After all, they are the only thing keeping you in contact with the road. Knowing how to use a car tyre puncture repair kit is a useful temporary fix. However, when it comes to tyres and safety, if there is doubt, then there is no doubt. An investment in a new tyre is an affordable option so enter your registration number and postcode now and find the right tyre for your car.
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