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Re: Add a spare tire!

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:20 pm
by arnis
powersurge wrote:
With the Leaf, and other no-spare tire cars, I would recommend the following tire repair kit... Gloves, tire plugging kit (hole reamer, plug inserting tool, pack of plugs, and rubber cement), several flat screwdrivers and needle nose pliers (to pull out the screw or debris of the flat), and cigarette lighter air compressor. That will permanently repair a flat. It is not as good as the inside patch, but will do for most beginners at tire repair...


Why is inside patch better than plugging method?
I want to hear technical explanation between good and better?

Re: Add a spare tire!

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:08 pm
by LeftieBiker
Since a plug is forced in from the outside, it can possibly be pushed back out, even when glue is used. A patch is so much larger than the hole that it can't be forced out (although it can still come off) so it's more secure if done properly.

Re: Add a spare tire!

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:40 pm
by arnis
Actually pushing plug in is more likely than out. It is U-shape and the closed part is inside.
After the tool has been removed plug is much wider than the hole itself. It gets mushroom-like
from the inside. It could be pushed in if driven on another poking object at that specific location.
Luckily inflated tire pushes it out and I've never even heard that plugging has failed later.
It has leaked if hole preparation was done poorly. But it leaks pretty much immediately.

Re: Add a spare tire!

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:12 pm
by LeftieBiker
I've heard of plugs that came out, probably because the ends protruding from the tire weren't removed.

Re: Add a spare tire!

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:04 am
by arnis
LeftieBiker wrote:I've heard of plugs that came out, probably because the ends protruding from the tire weren't removed.


Oh. Maybe. I usually cut them off.

Re: Add a spare tire!

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:28 pm
by powersurge
Yes, the last part of the repair, (a mechanic's secret) is to cut the leather plug tails 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the tire rubber with a very sharp razor blade....