How to Remove a Nail From a Run-Flat Tire


Punctures, slow leaks and blowouts in regular tires are a nuisance at best or highly dangerous at worst, especially if traveling on high-speed highways or in bad weather. But run-flat tires are engineered to safely carry the weight of the vehicle for about 60 miles despite punctures and loss of pressure thanks to heavily reinforced sidewalls. Replacing a whole tire can be expensive; most run-flat tires cost at least double that of a regular tire. While a nail can be removed and temporarily plugged at home, permanent repairs should be done by a professional.

Things You'll Need

  • Automobile owner's manual
  • Car jack
  • Wheel chocks or wooden blocks
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Lug wrench
  • Clean rag or shop towel
  • Long-nose pliers
  • Tire plug kit, if temporary plug is needed
  • Park the car on a level surface and set the parking brake. Pry off the wheel cover using a flat-head screwdriver and loosen the lug nuts with a lug wrench.

  • Jack up the car as directed by the owner's manual, using a floor jack or the emergency jack included with the vehicle, and set wheel chocks or wood blocks behind the wheels still on the ground.

  • Remove the tire and locate the nail. Hold the tire securely so the nail is easily accessed. Clean off any dirt or oil around the hole with a clean rag or shop towel.

  • Pull the nail straight out of the tire using long-nose pliers and wipe the puncture area again with a clean rag.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do no attempt to repair and use run flat tires damaged on or near the sidewalls; structural damage may occur.
  • Do not drive a damaged run-flat tire past the allowed mileage; at that point, replace the tire.

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