Driving on public and private roads presents all sorts of hazards, including the chance of getting a flat tire. One way to get a flat tire is when a screw becomes lodged in the tire while you are driving. Instead of asking a mechanic to fix your vehicle, try fixing the problem yourself. Before fixing the tire, be sure that you are pulled over into a safe area and that your hazard lights are turned on.
Things You'll Need
- Car jack
- Tire plug kit
- Air compressor
Move your car to level ground. Place your car in "Park" and remove the car jack from your car. Read the owner's manual for instructions for using your particular jack. Lift your car according to these instructions. For example, to lift the car with a telescoping car jack, place the jack under the axle. Insert the lift handle and turn it clockwise to lift the car. Make sure that the jack is securely seated under the axle.
Find the screw that is lodged in your tire. Place some tape around the area where the screw is located. Remove the screw by first attempting to unscrew it with pliers. If it will not unscrew, remove it by pulling it directly from the tire.
Insert a small tar-worm from your tire kit and thread it through the included tool. Squeeze the end of the worm so it will be easier to thread into the tire kit tool, if necessary. Pull the worm into the tool until it is centered.
Stick the end of the tool into the tire's hole. Push the tool into the hole until the plug is fully sunk into the hole. You should have no more than 1/2-inch sticking out from the tire. Once the tool is properly inserted, pull it out, leaving the plug in the hole. Remove any extra material from the top of the tire.
Insert the car jack's rod and slowly lower the car to the ground by turning the rod counterclockwise.
Inflate your tire by connecting the air compressor and powering on the device.
Tips & Warnings
- Read the owner's manual for each of your devices before using them. Instructions may differ, depending on your particular device.
- Photo Credit tire treads close-up image by Kathy Burns from Fotolia.com
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