How to Fix a Flat Tire (Tire Plug Kit)

How to Fix a Flat Tire (Tire Plug Kit)


one, two, three, four! Rev up your engines! It’s time for the Scotty Kilmer Channel nothing is more deflating than a flat
tire, so today I’m going to show you how to fix a flat tire, well the first thing you
need is a kit to fix flat tires, so have one in your trunk, the kits come
with everything you need, a reamer, a plug insert, plugs, and glue, so jack up the car
and take the tire off, now of course you got to find the leak, so fill it up with
air, then get a little liquid soap and mix it with water, then start pouring it
all over the tread on the tire, then when you get to the area that’s leaking,
you’ll see it foams all over the place in this case there’s a nail and you can
see it right here, then you get a pair of these cutters and pull out the nail, you
want to pull the nail out as straight as possible, out it comes, then you
get the reaming tool the one that has the rasp edge on it and stick it in the hole,
you grab it forcefully stick it in and ream it all the way
through, then get a little of the glue put it on the reamer and ream it up and
down some more, to make the hole nice and round, then you take one of the plugs out
of the kit and use the tool that inserts them, but it’s kind of hard to use so
here’s a trick, get a screwdriver so you can open up the end of the plug
holder a little bit better and then slide the plug in, otherwise it’s hard to
get in, then you get some more of the glue and put glue all over the plug so it’ll
seal better, then pull the reamer out and push the plug in the hole and in it goes, then get your Clippers out again and cut
the end of the plugs that are sticking out off, now you just need to air it up and put the tire back on, then it’s a good
idea to take it for a five minute drive to heat up the tire and help
the patch then when you’re done, check it for
pressure again and check it again in the next morning to make sure it’s fixed and
don’t forget to put the kit back in your trunk to be ready for the next nail and
remember if you’ve got any car questions just visit Scotty Kilmer.com and I’ll
answer them as soon as I get back from this ride!

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  2. This can work quite well to stop the leak, however the owners manuals that come with radial tires often recommend that you do NOT use this method, and that you remove the tire from the rim and use a flat patch inside. I believe the reasoning is that the plug can conceivably intefere with the flexibility of the tire's road contact surface, decrease its even contact with the road over the whole of its circumference, and decrease traction. Also, I have noticed that the steel belts traversing the inside of the road contact surface can sometimes cause plugs to become shredded when you push them in, as the belts tend to close up the hole that you have made in them, even if you've used the reamer properly. Also, the owners manual for the tires may say you will void the tire warranty if you patch the tire this way. Many tire dealers, especially the chain companies, offer free flat fixing for the life of the tire so if that's the case you may want to put on your spare and drive over to the closest dealer to have THEM put a plug in your tire. I wouldn't be surprised if they are going to ignore the owners manual!

  3. After watching Scotty do this I know I have been doing it right. I've been using these same tar coated patches since the 80's and they have worked 100% of the time.

  4. There’s only ONE (major) problem with is procedure. If you use the plugs Scotty suggests and you have a warranty from Discount Tire, Discount WILL NOT honor the “road hazard” warranty. (Ask me how I know) It is now their company policy to not repair or replace ANY tire that has an “ATV” type tire plug. Why? I asked, “that plug has fibers in it that will conduct water into the steel belts and cause rust, therefore promoting a blow out. YOU MUST use SOLID rubber plugs ONLY. I’m NOT against the use of these plugs, I have had them in my tires for year and thousands of miles, just an FYI.

  5. Tempory emergany fix only.Best move wheel to rear avoid high speed heavy loading. Prof repairers may decline repairing plugged tyres.

  6. Yes you CAN remove tires without machines . Yes you CAN patch and heat vulcanise at home cut up old tube…. hot embers on tin pushed onto patch …

  7. STOP!!! Only do this if your tires are getting older and your going to replace in 6months or so.Or if its an emergency and you need to get off the road.If you have the tire off take it to a tire shop especially if their new tires and have a patch put in. By using the plug it will eventually separate belts in most cases. I do carry one of these kits for emergencies only but if I can fill the tire and take it to a shop and have a patch put in Tire will last longer.

  8. This kit are not safe to fix flat tire, only temporary to get some tires shop for make a right fix (in my country we call it Fungus Fixing, because that is the safe way to fix tire hole)

  9. How do you check for internal damage to the tire ? If the tire may have been driven with low air pressure the inner liner could be damaged. You put the plug in drive on the freeway and have a blowout. Plugging a tire may void the warranty. What a joke

  10. It should be said they work most of the time. I've had them come in my shop leaking quite frequently, and customers want the plug replaced with an approved patch. It's against RMA guidelines to do so but sometimes we do it depending on the tire condition.

  11. these plugs are pretty awesome. i have terrible luck with getting stuff stuck in my tires and even though i can get free tire repairs done, I'd rather just plug it up, fill it with the electric pump in my car and go on my way. I've even plugged a hole where the tread meets the side wall and the tire hasn't blown up yet.

  12. Hello Scotty. I've found that you have to be mindful of how the nail punctured the tire whether in went in straight or maybe at an angle and when you insert the reamer, follow the path the nail made so as to not make a second hole next to the one you are trying to plug. I've patched them, plugged them and put tubes in them.

  13. A lot of the kits have "dry" plugs these days that supposedly don't need rubber cement, add a tube to the kit.  Rubber cement lubricates the plug while it is being inserted and helps prevent air leaks.  Also a drill with a small bit can be used instead of the reamer.

  14. Myself i recommend stop & go tyre plugger as it's no mess and easy to put a patch on the inside.
    it's important to put a patch on the inside of the tyre for a proper repair.
    You can easily push in a screwdriver to press in the plug to make the hole again without a patch,but with a patch on the inside it's very difficult to press in the plug.
    You would think 30 psi of pressure would make it safe for the plug but you can still easily press it inwards with 30 psi of pressure and with the patch in place it's very difficult to press it in to reveal the hole again.
    Good video scotty.(:-)

  15. I have owned mainly front wheel drive cars and some rear wheel drive cars and over 30 years i must have had around 20 nails/screws in the rear tyres and just 1 in the front.
    I put it down to the front wheels on my front wheel drive car spinning up the nail/screw and launching the nail/screw into the rear tyres.
    Now i wondered if you could put some mudflaps on the rear and the front of the car also in that they are angled outwards and the length of them so that they just miss the floor and deflect the objects to the side of the road and the other side to deflect to the opposite side of the road.
    I wondered if it would reduce the amount of nails getting in your tyres.
    It would be good if someone could do this experiment by fitting mudflaps to the rear and then to fit mudflaps to the front as well and see what happens.

  16. those tire plugs only work in an emergency if you are in a remote area and dont have a spare, otherwise a patch plug combo is the best solution, plugs eventually make your tire bulgy.

  17. This is hands down the best and most useful car channel on YouTube, keep up the great work Scott and always rev those engines

  18. Hot topic by reading the comments. DIY plug for $1.00 or take it to a shop where they can "patch it" for $20! In addition they have a opportunity to upsell you a new set of tires! Clever law on the books by corrupt politicians. Not to mention all the extra taxes on the sale of patches and tires!!

  19. My right rear tyre have three of this kind of repairs. They are completing now more than 20 Thousand quilometers .

  20. Think it would be safer to remove the tire from the wheel and inspect the tire for damage to the inner liner or other possible punctures that might not be visible from the outside.

  21. Hey I need help! I put a seal strip inside my tire and I’m wondering if that’s going to mess up my tire?

  22. Actually the best time of year to plug fix a flat is in summer. The hotter the better. After putting in the plug , driving the car heats up the rubber and plug vulcanizing the rubber. Fusing the two together for a better seal.

  23. this is only a temporary fix imo. If your tires are old and almost bald just buy new ones. And watch where you park your car. Even though nails glass and screws can be anywhere. I'm kinda OCD so I need everything to be perfect.

  24. When you use a plug the ideal thing is plugging the hole without taking the tire off if I had to take the tire off might as well put the spare and be on my way and get it patched from the inside later

  25. I have one of those kits. Last time I had a flat I jacked up the axle just enough to turn the wheel to get it in a good spot and plugged it right on the car. I didn't use soap and water. I just listened for the hissing. I pulled over cause the car was pulling to the right. Then I pumped up the tire with one of those $10 pumps that plug into the 12v lighter plug.

  26. damn I just bought a new tire because they said the hole was too close to the tire wall.

  27. Well I guess if you get a flat at home. ? No compressor or Jack .. Also if tire on the front add air + turn tire to left back till u find hole reem + plug in place ( A 12v mini compressor is cheep at autos stores)

  28. Sir, I couldn't understand one thing: why did you open the wheel? Once the car is jacked up, then you could have rotated the tyre and simultaneously sprayed soap water to detect the leak

  29. It is not glue. It is rubber cement. It does not bond anything by itself but "melts" the rubber so that rubber will bond to rubber. It should stay on the surfaces until no longer sticky before trying to bond anything. Putting a big glob of rubber cement and jamming it right in is much worse than using nothing at all.

  30. The nail was the size of the lead of a pencil. It took me forever to jam the rubber thread into the hole even after I reamed it a few times with the reamer first. I didn't use glue. The kit didn't come with it. The rubber threads come only ln one size and they're thicker than what you showed on the video. It was a struggle to push the thread in and it took forever. What did I do wrong? I was stranded at a closed gas station with a free air pump and no one to help. What could I have done differently?

  31. Looks simple enough. Going to give it a shot & stop depending on the tire shop! Almost too embarrassed to go, was just there a couple weeks ago & got another nail.

  32. Please keep in mind that when you plug a radial tire, eventually you will develop a tread separation. Then you will have to replace the tire.

  33. Recently, I watched your video when I was stranded on the side of the road, I tossed a kit just like this one in back of car, and your instructions helped me immensely. Many thanks!

  34. Airborne trooper going to take a little trip. All the Way! Tires are harder to plug and seal now a days. The plug tools use to have a needle eye that you had to cut it loose. The plugs were thicker and for big tractor trailers as much as a foot long. Now you need to break down the tire and put a patch plug from inside the wheel out. Changing flat tires is my number one job as a Patrolman, the biggest cause here is not from a metal screw but from having low air pressure and hitting a pot hole on the freeway. For me I pick up a screw now and then (every (50K miles) from passing cars on the shoulder going to crashes.

  35. If you take it to a tire shop to get a patch plug , guess what? They are going to recommend you replace it in pairs. Anyone surprised why the rubber industry recommends a plug patch that needs expensive special equipment/tools to perform? Tire needs to come off the rim and you know what the tire shop is going to tell you. Happened to me and costs me $500 plus was on vacation and killed a day. Less than 1/4 inch along the tread, I would just plug it like Scotty. Just plugged a tire 2 weeks ago with less than 1/8 inch on the center tread and air holds fine. Important step as Scotty points out is to drive it around after applying the plug so rubber heats up and fuses together. When I patched my tire, initially had a tiny air leak that went away after driving it around. Alternatively, some people would light the plugged area on fire to dry the glue. I too questioned whether just a plug was an adequate fix but no longer especially hearing that Scotty never had a plug fail in doing it for 45 years.

    If you have a 2008 or later car become familiar with the low pressure indicator dash light. Know what it looks like so you can quickly pull over before you totally destroy your tire.

  36. Scotty, can this be done on the shoulder of the tire? Still on the tread but at the very edge of the tyre tread, not the actual sidewall (screw is angled inwards towards the centre of tire)

  37. Don't go to all the trouble of taking the wheel off. Detect the leak site, remove the nail, and plug the hole with the tire on. Whattsa matta with you? Keep a simple bike pump in the trunk.

  38. Good job..
    Ive plugged lots of tires, when there is enough time i fill the tire with air letting the glue n plug settle first before putting it back onto the vehicle

  39. Please !!! No one do this fix like that just go to a work shop cuz u are making it worst by doing a biger hole trust me this is my work i know what i am talking about

  40. The problem with these blind plug styles is that you don't properly inspect the INSIDE of the tire. On some occasions the inside of the tire is shreded because you drove on it with low pressure. You would never know until your tire explodes. Would HIGHLY disadvise this style of plug.

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