Stuck on the side of the road with a flat?  I hope not!  But, in case you ever are.. .learn 3 simple ways to fix a flat tire (2 don't involve changing it which is awesome!).  | DIY Car Maintenance | how to fix a flat tire | car preparedness |

Stuck on the side of the road with a flat?  I hope not!  But, in case you ever are.. learn 3 simple ways to fix a flat tire (2 don’t involve changing it which is awesome!).  Also, be sure to download your Emergency Car Kit so you know what to include (hint, there are items to fix your flat).

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How to Fix a Flat Tire- 3 options

Based off of You Tube Video from Chris Fix (See full video at bottom of post) 

  1. Portable Air Compressor
  2. Spare tire (if your car came with one)
  3. Canned Air- such as Fix A Flat or something such as Tire Tackle to plug it up

Portable Air Compressor

  1. Open the air compressor and screw it onto the tire valve stem.
  2. Plug in the compressor into your car cigarette lighter. (Car may need to be turned on)
  3. Turn on compressor and fill up tire according to the correct pressure, be sure the watch the gauge, it may not take long.
  4. Wait 5-10 min.  IF the tire does NOT leak, then it is safe to drive home.  If it does leak, use your spare tire.

Spare Tire

  1. Practice changing your spare in your drive way.
  2. Check to make sure you have all the tools you need.
  3. Be sure the spare tire pressure is at the right pressure.

Canned Air

  1. Take cap off
  2. Use valve step and attach to tire
  3. Can has compressed air and WILL seal the leak.  (But this does damage the tire, so you will need a new tire afterwards)

***Great for emergencies but last thing recommend to use.

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Plug up the tire

  1.  Use your jack and raise up the car.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts and remove the tire.
  3. Examine the tire to find a nail or the leak.  Be sure to check along the rim too.
  4. Open your plug kit, and get your plug pusher and sticky plug read.
  5. Slide plug through tool till it’s half way through.
  6. Remove screw or nail.
  7. Push reamer into the hole of the tire.  Then move it up and down and side to side.
  8. Remove reamer and quickly insert the plug leaving about 1/4 of an inch of the plug sticking out.
  9. Firmly tug the tool out, and the plug will stay in.
  10. Wait about 10 min for plug to not be sticky, and cut off the remaining plug.
  11. Add air to the tire to the correct pressure.
  12. Remount the tire, snug up the lug nets, and remove the jack.

In conclusion

That is how you fix a leaky tire.  I have never changed a tire before, but loved learning how. I’m excited to go out and try to change a tire, as a girl, all by myself!  lol.  Below is the whole video for you to watch, and here is a link to a video on how to change a tire if you are looking for more information.

Whats your favorite way to fix a flat tire?  Comment below!

Further Reading:

Why you Need a Car Kit

DIY 72 Hour Kit

How to Jump Start a Car

How to Change your Cars Oil

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