If you are a 4WD owner, then you know that flat tires are just a part of the package. When you take your 4×4 off-road there’s a good chance you’ll end up with a flat tire at some point in the bush. So, if you find yourself stranded and don’t know how to change a tire, then you’re in for a long walk.
Luckily, Hamer is here with a solution – a tire repair kit. When a tire is damaged, there are a few things you need to consider before deciding whether to repair or replace it. If the damage is in the tread area, it’s usually safe to repair with two tire plugs.
However, if the damage is in the sidewall or shoulder area, it’s not safe to repair and you should replace the tire. If you’re in the bush and can’t replace the tire right away, you may be able to temporarily plug the hole in the sidewall and continue your way at a lower speed.
In this article, we’ll show you how to properly use a tire repair kit to fix a flat tire on your 4×4.
Why Is It Important To Know How To Fix A Flat Tire?
There are lots of reasons why it’s useful to know how to fix a flat tire. First, it can save you a lot of money. When you have a flat tire you either have the option to call a tow truck or fix it yourself. And if you call a tow truck, you’ll have to pay for the hefty tow price (especially without insurance). If you fix it yourself it will only cost you the price of the tire repair kit, which you can buy from a local hardware store.
Second, it will buy you a lot of time. It can take a tow truck a long time to get to you if you’re stranded out in the bush. But if you know how to fix a flat tire, you can do it yourself and be on your way in no time.
Tools You’ll Need To Fix A Flat Tire
Before you’re heading out to off-road in adventurous locations, we recommend you to fit your car with Hamer’s Tire carrier to stay ready for unforeseen situations. Tire carrier’s are not enough to keep you well prepared in unexpected situations, so make sure to keep these items in your car:
Tire repair kit
Tire inflation canister
Tire pressure gauge
How To Use A Tire Repair Kit
Start by loosening the lug nuts on the flat tire with a socket wrench. You can then remove them by hand once the lug nuts are loose. Next up, use the jack to lift the 4×4 off the ground. If you’re not sure how to do this, consult your owner’s manual. Once the 4×4 is off the ground, remove the flat tire and set it safely aside. Now, it’s time to use the tire repair kit and start searching for the puncture in the tire.
Once you’ve found the puncture in the tire, clean out the area around the puncture. Next, insert the tire plugs into the tire. Make sure the plugs are snug and in place. Then it’s time to inflate the tire. Use the tire inflation canister to add air to the tire until it’s full. When the tire is inflated, replace the lug nuts and lower the 4×4 back to the ground.
Lastly, use the tire pressure gauge to check that the pressure in all four tires is balanced. You don’t want any one tire taking on more pressure than it can handle.
Common Mistakes When People Fix Flat Tires
While a tire repair kit is a simple and easy way to fix a flat tire, there are some common mistakes that people make. We listed a few of the most common mistakes people make:
Not checking the pressure in the tire after inflating it. It’s important to use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure in the tire after you’ve inflated it. The pressure should be the same as the other tires on your 4×4.
Not cleaning out the area around the puncture before inserting the tire plugs. If there’s debris in the area around the puncture, it can cause the tire plugs to come out.
Not tightening the lug nuts enough. After you’ve replaced the flat tire, make sure to tighten the lug nuts. If they’re not tight enough, the tire could come off while you’re driving.
How To Avoid A Flat Tire In The First Place
Check the pressure in your tires regularly. This will help you catch a flat tire before it happens.
Inspect your tires for any signs of damage. If you see any bulges or cracks, have the tire repaired or replaced.
If you’re going to be driving on rough terrain, make sure you have a spare tire which you can attach to your tire carrier. A flat tire is more likely to happen if you’re driving on rough terrain.
Carry a tire repair kit with you. This will allow you to fix a flat tire if you do end up getting one.
Flat tires are just a part of owning a 4×4. But, with a tire repair kit, you can easily fix a flat tire. Just make sure to follow the instructions carefully and to avoid common mistakes. Follow us on Facebook to receive our latest news and promotions at: HAMER4X4.