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What You Need to Know about Tyre Repair Kits

Published on: 03 November 2015

There are a wide variety of tyre repair kits available on the market today, many of which make it possible for you to go the DIY route and mend your tyre without having to worry about calling anyone for assistance. The question is, how do you actually go about doing this? And what type of tyre repair kit is your best bet? We investigate below.

There are two main types of tyre repair kits, namely pre-puncture sealants and post-puncture sealants.  Ultimately, the pre-puncture sealant is used in an effort to prevent punctures from interrupting your journey in the first place, whereas post-puncture variants are used in order to (temporarily) fix an already-existing problem.

Pre-Puncture Sealants

These sealants are injected into the tyre valve, and in the instance that the tyre incurs a puncture, the sealant works to prevent deflation. However, it is important to remember that the sealant can only hold for so long, eventually resulting in a tyre that needs to be professionally repaired or replaced.

Post-Puncture Sealants

A traditional post-puncture tyre repair kit consists of a bottle of sealant and a compressor (which is usually powered from the car’s cigarette lighter). Also injected into the tyre valve, the post-puncture sealant will temporarily remedy the puncture problem from within. Once the sealant has been injected, the car owner will then use the compressor in order to re-inflate the tyre and continue driving safely.

Get cash rewards by taking car insurance onlineHere’s a step-by-step guide to effectively utilising your post-puncture tyre repair kit:

  1. The moment that you are aware of a puncture, find a safe place and pull over. Continuing to drive for even a short distance could cause irreparable damage to your vehicle.
  2. Turn on your hazard lights, switch off your engine and apply the handbrake.
  3. If there is a sharp object, such as a nail, stuck in the tyre, do not remove it.
  4. Proceed to open the valve of the tyre and attach the bottle of the sealant to the opening. The sealant will then filter into the tyre.
  5. If applicable, attach the compressor to the back of the bottle. However, if this is not possible, attach the compressor directly onto the tyre valve. 
  6. Plug the compressor into the cigarette lighter / 12V socket within your vehicle.
  7. Start your engine and ensure that the compressor is switched on.  The tyre will begin to inflate.
  8. Once inflated, you will be able to drive to a garage or mechanic who will assist you further. Remember, the sealant is only a temporary fix!

In order to avoid finding yourself stranded on the side of the road as a result of a puncture that you didn’t even know existed in the first place, it is imperative that you inspect your tyres on a regular basis. For a hassle-free insurance quote, get in touch with MiWay.

Check out MiWay’s video How to Repair Tyre Punctures.

Sources:
http://www.which.co.uk/cars/driving/car-tyres/tyre-repair/how-to-use-a-car-tyre-repair-kit/
http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/safety/tyre-repairs-and-sealants.html