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How to Fix a Flat Tire EASY (Everything you need to know)
1 00:00:00,30 --> 00:00:02,100 Hey guys ChrisFix here and today 2 00:00:02,100 --> 00:00:04,350 I'm gonna to show you how to fix a flat tire 3 00:00:05,569 --> 00:00:10,109 If you ever been in a situation like this? you go out to the store you come back you go look at your car and 4 00:00:10,110 --> 00:00:12,420 You notice hey look I got a flat tire well 5 00:00:12,420 --> 00:00:14,599 It's not a fun situation 6 00:00:14,599 --> 00:00:17,829 but it does give you a good opportunity to make a video to show you guys 7 00:00:17,140 --> 00:00:23,189 Exactly what you need to do so every step on how to fix that flat tire and the first step is you want to get 8 00:00:23,189 --> 00:00:24,310 Home or to the tire shop 9 00:00:24,310 --> 00:00:26,310 So we want to get some air in that tire 10 00:00:26,470 --> 00:00:29,340 So let's pop the trunk and check out our 3 options 11 00:00:29,340 --> 00:00:32,829 We have for situations like this 12 00:00:32,830 --> 00:00:33,250 first we could use an air pump 13 00:00:33,250 --> 00:00:38,160 second if your car has a spare tire you could use that and then third you could use one of these cans of Air and 14 00:00:38,160 --> 00:00:44,529 If you need to you could use one of these plug kits right now to plug the tire in the parking lot just in case 15 00:00:44,530 --> 00:00:46,530 You're far away from home or from a tire shop 16 00:00:46,30 --> 00:00:52,690 Back at our flat tire the first thing I like to do is try to pump up the tire with a portable 12-volt air compressor 17 00:00:52,690 --> 00:00:53,260 Because it's the quickest and easiest 18 00:00:53,260 --> 00:00:58,289 method all you do is screw it on to the valve stem and then you get your cigarette lighter adapter and 19 00:00:59,539 --> 00:01:01,779 it plugs right in and 20 00:01:02,629 --> 00:01:05,69 Sometimes the cigarette lighter isn't powered unless if you have the car in the run position 21 00:01:05,110 --> 00:01:06,939 So do that 22 00:01:06,939 --> 00:01:08,459 And then all you have to do is hit the little on button 23 00:01:08,460 --> 00:01:09,979 and 24 00:01:09,979 --> 00:01:12,419 then watch the gauge until it pumps it up to where you need it to be and 25 00:01:12,490 --> 00:01:18,879 For a tire like on the Mustang it only takes about five minutes to go from deflated to fully inflated 26 00:01:18,130 --> 00:01:21,299 It's supposed to be around 32 to 35 PSI, It pumped it up 27 00:01:21,299 --> 00:01:25,779 Just a little bit more just so that we have some extra air for the ride home 28 00:01:25,840 --> 00:01:27,479 And then all you have to do once you're pumped up shut it off 29 00:01:28,700 --> 00:01:32,9 Unscrew it from the valve stem and screw the cap back on and you can see how effortless 30 00:01:32,9 --> 00:01:35,979 that was I didn't have to jack the car up change tires or anything 31 00:01:35,979 --> 00:01:40,508 That's why I keep one of these 12-volt air compressors in my trunk right next to the spare tire 32 00:01:40,509 --> 00:01:46,599 It'll pay for itself the first time you use it and they're relatively inexpensive and I'll link one in the description 33 00:01:46,600 --> 00:01:48,239 So if you don't have one you could get one for yourself now 34 00:01:48,240 --> 00:01:53,70 You just want to wait a few minutes to make sure the tire doesn't go flat really quickly because then it's too dangerous to drive 35 00:01:53,70 --> 00:01:58,719 And in the meantime, I want to explain the two other methods real quick now if I didn't have an air compressor 36 00:01:58,729 --> 00:02:01,929 Or it didn't work my next method would be using the spare tire 37 00:02:01,930 --> 00:02:05,459 If you've never changed the spare tire even if you don't have a flat go change it in your driveway 38 00:02:06,590 --> 00:02:10,410 Just to see the whole process and make sure you have all the tools you need if you have a spare tire in your car 39 00:02:10,410 --> 00:02:13,479 Most cars will also come with a scissor Jack and a tire iron 40 00:02:13,480 --> 00:02:18,590 You want to make sure you have both of these as well as a key for if you have any locking lug nuts 41 00:02:18,690 --> 00:02:22,359 Since you rarely use or even check the spare until you finally need it one day when you have a flat 42 00:02:22,430 --> 00:02:28,300 Many times its deflated or you're missing the tools and if there's one thing that you learn from this video other than fixing a flat 43 00:02:29,630 --> 00:02:32,959 I want you guys to go out there and check the pressure in your spare tire 44 00:02:32,959 --> 00:02:37,518 Make sure you have all the tools you need to put on your spare tire and finally for emergencies 45 00:02:37,519 --> 00:02:42,739 I do keep a can of sealer in all my cars, but I only use this for emergencies 46 00:02:42,10 --> 00:02:46,670 All you have to do is take the cap off and then this attaches right to your valve stem 47 00:02:46,670 --> 00:02:52,819 And then inside this can is compressed air and a liquid and when the liquid in here comes in contact with the air it 48 00:02:52,130 --> 00:02:58,729 Solidifies and hopefully that will clog the leak and it does work for small leaks and it will fill your tire with air 49 00:02:58,769 --> 00:03:03,589 But the problem is this stuff that seals the leak also damages the tire 50 00:03:03,590 --> 00:03:08,349 So you have to replace the tire and it also makes a big m ess inside your tire so tire shops aren't going to want to 51 00:03:08,349 --> 00:03:09,99 Replace your tire 52 00:03:09,99 --> 00:03:14,629 Because they don't want to take that extra time to clean the wheel and get rid of all this stuff that solidifies 53 00:03:14,819 --> 00:03:16,879 That's why I use it only in emergencies 54 00:03:16,880 --> 00:03:17,230 it is good for a backup 55 00:03:17,230 --> 00:03:21,280 But it's the last thing on my list that I would use to pump up my tire to get home 56 00:03:21,280 --> 00:03:25,759 So those are the three main methods that you can rely on and in this case 57 00:03:25,760 --> 00:03:27,310 It's been a few minutes and the tire hasn't gone down in pressure 58 00:03:27,310 --> 00:03:33,920 If in the 5-10 minutes that you waited the pressure goes down and your tire gets flat again, I wouldn't drive home 59 00:03:33,920 --> 00:03:36,429 I'd use the spare that's what it's for. In this case, We're good to go 60 00:03:36,430 --> 00:03:40,970 It should be safe to drive home, and then I'm going to show you how to plug that tire 61 00:03:40,980 --> 00:03:42,810 So it doesn't leak air anymore 62 00:03:42,810 --> 00:03:47,139 All right safe and sound at home and as you can see the tire is still 63 00:03:47,450 --> 00:03:50,899 Inflated which means we probably have a pretty slow leak 64 00:03:50,269 --> 00:03:56,869 So now we want to remove the tire from the car and you can do that with the scissor Jack and tire iron that come 65 00:03:56,870 --> 00:03:57,280 with the car if you don't have a lot of tools 66 00:03:57,280 --> 00:04:03,619 But if you have a breaker bar jack and Jack stand it'll make this job that much easier and no matter 67 00:04:03,620 --> 00:04:08,810 what jack you use if you don't know how to jack your car up you could check out the owner's manual and flip to the 68 00:04:08,810 --> 00:04:12,649 Back where it'll show you exactly what you need to do to lift the car up safely 69 00:04:12,650 --> 00:04:16,579 So let's get started the first thing you're going to want to do is break those lug nuts loose 70 00:04:16,650 --> 00:04:18,829 because if you try to do this with the tire in the air 71 00:04:18,829 --> 00:04:21,709 It's just going to Spin with all the lug nuts broken loose now 72 00:04:21,709 --> 00:04:22,769 We could jack up the car 73 00:04:22,769 --> 00:04:26,408 But before that we want to block off our rear wheel so the car doesn't roll anywhere 74 00:04:26,470 --> 00:04:32,49 Then we could place the jack on the proper jacking point and lift the wheel all the way off the ground 75 00:04:33,750 --> 00:04:38,470 And it's always a good idea to support the vehicle with a jack stand and not just the Jack now 76 00:04:38,470 --> 00:04:41,410 We could finish removing our lug nuts and remove the wheel 77 00:04:43,620 --> 00:04:47,140 Once we have the wheel off you want to make sure it's fully inflated so that you have air pressure and now we're going to 78 00:04:47,140 --> 00:04:52,879 Search for the leak the Leak is most likely a nail that's in the tread area here 79 00:04:52,10 --> 00:04:55,119 so just spin the tire and keep an eye out for any nails and 80 00:04:56,760 --> 00:05:01,939 Sometimes it can be difficult to find the leak so I have a little trick, and that's using Soapy water all 81 00:05:01,940 --> 00:05:06,489 This is is dish soap and water mixed together and what you do is. You just spray down the wheel and 82 00:05:07,340 --> 00:05:13,269 you want to keep an eye out for any areas that are bubbling up because any air leaking out is going to cause bubbles and 83 00:05:13,400 --> 00:05:17,140 You can never use too much soapy water so don't be afraid to use a lot 84 00:05:17,140 --> 00:05:20,509 oh, and you can see it right there 85 00:05:20,510 --> 00:05:23,499 And that's a perfect example of how much easier it is when you spray some soapy water 86 00:05:24,500 --> 00:05:25,300 I mean look at that bubbles right up 87 00:05:25,300 --> 00:05:28,90 And that just makes it completely obvious to where your leak is 88 00:05:28,340 --> 00:05:31,359 So I'm going to spray down the rest of the tire and make sure we don't have any leaks 89 00:05:31,490 --> 00:05:35,630 I'm just making sure the whole tire is coated in Soapy water 90 00:05:35,630 --> 00:05:36,500 And then I'm looking for any bubbles forming 91 00:05:36,500 --> 00:05:42,459 The Soapy water also helps you know when you search the whole tire the dry parts still need to get sprayed down and checked 92 00:05:42,460 --> 00:05:46,940 So after checking the entire wheel it looks like we only have one screw right there 93 00:05:46,10 --> 00:05:48,399 That needs to be removed and plugged now 94 00:05:48,400 --> 00:05:52,179 This is most likely our only leak and I'll show you how to repair that but before we do that 95 00:05:52,180 --> 00:05:56,840 We want to check out where the rim and tire meet on some wheels there could be 96 00:05:56,0 --> 00:06:02,929 Corrosion which could cause air to leak out so just spray around the whole wheel and check for bubbles, and this side looks good 97 00:06:02,930 --> 00:06:04,930 So do the same thing on the other side 98 00:06:07,770 --> 00:06:08,260 That side looks good as well 99 00:06:08,260 --> 00:06:10,260 And then the last thing to check is 100 00:06:10,430 --> 00:06:15,130 Unscrew the valve stem cap and spray right in the valve stem and look for any bubbles 101 00:06:15,130 --> 00:06:19,479 And that's another common area that could leak and cause your tire to go flat. I don't see any bubbles 102 00:06:19,479 --> 00:06:23,719 So we're good, but if there's any leaking from the rim or valve stem 103 00:06:23,720 --> 00:06:28,419 you need to remove the tire from the wheel to fix it now one thing to be mindful of is if there's any damage to 104 00:06:28,419 --> 00:06:34,909 the sidewall or the shoulder of the tire you can't repair the tire it has to be replaced those areas are a 105 00:06:34,10 --> 00:06:35,140 structural part of the tire 106 00:06:35,140 --> 00:06:40,520 But with that being said this is the only damage to the tire so let me show you how to remove 107 00:06:40,660 --> 00:06:42,660 Screw and then plug it so it's leak free 108 00:06:42,10 --> 00:06:47,739 Now that we found the leak we're going to move on to our next step and plug the leak to do that 109 00:06:47,740 --> 00:06:49,410 I'm using one of these plug kits it only cost a few bucks 110 00:06:49,410 --> 00:06:52,719 and it comes with everything you need to plug the tire and 111 00:06:52,790 --> 00:06:55,989 Before we go and remove the screw and then air start shooting out 112 00:06:55,990 --> 00:07:01,320 We want to get our plug ready, so we want to grab our plug pusher and some plugs this plug pusher 113 00:07:01,320 --> 00:07:05,980 Tool is what we're going to use to slide one of these plugs into the tire 114 00:07:05,980 --> 00:07:08,39 So get your plug it should be sticky, and it should be malleable 115 00:07:08,40 --> 00:07:12,480 So flatten down the end and slide it through the slot in the plug push your tool 116 00:07:12,480 --> 00:07:16,899 And then once it starts coming through you want to pull it halfway through 117 00:07:16,360 --> 00:07:20,709 Just like that with our plug ready you can set that aside 118 00:07:20,750 --> 00:07:23,890 And you want to grab your reamer from the kit set that aside 119 00:07:23,890 --> 00:07:27,610 And then if your kit comes with rubber cement you want to set that aside as well 120 00:07:27,610 --> 00:07:29,830 But you don't need rubber cement to do this job 121 00:07:29,830 --> 00:07:33,849 This is just an extra piece if you have it you could use it if you don't have it You don't need it 122 00:07:33,860 --> 00:07:37,170 It's also a good idea to use some eye protection. So nothing shoots out into our face now 123 00:07:37,170 --> 00:07:42,239 We want to carefully remove the screw and this is actually a really tough screw to get to because it's worn down 124 00:07:42,240 --> 00:07:45,640 I'm trying to use my flat-head screwdriver to pry it up a bit 125 00:07:45,710 --> 00:07:48,730 good, and now hopefully I could get these side cutters in there and 126 00:07:49,520 --> 00:07:50,950 Now that got it out a little bit 127 00:07:50,950 --> 00:07:55,779 I think it's better if I use a pliers and just unscrew the screw there. We go alright 128 00:07:55,850 --> 00:07:59,249 So now I'm going to remove this quickly, and it's out and then I'm going to grab my reamer 129 00:07:59,250 --> 00:08:05,619 And then I'm going to force the reamer into the hole and this can be difficult so make sure you get a kit that has 130 00:08:05,620 --> 00:08:09,850 A reamer with a T-bar handle like this, so you could really push on it and get a lot of leverage 131 00:08:09,890 --> 00:08:14,559 I'm really pressing hard. I have most of my body weight on this and this isn't going up there we go 132 00:08:14,660 --> 00:08:17,399 That wasn't going in easily now. You're gonna remove the reamer up-And-down 133 00:08:17,400 --> 00:08:22,440 It's also a good idea to twist it side to side and then again move it up and down and what we're doing is we're 134 00:08:22,440 --> 00:08:27,270 Prepping the hole for our plug. We're removing any loose rubber that will cause air leaks with the plug in there 135 00:08:27,419 --> 00:08:33,879 We're also smoothing the hole so the plug seals it if your kit comes with rubber cement or you buy some extra rubber cement 136 00:08:33,10 --> 00:08:36,609 you want to add some to the reamer and the hole and 137 00:08:36,919 --> 00:08:41,559 You're just gonna work that rubber cement in there good, and if your kid doesn't have rubber cement don't worry 138 00:08:41,560 --> 00:08:41,140 it's not 139 00:08:41,140 --> 00:08:42,430 necessary to complete the job 140 00:08:42,430 --> 00:08:48,640 Now you're going to get your plug tool ready and again if you have the rubber cement you can apply some directly to the plug 141 00:08:48,640 --> 00:08:49,810 This is going to help lubricate it 142 00:08:49,810 --> 00:08:50,920 So it pushes in easier 143 00:08:50,920 --> 00:08:53,650 And it's also going to help seal the hole a little bit better now you 144 00:08:53,840 --> 00:08:56,290 The reamer and quickly insert the plug this can be a little bit tough 145 00:08:56,470 --> 00:09:00,459 Again that T-bar is going to help and use your body weight really push it down 146 00:09:01,950 --> 00:09:05,230 After you push the plug through the tire you want about a quarter of the plug sticking out 147 00:09:05,230 --> 00:09:09,920 And then you're going to give this tool a firm pull out the tool is going to come out 148 00:09:10,190 --> 00:09:15,130 But the plug material is going to remain in the hole to stop the leak and once this completely dries 149 00:09:15,130 --> 00:09:19,670 We're going to cut it but let's give it about ten minutes to dry and seal up 150 00:09:19,740 --> 00:09:23,539 Perfectly, and you can see how that works the plug sits right in the plug tool right there 151 00:09:23,700 --> 00:09:27,430 but then when you pull [on] it the plug slides out of that slot and the tool gets removed from the tire and 152 00:09:28,530 --> 00:09:31,970 After about five ten minutes. It's not tacky anymore. It's nice and dry 153 00:09:31,970 --> 00:09:35,930 you could grab your side cutters and cut off the end of the plug and 154 00:09:35,210 --> 00:09:38,379 I want to get it flat and even with the tire, so I'm going to use a razor blade 155 00:09:40,590 --> 00:09:43,420 good now add air to the tire to the recommended pressure and 156 00:09:44,210 --> 00:09:47,110 In this case my tires get filled at 35 PSI 157 00:09:48,690 --> 00:09:54,530 Alright, I got it on the first shot and before we go and mount the tire you could use your soapy water to make sure 158 00:09:54,530 --> 00:09:59,139 That's completely sealed and not leaking any air and I don't see any bubbles. So we're ready to mount this back on the car 159 00:09:59,140 --> 00:10:04,819 I like to use my feet to help me mount the tires and then snug up all the lug nuts 160 00:10:04,400 --> 00:10:10,759 remove the Jack stand drop down the Jack so the car goes on to the ground nice and smooth and 161 00:10:10,100 --> 00:10:15,369 Then tighten down all the lug nuts in a star pattern I like to use a torque wrench to make sure they're evenly tightened 162 00:10:16,620 --> 00:10:21,680 alright, and that is everything you need to know on how to plug a leaky tire for the next few days 163 00:10:21,680 --> 00:10:26,409 You want to keep an eye on the tire pressure make sure that plug stays leak free, and you're good to go real quick 164 00:10:27,620 --> 00:10:30,280 Technically plugs aren't permanent what you're supposed to do is go to a tire shop 165 00:10:30,280 --> 00:10:35,379 They take the tire off and they patch it from the inside. Now, I have driven on a plug tire for a while 166 00:10:35,380 --> 00:10:39,650 I'm sure people will comment below sharing their experience with plug tires 167 00:10:39,660 --> 00:10:41,810 But I just want to mention if you go to the tire shop 168 00:10:41,880 --> 00:10:46,330 That you got your tires put on a lot of times they'll patch it from the inside for free but for now you're good to 169 00:10:46,330 --> 00:10:53,749 go the tire is patched and leak free and you are back on the road as always any products I used in this video 170 00:10:53,970 --> 00:10:59,720 Will be linked in the description also. I hope the video was helpful, and if you're not a subscriber consider subscribing
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