Tire Plugs, Tire Patches, Truck Tire Repair Tools
Tire Plugs, Tire Patches, Truck Tire Repair Tools

"Tire Repair Tools for Pluging Tires"

"Tire Repair Tools for Patching Tires"

"Truck Tire Repair Tools"

Tire Repair Tools for Pluging Tires

__ Plugging a tire is not real difficult if you have the right tools. To start, you have to first decide whether you can plug the tire as it sets on the car. If you can't see the cause of the leaking tire visually. Then you would have to pour water on the tire to see where the leak is or you would have to dismount the tire and test the tire in some kind of test tank. Either way you should air up the tire and find the leak. If the leak is at the base of the tire and not on the side of the tire, you can repair the tire with a plug.

__ The first step is to mark the leak with chalk or a Paint Stik. With the tire aired up, you then probe the tire with a T-Probe, to push the steel belts, within the tire, out of the way so the insert tool can slide in without any inhibition. Its very important to probe the leak, so the insert needle won't catch on the steel belts which can damage the needle or worse, actually break the insert needle.

__ With the probe stuck in the tire, you can prepare a plug into the insert tool. The tire plugs we recommend are Safety Seal which are the best tire plugs you will find. Extra seal is our next best recommendation because it is lowwer in price. The tire plugs come in 4" and 8" lengths. The 4" tire plugs are for automotive tires and the 8" tire plugs are for truck tires. To prepare the plug, simply squeeze the end of the plug and thread it into the needle of the insert tool. Once the plug is set with the insert tool, then you can pull the T-Probe out of the tire and push the insert with plug into the hole. The tire plug should have excess of 1/2" to 3/4" protruding out of the tire, which should be trimmed with a razor blade or our suggestion is to use a diagonal cutting pliers. It also becomes a handy tool for removing nails and screws from the tires.You can check out tire plug prices at: Tire Patches & Tire Plugs

Tire Repair Tools for Patching Tires

__ To patch a tire you first have to find the leak. After airing up the tire, either you can see or feel where the tire is leaking or you have to poor water over the tire or dip the tire into a test tank. However you find the leak you then mark on the outside of the tire, where the leak is. You next have to remove the tire from the rim by first letting the air out of the tire with a core remover. You could depress the valve core to let the air out,but if it takes 5 to 10 minutes for each tire, you will then see the need for a good core remover. After you remove the air from the tire, and you don't have a tire machine, you can remove the tire with any 2 general purpose tire irons.

__ To remove the tire from the rim, you first must break the bead of the tire with the first tire iron. Holding the first tire iron, you keep prying the tire with the second tire iron until the tire lies outside of the rim. Follow the same procedure to the underside of the tire, until the tire is completely removed from the rim.

__ With the tire removed from the rim, you should observe the inside of the tire where you will see a grey film covering the whole inside of the tire. This film is a silicon resin that is put on the dies, to remove the tires more easily from the dies when manufactured. It is this grey film that has to be removed, before you can lay the patch, because nothing sticks to this resin. There are two ways for removing this grey film, the first is to grind the tire with a cone like brush The second method is to apply "Rubber Prep" which is a specialized petroleum liquid that comes in a 32 oz container. Some tire repair shops use both methods, to be sure their is no film where the patch is to be layed. You will also find it to be a necessity to spread the tire while you remove the grey film. It is sometimes very hard to clean the tire and to apply the patch without spreading the tire first. We sell a good tire spreader that is adjustable to handle even small truck tires.

__ With the tire surface clean, you can then apply the vulcanizing cement, to cover an area slightly more then the surface area of the patch. Some like to light the cement with a lighter to hasten the drying time of the cement. That is why flammable cement is by far the most popular, to quicken the drying time. After this certain wait state for the cement to dry some, you can then lay the patch over the cement. Now to make sure that the patch is thoroughly in place, you have to roll the patch with a stitcher, that is the wood handled roller you see in the picture above. You can check out tire patch prices at: Tire Patches & Tire Plugs

__ Remount the tire with the two tire irons. Once the tire is back on the rim, coordinate or bead up the tire so it will accept the air to refill it, replace the valve core and check the air pressure with a tire guage. We handle various types of tire air guages, including a top of the line Milton Tire Inflator. You can check out Air Fitting prices at: Air Fittings


Truck Tire Repair Tools

__ After a tire is removed from the truck axel, you can demount / mount a tire with the following tools. First things first you have to let the air out of the tire by removing the valve stem core, with a truck valve core remover. The hammer like tool, which is called a "Bead Breaker" or "Wedge" is used to initially break the bead of the tire from the rim, so a tire iron can be placed between the rim and the tire. To start the prying process, we use a standard 37" Kentool T45A Tire Iron. You can see from the croped picture of the front end of the tire iron, how it is formed and how It is well designed for prying heavy truck tires. Once you start the prying process, you hold the tire iron in place, and take the 24" Kentool T19 Spoon and continue prying the tire until the tire overlaps the rim. Then you do the underside of the tire with the same process, until the tire is completely removed from the rim. You can check out our Kentool line of tools at: Tire Repair Tools

___ With the tire off the rim and you decide to patch the tire, you will need something to spread the tire so you can clean the tire from the inside, before laying the patch. We offer a fine manual truck tire spreader as you can see in the tools picture. Its very versatile being light weight and portable so it can easily be moved from one location to another.

___ We handle Xtra Seal Agricultural, Heavy Loader, Truck Patches. All the patches shown are 1 and 2 ply radial tire patches. They are recommended for agricultural, heavy loader and any semi truck tire. You can check the price/box, box quantity and patch sizes at:Tire Patches & Tire Plugs

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