It's never real easy to fix a truck tire, but you can save some time and energy if you have the proper tools and
use some energy saving tips. The first step is determining the size of the hole or damage to determine whether to use
a Safety Seal tire plug or Xtra Seal truck tire patches.
If the tire is flat and needs beading, you could try filling with air, packing the bead with Rema Mounting Compound, Murphy Soap or grease,
or spraying the inside of the tire with starting fluid and then igniting, to explode the tire to bead. Any one or a combination of these methods
should get the job done.
Once the tire is filled with air, and you have found the hole by spraying the tire with water, mark the hole or damage with chalk or paint stix.
For a nail hole, you could use an 8" Safety Seal tire plug with their 8" Insert Tool and 8" T-Probe, to fix the tire.
If the hole is small you might try drilling the hole first.
Some will put the T-Probe needle into a drill, to help probe the hole before inserting the tire plug. Just make sure you probe the tire, to push the
steal belts out of the way, so the insert needle doesn't catch a steal belt, which can break the insert needle.
However, if the damage is a slit rather then a nail hole, you will have to patch the tire from the
inside. The tire will now have tobe removed from the rim
with mount/dismount truck tire repair tools, spoons and tire wedges. Ken Tool truck tire
repair tools are the finest
mount/dismount tools in the US, and for most truck tires a 37" Kentool T45A Tire Iron, Ken Tool T19A Spoon
and a Ken Tool TG11E Tire Wedge
can be used to dismount the tire from the rim. You can purchase these Ken Tool truck tire
repair tools, for as little as $208.
With the tire removed from the rim inspect the damage to choose what size patch to use.
There are many sizes to choose from Xtra Seal Truck Tire Patches.
The two most popular sizes can be purchased for $56 for 1 box of 20 patches and 1 box of 10.
Once you know what size patch to use, you can start preping the tire surface by grinding or removing the grey film or silicon resin that's used by
the tire manufacturers to remove the tires from the dyes more easily. The patch cement will not stick to this grey film and it has tobe removed entirely
from the tire patch surface. In all cases, the resin has to be ground, with wire brushes or sanding pads, to the raw tire.
Xtra Seal also puts out a 32 oz buffer solution, called "Rubber Prep",
that can be applied after grinding, to make extra sure that all the silicon resin is removed from the patch area.
In some cases you might need a portable truck
tire spreader, to make the patch area easily accessable.
With a clean patch area you can apply the vulcanizing cement (flammable), to the cleaned surface, light the cement to burn off any petroleum,
that keeps the cement liquid, then apply the patch and roll the patch with a stitcher.
Clean the rim with a wire hand brush or grinder to remove any buildup. All the tools needed to prep and patch
tires, including patches, can be purchased for $49.00.
Remount the tire with Ken Tool Truck Tire Repair Tools,
fill with air until the tire beads to the rim. Beading can be achieved with air, applying mounting compound or grease, and or spraying the inside with starting fluid and igniting
to explode the tire to the rim.
Continue filling with air and check the tire preasure to specs and your done.