There’s never a good time to get a flat tyre, so knowing how to overcome the challenges it presents is essential. Whether you’re on the driveway or stuck at the side of the road, there are a number of options available to get your vehicle mobile quickly and effectively.
For most people, the solution will be to replace the flat tyre with the spare, changing it permanently with a brand new tyre at a time that is convenient. However, it may be the case that your vehicle doesn’t come with a spare. In such instances, you will usually instead be provided with a puncture repair kit which will help you stem any puncture and ensure you’re able to keep driving. Below, we take a look at the steps to take to use a suitable repair kit.
Step 1: Prepare the vehicle
If you’re out on the roads when you experience the puncture, it’s essential that you manoeuvre the vehicle to a flat, safe environment and make sure that all passengers exit the vehicle. Check the handbrake is secure and remove the sealant and compressor from the boot.
Step 2: Locate puncture
Take the time to identify the precise location of the puncture and determine the severity of any issues. Note that, should the hole be over 4mm or on the sidewall or shoulder of the tyre, it’s unlikely that the puncture repair kit will be able to repair the problem.
Step 3: Connect the repair kit
The repair kit should come with a instructions detailing how to fit to the tyre, with most requiring you to manually squeeze the sealant into the tyre via an adapter. Once the sealant is in the tyre, attach the compressor to the valve and connect to the 12v socket/cigarette lighter in the vehicle.
Step 4: Inflate the tyre
Start the vehicle and switch on the compressor. This will inflate the tyre to the correct pressure as stated in the vehicle handbook. Once completed, you should be able to continue driving for a limited duration, giving you time to replace the tyre with a new one.
Using a puncture repair kit is only a temporary measure and you should look to replace your tyre as soon as possible. You can contact your local Gates dealership in Essex, Hertfordshire and London, to purchase a replacement and have it fitted professionally.