How to Patch Boat Trailer Tires

What You'll Need
A tire kit
A car jack
Jack stands
A pry bar
A lug wrench
A torque wrench
An air compressor

Boat trailer tires can lose air, due to a nail or any other sharp object, creating a puncture. This problem can be simply and easily repaired with the right tools and materials.

Step 1 – Securing the Trailer

Position the jack at the middle of the trailer. Use your jack to raise the trailer. Place the jack stand under the trailer, to keep it in its raised position.

Step 2 – Removing the Tire

Use the lug wrench to loosen and remove the lugs from the damaged tire. Remove the tire from the wheel. Press on the valve in order to deflate the tire. Use the pry bar to detach the tire bead from the rim of the wheel.

Step 3 – Repairing the Tire

Inspect the damaged tire. Check for any punctures or holes. Use your patch kit to seal any holes or punctures that are less than ¼ of an inch in diameter. Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the patch kit before you begin.

Step 4 – Filling the Tire

Position the tire on the wheel. Fill the tire with the air compressor. Use the torque wrench to secure the lugs. Take the jack stands out from under the trailer. Lower and remove the car jack as well. Test the tire at a low speed. Gradually increase the speed to a maximum of 40 miles per hour, to be sure the trailer is moving properly.