If you own a motorcycle or scooter you are bound to have a flat tire sometime. Knowing how to repair your tire can save you a lot of time and money. You should always carry a tire repair kit with you to help you get the job done. Here’s how to repair the flat tire.
Step 1 – The Repair Kit
It is very important to have the repair kit stashed away on your motorcycle or scooter, so that you are ready for an emergency.
Step 2 – Checking your Tire
Start by checking your tire for nails or any other sharp object that may have caused the puncture. If there are no nails or sharp objects embedded in your tire, check the stem. You might have a faulty valve.
Step 3 – Remove any Embedded Object
If there any embedded objects, use the pliers to pry it out of the tire and check for any other embedded object that may be in the tire. If you are using a tubeless tire, you may want to leave the nail in the tire until you are ready to insert the plug. In case your tire has a tube you will need to remove the nail and mark the area so that you can find it easily.
Step 4 – Remove the Tire
If your tire has a tube you will have to remove the tire to apply the patch to the tube.
Step 5 – Finding the Puncture
Remove the tube from the tire, fill the tube with air and immerse it in water to find the puncture.
Step 6 – Apply a Glue Patch
Release the air and wipe the area clean with a cloth. Rough up the area and apply a glue patch over the punctured area and let it dry for a few minutes. Fit it back into the tire and fill the tire with the right amount of air.
Step 7 - Clean the Area
For tubeless tires, clean the area of the tire that needs to be fixed. Use cloth and water to clean the tire of all dirt and dust. Rough up the punctured area with the insertion device so that the plug sticks properly.
Step 8 – Rubber Glue
Apply some rubber glue to the insertion device and plug it into the punctured spot. You should apply just enough rubber glue on the plug before inserting it into the tire, the rubber glue should not drip from the plug. Use the insertion device to insert the plug into the hole in the tire.
Step 9 – Remove the Insertion Device
After you have inserted the plug into the tire, slowly remove the insertion device by pulling it out.
Step 10 – Fill the Tire
Use the air pump to fill the tire with air and make sure you fill it to the right pressure.
Step 11 – Checking the Tire
Pour some water over the area you just repaired. There should be no air bubbles coming out from the area.
Step 12 – Finishing
Check that your tire has the right amount of air pressure before riding your vehicle again.