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Know Your Car Basics 101: Life Saving Good Tire Puncture Kits

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Imagine this scenario: It’s Chinese New Year, you’re driving along, and suddenly, you experience a tire puncture. To make matters worse, all the tire shops are closed. In such situations, having a tire puncture kit can be a lifesaver. However, with numerous options available in the market, it’s essential to understand the basics before making a purchase.

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When Tire Shops Are Closed

In the last 20 years or so, I had several instances of having the tires punctured due to nails or screws although it rarely happens these days, thanks to the quality of tires in the market. The worst incident of a puncture would be when I drove out for personal work lunchtime and had to park where no one dared to park and ended up with a nasty puncture. The tire was almost flat by the time, I  l had finished work.

I will take out the punctured tires and fix the spare tire to get it fixed at the nearest tire shop. Once instead of a screw or nail, there was a metal plate stuck to the tire between the side wall & at the footprint and when I pulled the metal strip, a large gust of air came out. It’s a good thing I had parked the car in a space at a petrol station before checking the tires.

Types of Tire Puncture Kits

In the olden days, one could not fix a puncture yourself because you didn’t have the crucial tools namely the puncture patch and the metal to push the patch in. Further opening the wheel nuts is a nightmare considering it is often tightened at the workshops using a pneumatic nut driver. Things have changed these days as you can get almost anything online.

Puncture Kit Online Tire DIY

Tire puncture kits on sale online for less than RM20.00 would be one of the crucial tools to be in the car for emergencies especially when tire shops are far away or closed. Image source: Shopee

When it comes to tire puncture kits, there are primarily two types of puncture kits that are being sold online or in DIY shops:

Plug Kits

It consists of rubber plugs and a tool to insert them into the punctured area. They provide a temporary fix and are suitable for small punctures.

On the plus side, plug kits are typically easy to use and can provide a quick fix for punctured tires, allowing you to get back on the road without needing a professional repair immediately. They are also relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of having a tire patched or replaced by a professional.

However, there are downsides to consider as well. Plug kits are often seen as a temporary solution; they may not last as long as a professional repair and could potentially lead to further damage if not applied correctly. Additionally, using a plug kit may void the warranty on your tire, and they are not suitable for all types of punctures, particularly those on the sidewall of the tire.

Patch Kits

Patch kits use a combination of a patch and adhesive to repair the punctured area. They offer a more permanent solution and are ideal for larger punctures.

Advantages include cost-effectiveness, as patch kits are generally inexpensive compared to the cost of replacing an entire item. They also offer convenience for quick fixes, allowing for immediate repair without the need for specialized tools or professional assistance. Patch kits can extend the life of products like bicycle tires, inflatable items, and clothing, making them environmentally friendly by reducing waste.

However, there are also disadvantages. Patch kits may not provide a permanent solution; the repaired item may not regain its original strength or functionality, leading to potential safety concerns. The appearance of a patched item may also be less aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, using a patch kit requires a certain level of skill and patience to ensure a successful repair. If applied incorrectly, the patch may fail, necessitating further repairs or even replacement of the item.

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Although this video states that the puncture kits should be used as a temporary solution, the reality of things is that this is the same solution used by most tire shops and is considered the permanent solution (other than buying a new tire of course). It possible that these patch gets worn off and leaks air which may require double patches to be applied on the same puncture.

Factors to Consider

Before purchasing a tire puncture kit, consider the following factors:

  • Tire Size: Ensure that the kit is compatible with your tire size. Different kits cater to different tire sizes.
  • Quality: Look for kits made with durable materials to ensure long-lasting repairs.
  • Ease of Use: Opt for kits that come with clear instructions and user-friendly tools.
  • Portability: If you frequently travel long distances, choose a compact and portable kit that can easily fit in your vehicle.

Using a Tire Puncture Kit

While each kit may have specific instructions, the general steps for using a tire puncture kit are as follows:

  1. Locate the puncture by inspecting the tire carefully.
  2. Remove any debris from the punctured area.
  3. For plug kits, insert the rubber plug into the puncture using the provided tool.
  4. For patch kits, apply the adhesive to the patch and firmly press it onto the punctured area.
  5. Allow the repair to set according to the kit’s instructions.
  6. Inflate the tire to the recommended pressure and recheck for any leaks using soapy water.

Remember, a tire puncture kit is a temporary solution. It is crucial to have your tire professionally repaired or replaced the tires as soon as possible for long-term safety.

Final Say

By understanding the basics of tire puncture kits, one can be better prepared for unexpected situations like a tire puncture during the Chinese New Year when almost all the tire shops are closed. Stay safe on the roads!

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