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Video:How to Use a Tire Plug

with Vinny O'Dare

Slow tire leaks can turn into big problems if they aren't addressed quickly. Learn how to use a tire plug to prevent a flat tire or blow out.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Use a Tire Plug

Hi, I'm Vinny O'Dare from Yorktown Tire and Auto Care. Today for About.com I'm going to show you how to use a tire plug.

Purchase a Tire Plug Kit

The first thing you're going to need is to go to any auto parts store and pick up a tire plug kit. Your plug insert tool, your tire plugs, your reamer, and you'll need a wire cutter to extract whatever is in the tire.

Fill Tire with Proper Amount Air

The first thing you're going to want to do is make sure there's air in the tire. Fill it up to the proper amount- this will make it easier to find the leak if there's no screw in it that you can't see and it also makes the tire stiffer so when you're trying to insert the plug the tire isn't very bendable. Squeeze the end of the plug, put it through the hole wiggle it a little bit and it'll go. Pull it about half way through and that's ready to insert.

Push Plug into the Tire

Grab it at the base and pull it out. Have your reamer ready and take it out the rest of the way. Air will start coming out and you're going to want to push the reamer to make the, you actually have to make the hole bigger, so you want to push the reamer and turn it into the tire. When you pull the reamer out, air is going to rush out so have this ready. Grab hold of the rim and push the plug into the tire. It should go in pretty tight. These plugs are self vulcanizing. They last the lifetime and once you put it in trim it. You should never have to worry about it again.
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