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How To Permanently Repair Your Tire

posted Apr 12, 2018, 7:16 PM by Silvio Vincini   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 7:20 PM]

How To Permanently Repair Your Tire

Never had a flat tire before? Consider yourself to be fortunate. Whether you are driving a car or riding a motorcycle, a flat tire is a serious annoyance. It forces us as riders to stop and address the issue because we need proper tires. In this post, we will discuss how to permanently repair a flat tire.

First, let’s confirm what a permanent repair means. A permanent repair on a motorcycle tire is a method of both plugging the punctured hole and patching the puncture. This is a common repair method for tire manufacturers and repair shops.

Take the Wheel off the Bike & take the tire off the wheel

Once you have removed the wheel from the bike, use a tire machine to remove the tire from the rim. Once you have the tire, place it on a working desk in a good light where you can see what you are doing. Here, you will need to concentrate as you don’t want to worsen the tire further, especially if you intend on reusing it.

To complete a permanent repair, you will need a plug patch kit at your disposal to get the job done. Essentially, a plug patch kit is made from a rubber patch which relates to a rubber plug and is used to push through the metal hole in the tire and then pull it through. This must be installed from the inside of the tire.


Remove the object that caused the puncture

To repair any tire, you must remove the object that is causing the whole in the first place. Using sandpaper to rough up the inside of the tire so that the patch being used can be effectively applied in conjunction with rubber cement.

Note: for small punctures in the middle of a tire, this method can work. However, punctures on the side of the tire it may be impossible to repair. Once the sandpaper has been used on the inside surface of the tire, you will need to use the rubber cement on the inside of the tire. In addition to the tire, apply the rubber cement to the patch itself, which will soften and vulcanize the rubber. The whole purpose of this repair is that it both fills the void punctured by the tire and it seals the tire from the inside.


Feed the patch through the whole
While feeding the patch through the hole from the inside, grab a pair of pliers and pull the tip of the patch from the reverse side of the tire. Try to get a firm grip on the metal sheet and pull it completely through until you are left with the rubber patch filling the whole. Now, let the patch vulcanize and cure for around 10 minutes and then put the wheel back on the rim.

Then, inflate the tire and see if it holds air. If it does, you have successfully repaired the tire. Hopefully, you have now learned how to do a permanent repair on a motorcycle tire.

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