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Old 02-22-2015, 10:23 AM   #15
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The tire repair kits come with a little tube of rubber cement that rapidly dries up after the first use.

I'll be heading to the hardware store to get one or two of those little tubes today - slowly getting ready for the next trip.
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:13 AM   #16
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The tire repair kits come with a little tube of rubber cement that rapidly dries up after the first use.

I'll be heading to the hardware store to get one or two of those little tubes today - slowly getting ready for the next trip.
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The tire repair kit we have used for 14 years does not have separate cement. The cords used to fill the hole are coated with a tar like substance that does not seem to dry out.

The kit came with a round file like device to expand the hole a little and a tool to force the cord into the tire. It was only last year that we bought more of the cords. We purchased it at Walmarts.
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:07 PM   #17
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All that sounds good but I am not sure I understand the whole torque wrench thing. I have never used one, and have never had a wheel related issue one would have solved. Of course, I have probably over-tightened lug nuts all these years too.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:00 PM   #18
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If you have your tires tightened at a dealership they often tighten them so tight that an aging human can't remove them without an assist. I use a torque wrench to set them at a reasonable level and check them every now and then.

Once you have one loosen you become more careful.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:36 PM   #19
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Also getting our kit together, we added spare fuses. !
Excellent point, there are some fuses you can't pick up at the local hardware/auto supply store. Don't ask how I know.
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:49 PM   #20
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Paul,

The tire repair kit we have used for 14 years does not have separate cement. The cords used to fill the hole are coated with a tar like substance that does not seem to dry out.

The kit came with a round file like device to expand the hole a little and a tool to force the cord into the tire. It was only last year that we bought more of the cords. We purchased it at Walmarts.
Hi Norm,

All patching kits that I have seen have the impregnated cords, but some add this tube of rubber cement. I think they came from our local True Value. I had to fix my flat in NL last fall without the cement and it held perfectly for three months, then developed a minute leak after we had some serious cold and the rubber got hard*. Using that cement could be considered redundant, but the plugs go in easier and maybe it does result in a better fix. The replacement tube I just got at True Value came as part of the cheapest flat patch kit, about $1. No sweat.

Paul

*) That set of original tires lasted two years and 42000 miles and were replaced just in time for all that snow and ice. Today it popped up to 40F for about three hours! Only the second time since New Year, if I remember correctly.
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The plugging kit is really a temporary fix. A grease pencil should be included in the kit to mark the sidewalk where the repair was made. At the earliest possible convenient moment, take the tire to a tire shop and have it repaired properly.


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Old 02-22-2015, 05:01 PM   #22
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I agree with Carl about the tire plugs. When I was a truck mechanic we were forbidden to even use them. Trucking companies want to extend the life of a tire casing through a few retreads so are very fussy about extending casing life. I won't run any repaired car tire on the front, but that's just my personal opinion.
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All that sounds good but I am not sure I understand the whole torque wrench thing. I have never used one, and have never had a wheel related issue one would have solved. Of course, I have probably over-tightened lug nuts all these years too.
I agree, in all the years before I used a torque wrench I had no issues, and I've always rotated them myself. Of course that doesn't make it right, right is correctly torquing the lugs on both the trailer and the TV. Checking that the lugs are correct torqued is supposed to be done after the first 100 miles or so and then periodically after that.
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I have had good luck with the plugs, especially when it was a small nail that went through. A couple of cases were definitely either larger pieces of steel or sharp rocks puncturing it and those were slightly less reliable. Those happened on tires that were at least in their mid-life tread-wise. The lesson is to pay attention to the air pressure.

If I was working in or running a shop, I would definitely do what you guys said and recommend or insist on repairing them with the right kind of internal patch. It is all about responsibility for the customer's safety and good reputation in that business.
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I've only repaired screw or nail punctures, never cuts. If I had a cut I'd replace the tire. We have never had a tire plug leak and have done about 1/2 dozen over the years.

On the motor home the rule was drive 25 miles after changing a tire and re-torque the lug nuts. I do it every few months as we travel, it only takes a minute or so to do 6 tires.
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If you have your tires tightened at a dealership they often tighten them so tight that an aging human can't remove them without an assist.

I think that used to be more true, but every place I have gone lately uses a torque wrench to install lug nuts to manufacturer specs. If I ever caught a tire tech installing my lug nuts with an air wrench, I would not go there again.
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also we have the x type four size lug wrench will undo any wheel nut, but careful it can over tighten nuts.
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I like to use both plug and patch inside tire. Then do not have to worry but you have to remove tire one side of tire to do this.
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