Ken Garff St. George Lincoln

145 W. Hilton Drive
Directions Saint George, UT 84770

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Fixing a Small Hole In a Tire

Slow leaks and small holes in tires can often be repaired at home. It's a quick, inexpensive fix that will get you back on the road in as quickly as possible.

First, purchase a tire repair kit at your local automotive store. It will come with several tools to help patch your tire. They aren't very expensive and they are simple to understand.

If you ran over small equipment,  such as a nail, and it's now stuck in your tire, surround it by tape to make it easy to locate later. Then remove the object. Use the round file in your repair kit and insert it in the tire several times. Then grab the tool that looks like a giant needle and insert one of the strings through the open eye. Stick the tool into the hole until about a half inch of the strings are sticking out. As you remove the tool, it will leave the strings in the hole as a plug. Then you can cut the remaining strings next to the tire. Fill up the tire with air to the ideal pressure.

Keep in mind that large holes, or holes on the side wall of the tire, are not repairable with these kits. In these situations, it's best to meet with professionals. Attempting to repair large holes or side-wall holes at home can lead to dangerous blow-outs while driving.

View our video to see expert tips to patch your tire in your own garage and save yourself the time and expense of having to visit a tire shop.