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Tire Repair Step 1: Identify and Assess
Remove the tire from the rim to thoroughly inspect both the inside and outside of the tire.
- Although a tire may appear to be a simple fix from the outside, the item that punctured your tire could have caused damage to the interior sidewall of the tire. This is why it's necessary to remove the tire from the rim.
Tire Repair Step 2: Prepare Repair Area
Once the tire is deemed repairable, remove the item that punctured the tire if necessary, and prepare the inner liner surface with a rubber buffer and/or pre-buffer cleaner. The area is then scraped to remove any type of debris.
Tire Repair Step 3: Remove Damaged Cords and Stabilize AreaUsing a carbide cutter on a low speed, drill into the puncture area starting from the inside of the tire, at least three times, to remove all the damaged cords and stabilize the area. Repeat this process starting from the outside of the tire, then vacuum any steel shavings or rubber dust left on the inside of the tire.
Tire Repair Step 4: Apply Vulcanizing CementApply vulcanizing cement to the puncture area on the inner liner.
Tire Repair Step 5: Install Rubber Plug and Patch ComboPlugging the hole from the inside out, pull the rubber repair plug (aka stem) end of the patch and plug combo through the puncture area. Cut the excess amount of the plug from the outside of the tire so it's flush with the tire tread.
Tire Repair Step 6: Stitch the Tire PatchUsing a stitcher tool, press firmly from the middle of the tire repair patch to the outside repeatedly to make sure there is no air trapped between the tire patch and the inner liner of the tire. Remove the plastic from the tire repair patch.
Tire Repair Step 7: Apply Liner SealerApply inner liner sealer to the buffed area around the tire repair patch.
Tire Repair Step 8: Rebalance and Mount Tire
Mount the tire back on the rim, inflate the proper air pressure, and rebalance the tire wheel assembly. The repair is then checked for air leaks before it is installed back on to your vehicle.
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Estimated Service Time
A typical tire repair service can take 60-90 minutes.
*Time may vary due to severity of the repair or maintenance, and manufacturer specs. Check your local Sullivan Tire and Auto Service for a true time estimate.