More than two thirds of cars now come with
a tire repair kit instead of a spare wheel. And while these kits aren’t always popular
With drivers, if your car has one, you’ll need to know how to use it. If you get a puncture,
pull over and stop as soon as you find a safe place. Preferably away from traffic, apply
the handbrake and switch your engine off. and turn on your hazard lights if necessary.
Now take a look at the puncture. sealing kits will only fill holes up to to about 4mm across.
so if you’ve got a nail in your tire, thats fine. but if the tires torn or the alloy wheel
itself is damaged you’re going to need to call a breakdown service. You’ll find your
repair kit in the boot. It will either be in the side panels, or as
here under the boot floor. Now it consists of 2 parts, the bottle of sealant and the
compressor for pumping up the tyres If you do have an object like a nail in your tire,
don’t use a compressor for pumping up the tires. try to remove it. Just unscrew the
valve cap and attach the sealant bottle And once attached, the pressurised sealant
will spread around inside the tire. On this Toyota the air compressor for inflating the
tires, is then attached to the back of bottle However on many other cars, youll need to
unscrew the bottle and attach the air compressor directly to the valve on the tire. now its time to inflate your tire. So take
the lead from the compressor and plug it into the cigarette lighter or 12 volt socket inside
your car. Then start the engine. Now turn the compressor on and inflate the tire until
it reaches the recommended pressure shown in your cars handbook. If the tire isn’t in
place properly, try rolling the car a few meters forward to help the sealant spread
around. If that doesnt work You might still need to
call a breakdown service. If you manage to repair the tire, well done. You can carry
on driving, but you’ll need to stop a couple of miles down the road to check your tire
pressures again, and remember this is only a temporary fix; so drive gently and keep
your speed below 50 miles an hour. When you get to a garage remember you’ll need
to buy a new can of sealant and a new tyre. Which tests every aspect of tyre performance
from wet braking to wear. So check our reviews before you buy.
When you get to a garage, remember that you’ll need to buy a new can of sealant and a new
tire; Which tests every aspect of tire performance, from wet breaking to wear, so check our reviews
before you buy.