THIS WEEK’S QUICK FIX Fix a flat tyre
Don’t get stranded by a puncture
Find the culprit
Repair kits cost around £30. Locate the cause of the puncture then carefully remove the offending item with pilers or grips. Remember, you will only be able to make a temporary repair.
Plug the hole
Cargol/gryyp type emergency repair kits, which feature a screw-in bung, are the easiest to use. Simply screw in the key-shaped repair then snap off the handle when the bung is fully inserted.
Other types of repair kit involve reaming out the hole with a special tool that comes as part of the kit then inserting a plug plus rubber cement compound into it. It’s simple enough but the other type is easier.
Gas it up
Use the CO gas
2 cartridge to inflate the tyre. Check the repair is air-tight by putting spit over the repair and checking for bubbles. You’ll make it home fine but book into your dealer as soon as possible.