What To Do When Your Car Gets A Two Tires Blowout
What do you do if two of your car’s tires are blown while you’re away from civilization. A must for you is to make it to the service station with minimal detriment. How to manage this? Let’s start with the best case scenario: your car’s tires are tubeless, there are a pump, a leveling jack, a wheel wrench and tire repair kit, and a spare wheel at hand. In this case try locating the puncture while pumping the rear wheel somewhat. Ordinary water will help you. Bubbles of air will be seen once the water contacts the point of puncture. This can be noticed particularly well if a soap solution if applied rather than ordinary water. If air leakage is not visible yet, drive forward half a meter so that the tire turns with the unexamined section up. If this didn’t help discovering the puncture, raise the car with a leveling jack and slowly rotate the wheel while pouring the water onto it. If the puncture is still out of the view, remove the wheel completely and submerge it into the nearby pond or puddle, turning it slowly and examining tread sections one by one. Once the puncture is detected, the tire repair plug from the tire repair kit is glued and is driven into the puncture. That’s it; the wheel is operational and is ready for further use. The same is applied to the second tire. Even if a spare tire is mounted – it’s only in case a wheel is beyond repairable for one reason or another, or you just can’t be bothered to repair it. In addition to tire repair plugs, tire repair wires that are folded inside the tire using the special tool are an option. The biggest issue is getting a tire repair kit before a wheel is damaged. And in most cases the wheel is repaired even without removing it off a car. If you didn’t purchase the kit in time, then gluing a standard self-tapping screw (just pick the thickest one) and inserting it into the point of puncture should suffice for at least making it to a service station. You can even do without gluing it, the screw filling the puncture hole is enough to prevent the air leaking so intensely. Once the tire is flat – pump it again and again … All the way to a service station.
Tubed wheel puncture is a more complicated case. What do you do in this situation? Roll the wheel until the valve is on the underside. Unscrew the air-valve. Use a hand pump (if you bother to disassemble it afterwards), a syringe (if there is one at hand) or a straw and a ton of patience to pour approximately 1,5 l of water into the tube. Screw the air-valve back into place. Roll the wheel so that a damaged section is on the underside. Pump it. Drive towards the nearby tire shop like there’s no tomorrow. Water is much more viscous than air, and centrifugal force of wheel rotation will spread it evenly all over the inner surface of the tire so that the liquid will not allow the air to exit the puncture, while leaking quite slowly itself. Incidentally, the same method can be used to restore the capacity of tubeless tire, if there are no screws or repair kit at hand. But truth be told, removing water from tubeless wheel afterwards is one hell of a pain in the backside. There is a category of drivers who do not have pump in their car. Well, indeed – what for? You can always mount a spare tire and repair the damaged one later. However, in the described circumstances such “reasonable approach” may come back to bite you later.
What do you do to save the tire and continue your voyage? There is a great, simple and reliable way, which, however, must not be applied under any circumstances! It is about dropping a little gasoline into an air-valve hole, after which you wait, allowing it to evaporate, and then tapping a match and … Kaboom! The wheel is full of pressure. Or is shredded to pieces. Depends on your luck. Only the most skilled opt for this technique, and I don’t recommend checking it first-hand. Although knowing of it might be useful for the general awareness. For the hopeless cases.
How to get to the tire shop, if you got no helpers all – neither the tools, nor repair kit, nor the leveling jack? In such completely hopeless situation try finding a long and sturdy stick or a wooden bar to use as a lever. Such lever can raise a car as good as a leveling jack, when put underneath it and pushed properly. Then, having fastened the end of a bar to the edge of the wheel rim and having put any weight on the edge of a tire, you can easily pull the tire off of a rim by simply pushing on the long lever. Once you have access to the inner space of tire – get your clothes off. Undress yourself, your wife, girlfriend, friends and acquaintances, collect all possible clothes and rags and stuff the tire with them. A tire should be stuffed to the max; otherwise it doesn’t make sense to even initiate that difficult procedure. You can then mount a wheel back and continue the voyage, slowly and carefully. It should be noted that the rags inside the tire do not make it an operational one, but merely prevent its compression and jamming by the wheel rim. Driving with that construction is not option – only rolling over is.
Let summarize shortly. In tough uninhabited environment: leveling jack can essentially be replaced with the long lever; wheel wrench – with the spanner of appropriate size; compressor and pump – with gasoline and a match; tire repair kit – with bottle of water or a batch of unneeded clothes (or at least it will be like that after an experience inside the tire). But if you have come to a conclusion that it would be a good idea to at least have a tire repair kit and a cigarette lighter powered compressor at the back of the trunk during a long-distance trip – I vehemently agree. While in urban environment however, you really can do completely without a spare wheel.