On vehicle tyre repair and how to blow up again

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 14:51
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Hi all,

What is needed to reinflate a tyre after you repair a leak with a tubeless tyre repair kit?
Do you need a compressor or can a manual foot pump be used (albeit with much effort)?
If a compressor will one of the cheapies suffice given that it will not be used much?
I do not do beach driving so have little need for frequent pressure changes.

Also, are there any recommendations for an appropriate repair kit. The basic ones I have seen appear around $35.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 15:03

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 15:03
Yes you will need a compressor of some sort. Whilst you MAY be able to get away with a K-Mart cheapie, as with most things, you get what you pay for.
When your ability to survive depends upon it, it is worth having a decent compressor in your kit. $200+ will get you a fairly reliable unit.

Basic repair kits seem to be okay and I don't think there is anything to be gained by spending $100- on the ARB one in the red plastic box. That might sound like a contradiction from what i said above about compressors. However, part of being "smart" is being able to pick the rip-offs v decent quality stuff.
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Follow Up By: Outnabout David (SA) - Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 16:07

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 16:07
I would still go the safety seal kit at $100. i think nyou will find you get more plugs than some iof the cheaper ones plus you get a tool which in effect is a depth stop to stop you pushing the plug in too far or pulling it ot with the needle. probably better for the inexperiendced or if you don't have to use it very often.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 15:20

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 15:20
If it has not come of the bead a foot pump will do the job .............. once then you will go out and buy a compressor. I have a truck air compressor about 100 bucks which is air cooled and rated to run continuously but sloooooooooow last beach trip I did I got a blue tongue from work - much better
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Reply By: Well 55 - Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 15:20

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 15:20
The bueaty of 12volt compressors is it that you can have air going into your tyre as you are doing the repair, and when you have plugged the hole its only a matter of topping it up to the required pressure.

Most of the plug repair kits are ok for just the odd one off repair, for an extended trip I would recommend the larger kits, and double up on the amount of plugs.
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Reply By: John - Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 15:29

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 15:29
Dear Phil
I broke 2 cheap air compressors, at an average of only 6 months each, pumping up my boat tires.
Now I have an ARB.
I wouldnt like to be in the middle of no where and relying on one of cheap electic pumps.
Sorry never tried a foot pump.
Cheers John
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Follow Up By: japmel - Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 21:02

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 21:02
OK I have to know,????????

What do you need tyres of a boat for....lol
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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Friday, Jan 21, 2005 at 01:12

Friday, Jan 21, 2005 at 01:12
Bazz's boat had wheels until it sunk -wheels for driving on terra-firma when you're not floating down the creek
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Follow Up By: Squizzy - Friday, Jan 21, 2005 at 07:31

Friday, Jan 21, 2005 at 07:31
Hey Bazz, you're not going to live that one down for a while mate.

I know the feeling, I drowned a car on a beach about 16 years ago, and still get remarks about it.....

Geoff.
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, Jan 21, 2005 at 10:57

Friday, Jan 21, 2005 at 10:57
Jeez guys and the threads not even about the Explorer lol.

Baz.

R.I.P. mighty X
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 16:28

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 16:28
I used to use a hand pump years ago - a fair bit of work, but does the job. The $20 electric pumps are totally useless.

Agree with Well 55. When you get a puncture, first thing to do is get the pump going - then you can identify the leak, and you need a bit of pressure in the tyre to effectively use the plugs.

The good thing also with the Safety Seal kit is the tools are all metal. I've seen plastic handle tools where the handle comes away from the shaft.

Cheers
Phil G
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Reply By: Member Eric - Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 17:21

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 17:21
The only way to re seal the bead is with a GOOD compressor , something like a max air or blue tonge ect ect . Dont forget to remove the valve to get max air flow . Dont forget that your tyre and rim will have muck around it which makes re sealing a little harder . I had a truck air and couldnt reseal beads for the life of me . I now have a max air and have done it many times .
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Jan 21, 2005 at 12:25

Friday, Jan 21, 2005 at 12:25
A simple short hose between two valves works too. Just using another tyre as an air tank.
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Reply By: Member - David C (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 20:02

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 20:02
In most cases to seat the bead you need either one of two things. A high volume blast of air to seat the bead or a ratchet strap to put around the circumfrence of the tyre done up real tight to ensure bead is pressing against the rim whilst inflating. Some sort of liquid soap is also good to help the bead pop easily. Otherwise air will just escape past the bead.

Regards
David
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