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Old 23rd September 2008, 10:04   #1
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I got a puncture in my the rear left tyre of my MJD while on a trip the previous weekend. I don't know where the puncture is and the tyres are tubeless so I was wondering if I could just buy a tubeless tyre repair kit and do it myself. If so, which brand is of good quality?
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You can very easily do it yourself. Buy the sarv brand, its good. I have fixed one punture myself and is still going strong. You better buy the repair kit from the main distributor himself, that is Millivision. near lalbagh main gate.(the one near urvashi theatre). Its on the road which goes from the signal on lalbagh main gate to west gate. Buy only 5 adhesive sticks as not many will be used. The repair kit comprises everything except the plier to remove the nail. Buy the plier elsewhere. All instructions are mentioned in the kit.

If you need info on fixing the puncture using a repair kit. Browse through the forum. Also its always safe to keep a repair kit handy.

EDIT: Many times its difficult to notice a puncture in a tubeless tyre, as the nail forms a plug and does not let go off the air easily.

The air goes off only when you pull out the nail, so if you are careful to plug the hole with the adhesive soon after you remove the nail and prepare the tire for the repair, you can drive to a pump if its nearby and get the air filled. There is also no need to even remove the wheels from the vehicle. All you need to do is jackup and check for the puncture using a bottle of water. Just turn the wheel and put water on the tire. You will notice bubbles and that is where the puncture is.

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Hi zaks,
Since your tyres are tubeless, you can DIY. I have tubeless tyres on both my cars and fix the punctures myself. Very easy once you get the hang of it. I'll share with you what I did. First few punctures, I watched the puncture repair chap fix it. Then I bought myself a 'Sarv' puncture repair kit for ~Rs.300(come with instructions) and did it myself. My success rate has been 4 times out of 5.

PS: You'll need a foot pump to fill in air after you have fixed the puncture. Get the tyre pressure checked at a fuel pump as the one on the foot pump is not very accurate.

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Thanks guys, I will go there today and get a kit and try it out myself. One thing though, the tyre is half flat already and I don't think there are any nails. I suspect it is due to some rough driving I did on some really bad roads on the trip.
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Thanks guys, I will go there today and get a kit and try it out myself. One thing though, the tyre is half flat already and I don't think there are any nails. I suspect it is due to some rough driving I did on some really bad roads on the trip.

If its flat and and no nails visible. Then its better to fill it up with air and then check. Also if you have a repair kit yourself, you can get it fixed up at the puncture shop using your kit. It will cost less.
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It will cost less.
Why would you not spend 50 - 100 bucks & have a tyre shop do the repairs? You would save like what....25 bucks? But without the expertise and (probably) the spare time.
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Umm, but expertise in a tubeless repair? You lost me there.

And this seems marginal - let him learn the trade - max by seeing a friend do it. else the day he goes driving into remote ghats, he'll do his first DIY without help.

He won't get competent tubeless repair guys outside the city so why not learn.
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Why would you not spend 50 - 100 bucks & have a tyre shop do the repairs? You would save like what....25 bucks? But without the expertise and (probably) the spare time.
Hmm.. not a bad idea. I will get the kit and get it done by the repair shop this time but watch closely so that I can do it myself the next time
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Why would you not spend 50 - 100 bucks & have a tyre shop do the repairs? You would save like what....25 bucks? But without the expertise and (probably) the spare time.
Its always good if we have professional help, but having a repair kit and knowing how to fix a tubeless repair always helps, as outside cities not many puncture shops know to fix a tubeless tire puncture and may also damage it using the wrong adhesives.

About costing less part : I meant if we have repair kit ourselves. we need to pay the puncture guy only for the labor and not for the consumables.
They tend to overcharge for tubeless tire repair.

Also its best to learn from the professional before attempting to do it for the first time reading just instructions.

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Hmm.. not a bad idea. I will get the kit and get it done by the repair shop this time but watch closely so that I can do it myself the next time
Yup, that's the best way. Observe how he does it & if possible, carry your camera & take pictures of the same for future reference. I've been looking to do a DIY Tubeless puncture repair guide for a while but haven't gotten around to doing it yet.
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guys fixing a flat tubeless tire isnt a tough job...its pretty easy..
before i did it myself i had just seen people getting it repaired at bunks a couple of times...
here it is..
1. locate where the nail or screw is
2. pull it out using pliers
3. insert the T-handle tool with closed eye in the tire and pull it out
4. put the sealing string in the T-handle tool with the rasp eye
5. dig it in the tire so that a considerable amount of the sealant goes in and then pull the T-handle out slowly
6. cut the extra string and your done!!! cheers:

its easy..trust me!!!!
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Aha, so if you want to be prepared for a trip on that lone highway...sure. But I cant see the point of repairing a puncture yourself in a city, when there are several tyre shops that will do it for you. Cheap.
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@ GTO: its just another DIY stuff for people who want to know how its done...nothing to do with convenience or being cheap outside..
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Yup, that's the best way. Observe how he does it & if possible, carry your camera & take pictures of the same for future reference. I've been looking to do a DIY Tubeless puncture repair guide for a while but haven't gotten around to doing it yet.
Boss, I went and got the Sarv-Seal tube repair kit and thought of atleast putting the jack and replace with spare tyre but I was confused as to where to put the jack for the rear wheels for my Palio . I have done the underbody coating and everything looks back and dunno which is metal and which plastic. I thought to play safe and get it done outside at least the first time.

But here are the steps as given in the repair kit -
1. Find and remove item that caused puncture and inflate tyre to 35psi
2. Push proberasp(tool with screw thread) in to injury and work up and down to clean and buff injury.
3. Center repair seal in-slot of inserting tool (meaning thread the sealant stick into the tool with the needle-eye)
4. Using the needle-eyed inserting tool to push repair seal into the hole until only 10mm of repair seal remains outside the tyre. Turn inserting tool 1/4 turn and slowly pull out.
5. Cut excess repair seal as close to the tyre as possible.
Caution: No outside repair seal can be safely applied when extent of injury is unknown. If puncturing object is not found dismount tyre to determine full extent of injury.
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I was confused as to where to put the jack for the rear wheels for my Palio
Before jacking up, read the user manual of the vehicle carefully about how to change the spare tire. It will help.
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