Last weekend, I had two minute punctures on my tyre. The guy fixed it and still there was some air loss in one of the fixed ones. He again fixed besides that without removing the old one and it looks like it worked.
Looks very crude and easy way of fixing a puncture. But it really works.
One thing I have noticed is that you cannot trust the guys to find the punctures. You have to stand with them and examine the surface yourself with care all over.
Slicvic, i too had a similar object, it was a 2 inch screw lodged in the rear tyre, drove around for 3 weeks before i actually got down to removing it & fixing the puncture myself. Kept filling air with my portable compressor.
It was very tightly lodged in & im not sure whether driving around & the delay made it all the more difficult to remove. Didnt notice any damage when removing it & dont find any wobble, etc when driving.
Around 50 kms a day. Got an air inflator in the car so thats not a problem. No permanent damage to the tyre in case i delay it for a week right?
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I also had a big screw-nail on my rear-right tyre removed recently but felt I would have driven with it for few weeks before realizing something fishy with the tyre -- subsequent to the puncture fix, it has been without any other issue over the last one+ week.
One of my tires was losing air for the last 2 weeks, so I went to a shop today for getting it repaired. The guy did a lot of things similiar to what is mentioned in the first 3 posts of this thread, but finally instead of trimming the strip, he just set fire to it. That part of my tire was ablaze for 15 to 30 seconds & then he rubbed a brush dipped in water over the fire which extinguished the fire? He said that's how they do it.
@iraghava: Thanks a lot for a very useful article.
I faced the same issue as @carboy wherein my rear left tire was losing pressure slowly. After discussing with fellow bhpian Sid and finding a nail in the tire, I took to MRF franchise who followed the same steps as mentioned in the initial postings.
Only step was he was finding it difficult to insert the strip into the tire and therefore inflated the tire pressure.
One query - After looking at how it was all done, i was thinking of buying a puncture kit. Are there any recommended brands for the tubeless puncture kits? Also do you recommend any brand for a compact air inflator.
@Mr Nobody: There are 3 ways I can think of
1. They should see if they feel a difference in road handling of the vehicle while driving like swerving to one direction
2. While taking the vehicle for periodical air checkup, whether all tires are losing pressure at the same rate. (This is how I came to know of puncture of my tubeless tire)
3. Periodic inspection of tire once a month (We can also remove gravel stones from tire during the inspection)