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Flat tires - Fix yourself vs Roadside Assistance?

Phlier

Bluebird
Jun 12, 2019
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Utah
Well... Now I am off to Amazon for a tire plug kit.
Don't forget the tube of rubber cement. It makes it sooooooo much easier to place the plug. It's the difference between my wife being able to actually use a tire plug (using rubber cement) or not.
 

Phlier

Bluebird
Jun 12, 2019
1,475
1,853
Utah
When using tire plug kits, should I also get a jack, jack stand, breaker bar, torque wrench, and a lug nut set for removing the tires?
I have all that stuff, but I keep it in the garage.

There's no need to remove the tire to use a plug. Just be careful not to bang your knuckles when you're removing the object from the tire, using the reaming tool, or placing the plug. ;)

A jack can be useful to increase the amount of room you have to work between the tire and wheel well, but it's not strictly required. Just position the hole so that it's between the contact patch and the wheel well so you're not space constrained.
 
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The_Observer

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Feb 14, 2020
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I have all that stuff, but I keep it in the garage.

There's no need to remove the tire to use a plug. Just be careful not to bang your knuckles when you're removing the object from the tire, using the reaming tool, or placing the plug. ;)

A jack can be useful to increase the amount of room you have to work between the tire and wheel well, but it's not strictly required. Just position the hole so that it's between the contact patch and the wheel well so you're not space constrained.

I can feel the pain from just seeing that.

So I would assume you would have to move the tire enough to be near the bottom of the ground (for rear tires), or turn the wheels to the outside (for front tires), and then do the tire plugging?
 

mattack4000

Active Member
Oct 1, 2017
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CA
I bought a set of takeoffs before I got the car. I have been using that set as spares as I go through tire. Model 3 might be okay, but for people trying to plug the x. Prepare a workout as the tire is hard!
Think you might be the very special case where run flat tires makes sense. ;)

At the rate I am getting flats, no amount of run flats will help. I had a 2017 X before my 2019, same thing. To be fair, some of them I keep having to redo because the plug won't hold on such a big tire. I am very glad I bought that extra set of rims and tires take off a while back. Sure it mocks me every day in the garage, but I have used it multiple times already
 
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RayK

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Apr 5, 2016
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I can feel the pain from just seeing that.

So I would assume you would have to move the tire enough to be near the bottom of the ground (for rear tires), or turn the wheels to the outside (for front tires), and then do the tire plugging?
Yup, that would be the technique. I haven't had the need to actually try it out (knock on wood) but you got it.

It's also why I would recommend carrying a tarp along with all your other tire tools since wherever you need to stop, it's probably not going to be nice and clean.
 

The_Observer

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Feb 14, 2020
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Yup, that would be the technique. I haven't had the need to actually try it out (knock on wood) but you got it.

It's also why I would recommend carrying a tarp along with all your other tire tools since wherever you need to stop, it's probably not going to be nice and clean.

Good point on the tarp, I haven't thought of that. Looks like I need to take a trip to harbor freight to get everything I need.
 

garth_angst

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Mar 30, 2019
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ok, so I am following this because I found a tiny pinhole in my rear driver side tire. I never tried a patch kit, but what about the foam? Are people using a patch kit from the outside when it should be done from the inside with foam in the tire?
I am willing to try a patch kit, but all this talk about patching from the inside makes me wonder if using a patch kit is the wrong thing to do.
Two different Mavis locations will not patch a Tesla. One sounded completely out of touch with reality. I don't think anyone here knows what to do, or worse, they say they know and will fork it up.
 

mattack4000

Active Member
Oct 1, 2017
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CA
I just did it, but prepare to man up as the tires might be much harder than normal.


ok, so I am following this because I found a tiny pinhole in my rear driver side tire. I never tried a patch kit, but what about the foam? Are people using a patch kit from the outside when it should be done from the inside with foam in the tire?
I am willing to try a patch kit, but all this talk about patching from the inside makes me wonder if using a patch kit is the wrong thing to do.
Two different Mavis locations will not patch a Tesla. One sounded completely out of touch with reality. I don't think anyone here knows what to do, or worse, they say they know and will fork it up.
 

mattack4000

Active Member
Oct 1, 2017
2,398
932
CA
DId you do it without taking out the wheels?

Yeah, I took it out, took a drill to clear the hole and made it bigger. The Model X tire is much thicker and beefier, you need to add a lot of force. I assume the Model 3 is easier, I am lucky my Model 3 hasn't had a flat tire.
 

Feathermerchan

Active Member
Sep 21, 2018
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Euless, Tx
This is where a jack comes in handy. You can jack up the car and put the awl tool into the tire then let the car down and let the wheel well push the tool into the tire. Then jack up, remove awl, insert plug tool and repeat.
I just had to do that on the wife's new Y. It picked up a very small cotter pin. The pin was easy to remove but left a very tiny hole that made it hard to plug. I should carry some rubber cement.
 

lolder

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Jun 11, 2016
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SW Florida
Every time I leave the garage I press the right button and say "Display tire pressure". Within 1 1/2 blocks it's there. Press the button twice to retire it. You will notice a slow leak that way long before the alert.
 
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AxlxA

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Jun 23, 2020
481
328
Bay Area
Ok this is a great thread. I didn't know how the rubber cement making it easier to insert.

Question for the group, what other tools should I have in the car? Flathead screw driver? Any wrench? I know keeping a 9v in your belongings will help you open the frunk in case of dead 12v. Does anyone actually practice that?
 

XLR82XS

D M C
Jul 26, 2019
3,126
1,762
SWFL | Vegas
Every time I leave the garage I press the right button and say "Display tire pressure". Within 1 1/2 blocks it's there. Press the button twice to retire it. You will notice a slow leak that way long before the alert.
Easier to swipe the card for me. Less than .5 sec. plus you can leave it up for your next trip.
 
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XLR82XS

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Jul 26, 2019
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