First off, I had to help my dad fix the tire on our minivan. He teaches a high school auto shop class, so its really cool to see where he works and learn from him. The front-right tire pressure was dropping to around 15 psi just days after filling it up, so we knew something was wrong. After a quick inspection it turned out the culprit was a huge nail the van must had run over recently. As I learned, the way to plug the hole is apparently to coat it in industrial rubber cement and jam a sticky, jerky-like stick in the hole. My dad told me he's been doing it that way for decades, so it must work pretty well. Once you let it set for a minutes, you just pump up the tire again, trim the ends off, and voila!
|The ends wear off as you drive. Who said car maintenance was pretty?|