Plugging a Tire


Plugging a tire is so simple and anyone can do it. You don’t have to even remove your tire to plug it. To clarify, you can fix your tire while it’s still on your car.


In addition, you don’t even have to deflate your tire to repair it. Above all, using a professional tire repair kit makes learning how to plug a tire an effortless process.

How To Plug A Tire

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There are a few factors to consider before determine if you can go on plugging a tire. The following should be considered:


The size of the puncture, the extent of the damage, and the tread of your tire. The size of the hole must be no larger than 0.25 inches and must be located on the tread of your tire.


If the puncture is on the shoulder or sidewall, then you will need to replace the tire.

Please Note: Numerous tires can look fine on the outside, but have started to crumble on the inside. This is usually due to a tire running low on air.

Fix what’s wrong now, before it gets out of hand.

This would get mighty expensive if it weren’t for the ability to patch a tire yourself. Don’t waste time and money bringing your tire to a shop, when you can do the job yourself faster and cheaper!

Plugging a Tire (Step By Step)

If you are trying to learn how to patch your tire step by step, then look no further. Here at God’s Wrench, we provide you with the knowledge you need for the job.

Time needed: 10 minutes.

Plugging a tire step by step

  1. Figure out Which Tire is Leaking

    Check your tires PSI with an air pressure gauge. However, if one tire is significantly lower than the rest, this is most likely your leaky tire.

  2. Put Air Inside the Low Tire

    Fill your low tire up with air to the correct tire PSI.

  3. Find the Leak

    Spray your whole tire with soapy water and look for bubbles. However, spraying your tire will require a spray bottle and dish soap.

  4. Remove the Object From Your Tire

    Once the object is located, pull it out with pliers.

  5. Make Sure the Leak is Repairable

    If the hole in your tire is to big for a plug it can not be fixed. Secondly, if the hole is on or too close to the sidewall of your tire, it can not be repaired. In addition, if your tire is too old, worn out, or there is too many plugs in the tire, fixing the tire is not an option.

  6. Use your Tire Reamer Tool

    Once you have found the leak in your tire, use your reamer tool to widen the hole.

  7. Use Your Tire Plug Tool

    Slide the tire plug evenly through the eye of your plug tool. Secondly, push the plug through the hole in the tire until it’s at least half way through the tire. After that, pull your tire plug tool out fast and with force.

  8. Inflate Tire

    Inflate your car tires to the correct tire PSI.

  9. Spray the Repaired Area

    Spray the tire plug with soapy water to make sure the repair held.

Common Question(s) About Plugging a Tire

Is plugging a tire a permanent fix?

Tires can be repaired with a string plug (like the one displayed above). This patch may hold air for months, years even for the remaining life of the tire. For this reason, many consumers consider a string plug repair a permanent solution.

When should you not plug a tire?

Repairs should only be made on the tread or the tire. You should NOT repair a tire if the puncture is located on the shoulder or sidewall area. If this is your situation, the tire must be replaced. In addition to tires being replaced, punctures that are greater than ¼ of an inch or 6mm are prohibited.

How many times can you plug a tire?

Tire should be repaired no more than twice. Additionally, you should not repair a tire if two punctures are within 16 inches of one another.