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Repairing a Flat Tire

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It can be very frustrating to get a flat tire, especially if you have to fix it yourself. This is a page about repairing a flat tire.


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By 5 found this helpful
July 1, 2011

How many of you have gotten a flat tire and had to wait for help? It happened to me, as I drive a lot. I knew how to change a tire but I am 73 years old and didn't have the strength. I went into the automotive section and saw this can of "FIX A FLAT". I bought a can, just in case I did have a flat again.

It is very easy to use. Knowing it works, I keep a couple of cans in my car. I also use it for my lawn tractor and boat tires. This is a temporary fix until you get it fixed or buy a new tire.

By Barbara C. from Atlantic, VA

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May 2, 2018

Flat tire repairs due to a nail can charge anywhere from $10 to $20. Discount Tires offers free flat tire repairs, no matter where you bought your tires from. There are over 900 Discount Tire locations in the United States. If you ever have a flat tire with a nail, try Discount Tires. If you do not have a Discount Tire around, you can call the bigger tire retailers and ask if they provide complimentary services.

I was beyond pleased with their service.


For a non-appointment, the wait time was about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The tire technician took his time with patching up my tire, balanced the tire and made sure all four of my tires lug nuts were secured. He also pumped up the air pressure and cleaned my tires to new again!


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August 15, 20050 found this helpful

This is a tip if you buy after market mag wheels for your vehicle or if you buy a used vehicle with mag wheels. While at home, before going on a trip, check the original manufacturer's tire tool kit to see if you can change the tire if needed.

Recently, my husband stopped to help a couple with a PT Cruiser with mag wheels. They needed a Phillips screwdriver to uncover the nuts, which my husband had. But none of my husband's nor their sockets or wrenches would fit the lug nuts. Thus, having to call a tow truck in the hot desert heat. They'd been there for 4 hours already!


By Terri

Editor's Note: It is always a good practice to do a practice run on a flat tire. I've found over the years that with used vehicles quite often the jack, the lug wrench or the spare either do not work or are wrong for the car or truck. Also check to make sure you spare tire isn't flat from time to time.

It's much easier to get the proper equipment before you have a flat than after. This is a especially helpful for younger drivers who will likely be changing a tire for the first time if they get a flat. Jacking up a heavy car can be quite dangerous if you don't know what you are doing or have the wrong tools for the job.

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