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Punctures are a common sight on roads with potholes and fixing them can be a tedious task. As a biker, it is it is essential you have some knowledge about fixing a flat tyre. If your bike insurance collaborates with garage services then it leaves you less hassled. For example, if you have a two-wheeler insurance from Bharti AXA, you can get your tyre fixed at any of its 3000+ cashless garages.
In case you don’t have a garage available near you, you can use these 6 steps to fix tube tyres. Keep some tools handy especially if you are heading for long rides. A wheel nut spanner, pliers, chalk, file, tyre iron, rubber patch, an adhesive like Fevikwik, foot pump, spare tube are some of the tools required to fix a flat tyre.
Step 1: Check for any cuts on the tyre. If you fail to identify the spot then it is possible that the worn-out tube may have led to tearing and has caused a puncture.
Step 2: To remove the wheel, use a spanner to unscrew the wheel nut. Remove the bolt and the wheel by hitting on the threaded side of the wheel. Look around for some stones or bricks to maintain the motorcycle level.
Step 3: Now, remove the tube from the rim using a tool at the intersection of the rim and rubber. And gently push the lever, this will allow the tyre to slide out across the circumference of the rim.
Step 4: After unbolting the valve remove the tube from the tyre. Inflate the tube and place it in water. You can identify the puncture area with the rising air bubbles. A spare tube will save you from doing this step.
Step 5: Use a file to rub the punctured area so that it allows you to stick the rubber patch without any bulging. Use an adhesive like Fevikwik to stick the rubber patch.
Step 6: Immerse in water to check if the puncture is sealed and then place the tube back into the tyre. Now push the air valve through the hole of the rim and gently push the tube into the tyre. Place the tyre back into the rim and the wheel back by tightening the wheel nut.
Today, most two-wheelers have tubeless tyres as they are easy to mend. To fix a puncture on a tubeless tyre you may require a special kit that consists of a smoothening tool, pliers, puncture repair strips, knife/blade and a puncture strip insertion tool.
Step 1: Identify the location of the puncture and check the tyre for any sharp objects such as a screw, sharp stone or nail that may have pierced the rubber. Now, remove the object that has punctured the tyre using pliers.
Step 2: With the help of a smoothening tool inspect the puncture hole to check if it is large enough to insert the puncture repair into. And, leave the tool inside it.
Step 3: Like a needle thread, insert the strip into the puncture strip insertion.
Step 4: Use a puncture repair insertion tool to push the strip inside and gradually remove the smoothening tool.
Step 5: Trim the excess strip using a knife/blade and the puncture is fixed.
Go ahead and fix your punctured tyre with ease!
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