3 Extreme Tyre Repairs

Michael Borg — 20 March 2017


The sole purpose of having air in your tyre is to prevent the weight of your vehicle from collapsing the side walls of your tyre. If the tyre’s carcass can no longer hold air, it is possible to fill it with other materials in order to take the weight. Spinifex grass is the best known one, but you’ll need more than you think to create enough strength in the tyre to actually drive on. Spinifex is flammable and, as you would expect, this is a drive-slower-than-you-can-walk kind of repair!


If you’ve got a puncture and no repair kit, the old leather dog collar can come in pretty handy. Simply cut it into strips around 1-2cm thick and a few inches long and use them to plug up the tyre as per usual. Coating the strips with sealant can also go a long way to securing a leak-free puncture repair, at the very least, it’ll slow it down enough for you to get home.


Now this third one isn’t all that far-fetched, but chances are you won’t ever stoop low enough to actually use it. And that’s to install a tyre tube on the side of the track. Yep, keeping a spare tube handy can be quite useful in some circumstances. Although, you’ll find it gets used for mid-summer water sports more than anything else – after all, floating down a nice river with nothing but your budgie smugglers on is pretty relaxing!


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