Nail In Tire: What To Do & How To Remove It

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Tires are those perfectly circular rubber chums that enable motion by enclosing the metal wheels of a vehicle. They serve as the middleman between the terrain and your car, ensuring safety and impact resistance in the event of a crash. But if you have a nail in your car tires, what will you do and how would you remove it?

Most tires come from a range of materials, including fabric, natural rubber, wire, synthetic rubber, and many more. Irrespective of the primary composing material, tires help to increase performance, withstand stock, and enable traction. 

Due to these important functions, a tiny element like a nail or screw can stick into the tire.

Once you can’t detect it on time, a nail may not cause your tire to deflate entirely. But even at that, it would be the best option to get the nail out of the tire. But how will you go about this? Keep reading and enjoy every bit of information you need to take a nail out of a tire.

Step-by-Step Guide to Removing the Nail from Tire

Let us find out the general rules of the thumb that will apply to any situation of the nail inside your tire. If you follow this first aid, you can easily deal with a nail in your car tire:

  1. Don’t touch the nail
  2. The depth of the nail can plug the hole to prevent air pressure from leaking out of the tire
  3. Depending on whether your tire is tubed or tubeless, you may be able to drive and cover some distance. This opportunity to open only to cars with tubed tires. Otherwise, a little puncture affects a tubeless car tire immediately.
  4. The further drive can cause a dangerous blowout of the tire. This will affect maneuvering and control, and handling of your vehicle.
  5. It is better to stop over at a tire store and let a certified technician fix it. Otherwise, a replacement will be the last resort. It all depends on the depth of the hole the nail forms in the tire.

Now that we have the first procedure to follow when there is a nail puncture on the tire, let’s begin to explore the step-by-step procedure to follow to get out a nail from a car tire. A judicious adherence to these steps will help you successfully ensure complete removal of the nail with minimal damage to the tire.

Step 1: Inspect the Thread to Locate the Nail

The first step you should take when you discover a nail is in your tire is to try to locate the depth of the tire. Do not pull out the nail, but inspect it.

Although the nail would not be difficult to identify on most occasions, if you could not locate the nail, you may have to fill the tire with air, then spray a window cleaner on the tire and keep a lookout for the point where bubbles are leaking from. If the nail is stuck deep enough to form a plug on the leak, you don’t need to touch it till you arrive at a mechanic’s shop.

Step 2: Take Out the Nail from the Tire’s Thread

Sometimes you will be unlucky to find a nearby mechanic, then use a claw hammer or plier to expunge the nail while you can use a drill or screwdriver to eject the screw from the tire. Meanwhile, in the event the nail is stuck too deeply and isn’t coming off, you can dig about the nail on the tire surface to make it easier for the nail to come out.

 If the tire loses air and becomes flat while removing the nail, it’s nothing to be bothered about. The mechanic would refill the tire after he has worked on it.

Step 3: Enlarge the Hole with A Reamer

With a reamer’s help from your plug and patch kit, roughen up the hole to begin the patching process.

Step 4: Thread the Plug Tool and Add-In the Tire Plug

Within the plug and patch kit, you will find another mechanical device similar to a needle. After reaming the hole, fasten your plug to the ends. You’ll need to insert almost the entire length of the plug within the tire.

Remove the plug tool from the tire while the plug stays in the tire. Cut off the excess plug from the tire. Please do not attempt to plug the tire twice or more because it could obtain another hole by so doing, and when this happens, toss the tire in the trash and get a new one. 

After patching your tire, endeavor to inflate them to a good enough pressure before driving

Replace Tire vs Take the Nail Out: Which is Better?

It is great to know how to patch a punctured tire, but even if your patching worked well enough, it isn’t time to celebrate yet. You had better install a new tire or meet the experts to mend the puncture, especially if the nail punctures the tire’s sidewall or an area larger than a quarter’s inch.

If your tire is still strong, the automotive experts could easily do the patching from within the tire. And compared to purchasing a new tire, patching is usually a more permanent solution that is less expensive.

On the contrary, if the tire is old and ready to ‘pass out,’ it would be a better decision to replace the tire with a stronger one that would serve you for much longer.

Final Thoughts

The tips above apply to any situation when a nail enters your tire. A serious accident can occur if you don’t learn this guide. It would be best if you could remove the nail from the tire immediately you spot it. 

Yes, you can drive to an automotive repair shop if it is within a short distance, but it would be serious consequences if you pretended as though everything was all right and kept driving for a long distance with the nail in the tire. Ensure safety for yourself and other road users.