Do you think that tubeless tyres are puncture-proof?
The phenomenon of a tubeless tyre puncture, although infrequent, can be serious and it’s good to know the basics to handle such situations with élan.
We have answered some very commonly asked questions here.
How do tubeless tyres get punctured?
Tyres without tubes usually don’t get flat that easily. But the avoidance method of puncturing a tubeless tyre will be very simple to understand if you know how they tend to get punctured.
Tubeless ones are fabricated in such a way that when a nail penetrates its surface, either it cannot reach deep enough to rupture or it simply gets stuck in the thicker rubber portion.
That is why even if it picks up a sharp object, it will stay unharmed for a while before deflating completely. So you will get enough time in between the puncture and it turns flat.
How to identify tubeless tyre puncture?
If you get the hunch, check for the following signs to detect a puncture:
- Inflate the tubeless tyre. You should fill it with air until it reaches the appropriate pressure point which is recommended in your car’s manual.
- Then, you should give a good look at it. If you find any perforation or cuts staring back at you, then hopefully you have found the leakage point
- If you can’t see a visible leak, then keep your ears open. Do you hear a hissing sound? Then probably your tyre has got a leak.
Can you drive with a punctured tubeless tyre?
In case of a puncture, when a nail or a sharp object pierces the surface, it cannot reach till the inner tube to rupture it. It gets stuck inside the tyre thereby preventing sudden air loss.
So, yes, you can drive for quite a while, if the puncture is not that severe, unlike tyres with tubes.
How to repair a tubeless tyre puncture?
Punctures are not unusual with tubeless tyres, and fixing it can be time-consuming and laborious for someone who has no prior experience. And sometimes spotting a puncture repair shop seems like an impossible option.
So, learning to fix the wheels by yourself will be the best. But for that, a tubeless tyre puncture repair kit is mandatory.
Follow these steps and you can get the job done yourself:
- Take the wheel out and spot the puncture first
- Scrutinize to spot any nails or sharp objects. Remove it with the help of pliers, available in the repair kit.
- Then insert the spiral probe in the pierced area.
- To clean the punctured hole, rotate the spiral probe in both directions.
- Take a tubeless tyre puncture strip and insert it into the eye of the split eye insertion tool.
- Now apply a little bit of tubeless tyre sealant to cover the hole.
- You can use either tubeless tyre puncture solution or tubeless tyre puncture liquid instead of the sealant as this will also work well.
- Insert about 2/3rd of the insertion tool and twist it. Then pull it out.
- The strip blocks the hole and the insertion tool will come out clean.
- If you have a hand pump, then all you have to do is to attach and inflate it to the optimal pressure.
How long does it take to repair a punctured Tubeless tyre?
If you are repairing the front one, then you would require about 15 minutes including the time to refill air.
But if the rear one is punctured then you would need a minimum of 30 minutes. Since it is the rear one, it must first be removed and after repairing, needs to be fitted back into its place.
How much does tubeless tyre puncture repair cost?
If you want to buy the complete set of the repairing kit, then will come with various tools.
Only a pair of pliers and an inflator together will cost around 1500 to 2000 bucks, based on the model. Adding puncture sealant or solution will obviously add to the cost.
How many punctures does a tubeless tyre handle?
Although relatively uncommon to hear about, tubeless tyres are definitely not resistant to puncture. The number of punctures it can withstand is directly proportional to the risk of it getting a puncture again.
Even though a typical tubeless one can usually endure up to 8 punctures, but it is recommended to change the tyre after the 5 or 6th puncture for safety.
How to prevent the Tubeless tyre from getting punctured?
To reduce the chances of developing a puncture follow the below steps.
- Purchase from a genuine dealer and also pick tyres wisely. Don’t go for lightweight tyres as these can turn out to be extra sensitive and malleable.
- Inflate them regularly and maintain the recommended tyre pressure. Remember that the road surfaces are far from being perfect. So before riding, ensure your tyres are properly inflated.
- Keep away from construction areas and driving near the gutter. A lot of nails and glass shards are found in such places which strikes a probable chance of perforating your tyres.
Tubeless tyres are the choice of millions owing to their multitudes of advantages. However, if it develops gaping gruesome leaks, then don’t hesitate to replace it instead of wasting time repairing.