I'm sure there are folks on here that are experienced, nay expert at plugging a tire but I've never done it and I'm posting this up here for critiquing and advice.
I've been for years carrying a tire repair kit with me on my trips but never had to use it and I've never plugged a tire. Probably shouldn't have said that... I've often thought I'd practice on a worn out tire before I swapped it out but I never got around to it.
I noticed over the past few weeks that the left rear tire on my truck was leaking down about 1 psi a day. I finally had some time today to fuss with it and rather than taking the tire up to a shop to fix it, I broke out those several year old kits I've been hauling around on my bike.
This was the offending object:
The nail went in at an angle and I'm thinking, maybe that should make a difference on what kind of plug I use?
Don't know, so I first tried to plug it with a mushroom plug:
And while I'm at it, let's test out the hot snot battery/jump starter/ air pump to see how well it works - trying to use only the tools that I'd have with me on the road to do all of this:
Clearly my Plug-Fu with the mushroom plug was found wanting:
So I pulled that plug out (not an easy task without breaking the tire off the rim and doing it from the inside) and went with a Safety Seal rope style plug:
This one seemed to work without leaking air so I cleaned it up and put it back on the truck:
The hardest part of this whole process was getting the nail out of the tire. It was also difficult reaming out the hole through the steel belts and I worked at that for a while hoping to get a clean hole. It would have been pretty handy to just drill it out to get a good hole but I'm not going to have a drill on the side of the road.
Let the critiquing begin. What did I do right or wrong? I know I'm going to ditch the mushroom plugs and just carry those mushy, tacky ropes and seal. The Safety Seal kit auger also worked way better than the Plug N Go kit stuff.
I'm just hoping I have have to do this on the side of the road (or deep in the woods). Probably shouldn't have said that either...