Tyre repair kits are used to repair flat tyres especially if one gets a puncture a long way from any service station and the spare tire is also not available. Tire repair kits are essential in situations if one is fond of off-road activities where over a weekend getting more than one puncture is not unheard of. There have also been cases where some of the tire repair workshops would give misleading advice and if a person has a tyre repair kit a person can repair it and make the decision whether it is safe to drive with or not. It is important to note though that major repairs should be done by trained personnel.
Tyre repair kits are supplied with similar tools but vary in quantity and quality. Therefore it is important to make sure that the quality of the product supplied is good so that once the tyre is fixed you know that it is going to last. The ease of installation is also something that a person must take into consideration and how well the plugs seal the puncture.
- Price is a primary concern because tyre punctures are not repaired on a daily basis so the price varies with a number of consumable items supplied. Only buy what is necessary.
- Ease of installation of the puncture repair materials
- Make sure that the type of tyre repair kit that you are purchasing is for the type of tyre that you are using
- Most tyre repair kits are small and this is so that it can be comfortably stored with the spare tyre.
- The materials must be good quality.
Blackjack KT-340 Tire Repair Tool
This is a very basic kit and it comes with only the tools required to repair the punctures. The tools consist of a T-Bone handle with a spiral probe. T-Bone handle with 4-inch open eye needle. With that comes a spare 4-inch open eye needle. It is supplied with all the consumables required to fix a puncture and the material used for the plugs are designed to conform to the shape of the puncture. The Blackjack lube comes in an innovative hexagonal jar which fits tightly into the Blackjack repair kit case. The tire plug repair kit has a good reputation as far as the plugs are concerned but the tools are not as strong as some of the competitor’s products.
The T-Bone handles are covered with plastic for extra comfort and the Blackjack repair kit is very handy to have in all your vehicles. You can easily fix the tyres without taking them off which is not only convenient but saves a lot of time.
Victor 22-5-00126-8A Tire Repair Tool Box – 30pc
This kit serves as both a tire plug repair kit and a car tire patch kit. The tool box comes with a pencil tire gauge which ranges from 5psi – 50psi. It includes the two rasp and T-handle tools with 3 patches and 20 black 4-inch repair plugs. Importantly it comes with instructions on how to use and a tube of repair cement. This basic is kit is priced at less than $13,00 so a worthwhile investment to keep in the car.
One thing to note is that the tool comes with a tire gauge but no means of inflating the tyres so make sure that have a manual or a small electrical pump for this purpose. There are a variety of the pumps on the market and the recommended pump is the type that gets its power source from the cigarette lighter socket. Make sure that you understand the instructions and from the customer reviews, it does seem that materials are heat sensitive but can be separated if they are affected by the heat.
Smittybilt 2733 Tire Plug and Seal Kit
The SmittyBilt 2733 come with plugs and patches so both tires can be plugged and can also serve as a car tire patch kit. The only negative with this kit though is that it is not supplied with a patch repair kit so if you would like to fix a tube make sure that you carry a separate patching kit for that purpose. Other than that the kit even though basic is useful and it can be used to plug normal type punctures and sidewall repair is also possible. Over and above the basic materials required to repair a tyre it is also supplied with a pencil gauge and a pair of long nose pliers.
It is one of the better repair kits on the market and the tools are adequate except be careful not to bend them because they are quite thin especially if you are dealing with light truck tires. It has all the tools required to repair a tire except for a pump.
Tooluxe 50002L Universal Tire Repair Kit / 35-Piece Value Pack
The Tooluxe 50002L tools are sturdily built and serve their purpose well. If you are travelling a lot and use tubeless tires this would be an excellent choice because the tools supplied are made to last and will be able to do lots of tire repairs. It is supplied only as a basic set and the price of less than $13,00 reflects that. The only piece of equipment that is missing is a small pump and it is recommended to buy a small pump that has been fitted with a pressure gauge. There are lots on the market and most hardware stores stock them. Once you have all this equipment and use tubeless tires you do need to worry about having a puncture.
This is not a top of the range tire repair kit but as far as the cheap kits go this is one of the best tire plug kits that a person can buy.
Slime 1034-A-T-Handle Tire Plug Kit
The Slime 1034 kit is very simple in design but they work very well whether you are repairing a car tire, truck tire or motorbike tire. The tool case is quite small only 1″ x 6,2″ x 10,5″ so makes it ideal for keeping in the car. It can also be used as a motorbike tire repair kit and because of the compact packaging can easily be kept in the luggage box of the motorbike. The plugs are of high quality and there have been cases where it was recommended that the tyre should be changed but because the tyre was still new the person repaired it using the slime tire repair kit and have saved the tire and money.
This very basic kit consists of a T-Handle plugger, a T-Handle reamer, rubber cement and 5 plug strings. This is priced at less than $10,00 and highly recommended because of the quality of the tools. With all the customer reviews there was not one mention of the tools bending or breaking like some of the other competitor’s tools.
Safety Seal 30 String Pro Tire Repair Kit with storage Case.
The Safety Seal 30 String Pro is rated as the best tire repair kit on the market. It is supplied with 30 x 4″ strings, metal insertion tool, extra insertion needle and a metal T-Handle spiral probe. The reason this set is rated as the best tyre repair kit is because of its versatility and quality of the tools. This kit can be used for any tire and even be used as tire tools for big trucks. The strings are made from 24 plies high tensile strength nylon and immersed in a unique rubber sealant. This is why it is the best tire plug kit in the market.
The advantage of using the Safety Seal kit is that the suppliers allow you to order replacement items separately as opposed to a full kit which makes it very cost effective for long term use. It is supplied with a very good lubrication fluid and makes it easy to insert the plug into the smallest hole. It is more expensive than the other kits but the quality is superior and having the option to replace individual items makes it excellent value for money.