How do you get a nail out of a tire?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

To get a nail out of a tire, you will need a few tools to make the process easier. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove a nail from a tire:

1. Gather necessary tools: You will need a pair of pliers, a screwdriver (optional), and a tire repair kit (optional). The tire repair kit typically includes a rubber plug and a tool to insert it.

2. Locate the nail: Inspect the tire carefully to identify the location of the nail. Look for any signs of puncture or air leakage. If you cannot find the nail visually, you can listen for a hissing sound or spray soapy water on the tire to see if any bubbles form where the nail is located.

3. Prepare the tire: If the nail is easily accessible, you can skip this step. However, if the nail is deep in the tire, use the pliers or screwdriver to gently dig out the rubber around the top of the nail. This will give you a better grip on the nail and make it easier to remove.

4. Remove the nail: With a firm grip on the nail using the pliers, gently pull it straight out of the tire. Be cautious not to damage the tire or your hand while doing this. If the nail is stubborn and doesn’t come out easily, you can use the screwdriver to pry it out while maintaining a steady grip with the pliers.

5. Inspect the tire: After removing the nail, carefully examine the area around the puncture to check for any additional damage or debris. Look for any signs of a bigger hole or sidewall damage that may require professional assistance.

6. Repair the tire (optional): If the nail caused a small puncture and you have a tire repair kit, you can proceed with repairing the tire yourself. Follow the instructions provided with the repair kit to insert a rubber plug into the hole and seal it. This can provide a temporary fix until you can get the tire professionally repaired or replaced.

7. Inflate the tire: Once you have removed the nail and inspected the tire, it’s important to reinflate it to the recommended pressure. Use a tire pressure gauge to ensure the tire is properly inflated, and adjust the pressure if needed.

Remember, while removing a nail from a tire can be a temporary solution, it’s important to have the tire inspected by a professional to determine if further repair or replacement is necessary. Driving on a damaged tire can be dangerous and lead to further complications.