How to Plug a Tire | Tactical DIY tire plugs | Vehicle Survival Repair Skills | Tactical Rifleman

How to Plug a Tire | Tactical DIY tire plugs |  Vehicle Survival Repair Skills | Tactical Rifleman

hi I’m Carl Erikson we’re out here at
Tier one group with Chad Morman the head driving instructor and we’re going to
talk about one of the man skills that just about every single adult
male on a planet needs to know and that is how to use a plug kit how to plug a
screw or a nail hole in a tire on your vehicle right Chad is it hard? No. Why don’t you you take us through it. Alright guys, so if we look down here you should hopefully
have a plug kit that’s within your vehicle somewhere obviously the better
one made ones are going to be over the middle I’m not saying that the plastic
ones are bad but if you use them a lot over time like we do here they tend to
wear out break a little bit faster so there’s two part. A couple parts to
it one you have your reamer tool so basically whatever it would be in my
tire once I pull it out I’m going to need to stick this in ream it out rough
it up and kind of get it prepped for the plug that’s going to be going in there
second one is you have your plug kit notice that it has an eyelet up here at
the end of it it’s actually split and then you have your plugs a lot of tips
will come with rubber cement and stuff like that we typically don’t use
it if it’s hard to actually get in there and you don’t have any of that stuff you
can at least spit on it will help actually get the plug into it. What are those plugs made out of Chad? It’s just a real sticky rubber compound that
once you get it in there it kind of conforms to the hole and then it will
initially be long and you need to trim it up a little bit so we’ll go ahead and
drill a hole into this and I’ll show you how to plug it real quick all right so we would have a hole or
something that’s actually in there you can kind of hear some air escaping and
we’ll go ahead and prep our plugger need to flatten it up on the ends to actually
get it to work through the eyelet so once you find where that nail or that
screw is don’t pull the screw or nail out until you have the plug ready.
exactly just kind of leave it there because it is at least holding some air
in you can see how sticky it is that it’s actually wanting to stick to the
metal when we’re coming in and around all right so we’ve got that ready to go
we’ll take our reamer he’ll go ahead and pull it out
I’ll get it stuck in there let me turn it and then I want to make sure
I’m reaming it out good as I’m going in and out of it all right so I’ve got that
in there to that point got it reamed out good if I needed to I could lube it up
with whatever it does make it a little bit easier I doesn’t if I don’t have any
of that stuff and I can just spit on it but once I pull it out I need to get it
in there I want to push it up to where it’s about halfway to plug and want to
turn and twist and pull it out quickly alright guys so once we got it rained
out we’re going to do is take our tire plug stick it in make sure we go about
half way in there I’m going to twist and pull it out
quickly okay so this right here we don’t want to leave hanging out as we’re
starting to go down the road I do want to take the trim it up with a razor
blade scissors snip it off I know Chad how about if we didn’t have
we ran out of plugs or we didn’t have a plug kit what could we use well from
there that’s kind of where we look over here to this tire if we didn’t have any
of this stuff it is going to be a bit harder to do you can use flathead
screwdrivers it really is a lot harder to do at that point not only with the
stuff that I’m using to actually get the plug in there but them plugs themselves
if you look on this tire we’ve left them pretty long so you can kind of see
there’s 550 cord there’s shop rags there’s duct tape all kinds of things
if we’re using anything that’s porous like the 550 cord or the shop rags you
do need to get some grease from somewhere on your vehicle coat it in the
grease that way it’s not letting that air escape slowly but it’s trying to
keep it in it’s essentially the same thing and you try to ream it out if you
can if you can’t that’s fine but it can be medical gloves it can be
shop gloves a lot of people will tell you to take and cut the fingers off and
bunch them all together and use that as a plug we found it a little bit better
to actually cut the fingers off and use the palm of the glove once you do it you
just take it roll it up stick it in there just like you would do your normal
plug and then stick it in the problem with these improvised plugs like the
duct tape this your rags is some of them you can’t be as forceful with you’ve got
to kind of ease them in they still do work as you can see this time right here
has many of a minute and you’ve driven this thing on the truck yeah when it
when we initially did it we still had air in it then they drove
it on the track now it is not a permanent fix like a tire plug a
manufactured tire plugs but it will get you rolling down ranging it it’ll get
you off the X and you know that’s what you need to get back to civilization
sometimes hey like you said every type of these improvised plugs they all take
a little different finesse in different directions for different types and we
just don’t have time on the internet to do this you want to learn how to do this
again it’s if you want to be an internet ninja and just watch videos that’s fine
but if you want to learn how to do this stuff for real you need to come take a
professional class taught by professional instructors so I here at
Tier one group this is one of the many skills that we incorporate in a lot of
the courses that we train here it’s if you’re interested in learning more
comments on the video if you’re interested in taking a whole course
reach out to tier one group at and we’ll get you signed up

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. how old do you have be i'm 15 and know allot on guns how there built and how they function and on history of war and what guns are what and what caliber is what i know allot of tactical movements and i have gear plate carries fire arms and all that fancy stuff but i don't have any where to train with it.

  2. I can't believe there are no dislikes, people seemed to roam around and dislike videos before even watching them. Nice for a change.

  3. What are the requirements for the different courses? Are any military-only? How about fitness minimums? I'd very much like a general "MacGyver Course" that gets into things like tactical driving, bodyguarding, comprehensive medical "repairs," and the like.

  4. Super glue works just fine that's if you have a pump to re inflate the tyre and, you don't need to ream the hole out, just squirt it in leave for ten minutes then pump it back up to pressure.

  5. Rubber cement should absolutely be used when plugging the tire, it creates a much better seal both to the tire and when the plug is folded back onto itself. You should also insert the plug further into the tire, the legs poking out of the tire when inserted should only be about .5-.75” long.

  6. one important point about inserting the plug – it is much easier to get the plug in when the tire is fully inflated. It can be nearly impossible if the tire is soft and yields when you push.

  7. In construction, I've had to plug many tires. One tire had a piece of rebar pierce it – that hole was too big for one plug. I came up with using three plugs in the same hole to get it to seal. IIRC, I did three separate insertions instead of three plugs with one push-in. We were out in the boonies, and just needed to keep that skid-steer going.

  8. Guys, this isn't a permanent fix. Those plugs will fail eventually, they're meant to be a stopgap to get you to a tire shop to have the patch done right.

  9. I like using a combo of both the "stab in" patch & the flat press on circle type. The stab in can always pop out at a inopportune time, you can't knock out the roll on.

    If you're doing this on the side of the road & the bead comes unseated, you can spray a bit of starting fluid inside of the tire & STEP BACK, toss a lit object at the rim & the explosion of the ether in the starting fluid will re-seat the bead.
    Then you can run your can of fix-a-flat or use a air compressor/battery box combo (I keep both in the truck but recommend the latter).

    I went to trade school for 4 years, auto tech taught me nothing (horrible teacher that assumed you should already know EVERYTHING instead of guiding you through your first repair, whatever it may be).
    Teaching myself proved much better, I've done complete restorations of a few old cars….well resto/hot rod it to hell.

    The only thing that I won't do on a car is a tranny swap, I fucking hate those. Rear axle swap, no problem. My 1980 malibu snapped 6 or 7 of them so I got pretty quick with it.

  10. I need to take a professional class to learn to plug a tire, otherwise I’m a ninja? What? I watched this video to see some super tactical badass way to plug a tire, but you just did it how literally everyone else in the world does it.

  11. Civilian life:
    Socks, pants, tire plugs, hat, knife, gun, shirt, food …

    Once you join the military:
    Tactical socks, tactical pants, tactical tire plugs, tactical knife, tactical gun, tactical shirt, tactical food …

  12. I really think he meant anyone that has a driver's licence should have this knowledge. Don't forget us women can do a lot as well.

  13. Dude I love your videos, but enough with the whole "you can be an internet ninja with no real skill or you can come take a real class" bit. I've learned many things from you and keep them tucked away until I need them. I've never seen tires plugged with cordage or gloves, so that's a neat trick.

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