- It was the Duratrac's first off-road expedition. I was deep in Saline Valley, CA, it was 30 miles uphill to the nearest pavement and the TPMS light went off. I stopped the truck (engine running) and looked around but everything looked fine. I stopped about a mile further to investigate an area of interest. With the engine off and the puncture at 12 o'clock I heard the hissing sound.
- I moved the truck around to make some shade for myself (104° in the sun) and went to work. I jacked up the axle a 1/2" to take pressure off the tire. I removed the offending piece of metal, used the rasp tool, applied the rubber cement to the plug, and then plugged the hole. I then aired up the tire.
- All said and done it took me about 20 minutes. But let me tell you, getting that rasp tool all the way through the rubber lug plus the 6-plys of rubber nearly took the force of Conan! It was no easy task!
- I don't know WTF that piece of metal was, as it was sharpend on both ends. It wasn't a nail... Anyways I'm keeping that fugger.
- Tire plug kits are worth their weight in gold if you don't have to change to a spare tire. Tire plug kits FTMFW!
- Saline Valley has a long history of disabling vehicles, so I'm not the least bit disappointed at what happened. It goes with the territory.
Close up of the plug before trimming.
Trimmed the plug with a scissors per directions on packaging
Saline Valley, CA