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  • Writer's pictureShane McLendon

How to Fix a Car Tire Bead Leak in 5 Minutes

Updated: Oct 16, 2018

This article will show how to fix a bead leak on any car or truck in under 5 minutes. If you have taken your car to the dealer or tire shop and they cannot seem to fix your tire, I have found the solution and its easy to use.

That's right you don't need to be a tire expert or own a box full of tools to fix a bead leak. All you need is a simple product called TireJect. Anyone can install it as the directions are straightforward and the product is very easy to use.

Quick breakdown:

  1. Fully deflate the tire

  2. Install TireJect through the valve stem

  3. Re-inflate the tire (if you do not have an air pump most local gas stations have air compressors)

  4. Drive your vehicle at lower speed for 5 minutes, the sealant will spread inside the tire and fully seal the leak

So, stop adding air to that leaky tire every week and stop making costly trips to your dealer or tire shop and follow this simple guide to repair the tire yourself.

STEP 1: Get your TireJect kit. It's the only tire sealant on the market guaranteed to fix bead leaks. We had a friend who used it on his giant tractor last month and saved several hundred dollars on a new tire.

Pro Tip: It's a good idea to verify the source of the leak to make sure the tire is safe to drive on. Check the tire for nails or other damage on the tread and sidewall. Get a bottle of soapy water and spray it around the bead (where the tire meets the rim). This should show the leak easily with air blowing bubbles out via the soap.

STEP 2: Now you need to let the air all the way out of your car tire. Not hard, don't worry. The TireJect kit comes with a tool to unscrew the valve stem core (counterclockwise). Press the core to let the air out. Begin unscrewing the core slowly so you don't lose it.

STEP 3: Once all the air is out and the tire is flat, you can install the TireJect tire sealant. It's not messy so any spills can be cleaned up with water. Use the 2 oz injector with a small hose that screws onto the valve stem. Slowly pour the sealant into the injector and use plunger to push the 4oz of sealant into the tire.

STEP 4: Now it's time to screw the valve stem core back into the valve stem so the tire can be aired up again. Use the provided tool and screw the core in (clockwise) until snug - don't over-tighten of course. Go ahead and use an air compressor to pump the tire up to the proper pressure (the recommended PSI for your tire is typically found right on the sidewall).

If you have the car on a jack you may be able to rotate the tire by hand. But it's just as easy to drive the car around for a few minutes. The point is to get the TireJect sloshed around inside the tire so it will "find" the bead leak. The air is escaping the leaky area so it pushes the sealant out at the leak. Genius, right!?

That's it - you should be good to go! Do check your tire pressure again the next day for peace of mind. If for some reason the tire is still leaking the manufacturer recommends adding an additional 2oz of sealant, but this is typically only needed for larger tires on full-size pickups or SUVs.

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