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WHEELS, TIRES AND BRAKES
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becoming part of it. However. they are far too
bulky to carry for roadside repairs and the
strength is unnecessary for a temporary repair.
Cold patches are not vulcanized to the tube;
they are simply glued to it. Though not as
strong as hot patches, cold patches are still very
durable. Cold patch kits are less bulky than hot
and are more easily applied while on the road.
A cold patch kit containing everything
necessary tucks in easily with your emergency
tool kit.
Follow the instructions provided with the
repair kit or use the following general
instructions.
1. Install the valve core into the valve stem
and inflate the tube slightly. Do not overinflate.
2. Immerse the tube in water a section at a
time (Figure 31). Look carefully for bubbles
indicating a hole. Mark each hole and continue
checking until you are certain that all holes are
discovered and marked. Also make sure that
the valve core is not leaking; tighten it if
necessary.
N O T E
If you do not have enough water to
ir~zr?iersesections ofthe tube, try r ~ l n n i n g
your hand over the tube slowly and very
close to the su~face. If your hand Is
damp, it works even better. I f y o u suspect
a hole anyw,here, app1.v some saliva to
the area to verifi it.
3.
Roughen the area around the hole slightly
larger than the patch: use a cap from the tire
repair kit or a pocket knife. Do not scrape too
vigorously o r you may cause additional
damage.
4. Apply a small quantity ofthe special cement
to the puncture and spread it evenly with a
finger.
5 . Allow t h e c e m e n t to dry until it's
tacky-usually 30 seconds or so is sufficient.
6.
Remove the backing from the patch.
CA
C'TION
Do
not touch the newly exposed rubber
wtth jqour fingers or the putch wdl not
strck firrnlv.
7. Center the patch over the hole. Hold the
patch firmly in place for about 30 seconds to
allow the cement to set.
8.
Dust the patched area with talcum powder
to prevent sticking.
9.
Carefully check inside the tire casing for
glass particles, nails, or other objects which
may have damaged the tube. Ifthe inside ofthe
tire is split. apply a patch to the area to keep it
from pinching and damaging the tube again.
10. Deflate the tube before installing in the
tire.
TUBELESS TIRES
W A R N I N G
D o not ~ n s t a l l an lnner tube rns~de a
tubeless trre. The tube wrll cause an
abnorn?al heat hurldup
111
the trre
Tubeless tires have the word "TUBELESS"
molded in the tire sidewall (Figure 32) and the
rims have "TUBELESS" marked on them
(Figure
33).
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