Over the years I’ve used duct tape for seemingly 101 applications. Recently one of our MSCA drivers came up with an unorthodox, yet effective, application.
Most of us drivers have experienced the annoying slow tire leak. This is typically the result of a nail, screw, etc., that punctures a tire in such a way as to slowly deflate it over time. This may mean having to put air in the tire every few days. In some cases the tire may be okay under lower than normal pressure (e.g. 26 PSI instead of 33 PSI), because the tire material hasn’t expanded enough for the pressure to significantly force air out.
In the MSCA driver’s case, she was on a road trip of several hours and quite a distance between service stations. She didn’t have a spare tire yet (new car), nor did she have a plug kit and pump on-hand to fix the tire.
Fortunately, she had some duct tape with her. She figured out that if she could tape the breech well enough, the rotation of the tire against the road would seal it well enough to get her to a service station. It worked like a charm. Can you spot the nail in the image below?