Chevrolet Cruze Repair Manual: Tyre Repair
Tire changing can be dangerous and should be done by trained professionals
using proper tools and procedures. Always read and
understand any manufacturer's warnings contained in their customers literature
or molded into the tire sidewall.
Serious eye and ear injury may result from not wearing adequate eye and ear
protection while repairing tires.
NEVER inflate beyond 275 kPa (40 pounds) pressure to seat beads.
Repairable area on a radial tire.
- NEVER repair tires worn to the tread indicators 1.59 mm (2/32 in)
- NEVER repair tires with a tread puncture larger than 6.35 mm (1/4
- NEVER substitute an inner tube for a permissible or non-permissible
- NEVER perform an outside-in tire repair (plug only, on the wheel)
- Every tire must be removed from the wheel for proper inspection and
- Regardless of the type of repair used, the repair must seal the inner
liner and fill the injury.
- Consult with repair material supplier/manufacturer for repair unit
application procedures and repair tools/repair material
Three basic steps for tire puncture repair:
- Remove the tire from the wheel for inspection and repair.
- Fill the injury (puncture) to keep moisture out.
- Seal the inner liner with a repair unit to prevent air loss.
- Prior to demounting, inspect the tire surface, the valve and the wheel
for the source of the leak by using a water and soap solution.
Mark the injured area and totally deflate the tire by removing the valve
- Demount the tire from the wheel and place the tire on a well-lighted
- Spread the beads and mark the puncture with a tire crayon.
- Inspect the inner tire for any signs of internal damage.
- Remove the puncturing object, noting the direction of the penetration.
- Probe the injury with a blunt awl in order to determine the extent and
direction of the injury.
- Remove any loose foreign material from the injury.
- Punctures exceeding 6.35 mm (1/4 in) should not be repaired.
- Clean the area around the puncture thoroughly with a proper liner
cleaner, clean cloth and a scraper. This step serves to remove dirt
and mold lubricants to insure proper adhesion and non-contamination of the
- Refer to information on the product or manufacturer's Material Safety
Data Sheet and follow guidelines for handling and disposal.
Clean the Injury Channel
- Use a proper hand reamer, carbide cutter or drill bit to ream the
puncture channel from the inside of the tire in order to clean the
- Remove steel wires protruding above the liner surface to prevent damage
to the repair unit.
- Consult your repair material supplier for recommended reaming tool(s).
Fill the Injury
- It is necessary to fill the injury channel to provide back up for the
repair unit and to prevent moisture from entering the tire fabric
and steel wires.
- For combination repair/plug units skip this step. Cement the injured
channel and fill the injury from the inside of the tire with the
repair plug per repair material manufacturer's recommendations. Without
stretching the plug, cut the plug off just above the inside
- Consult your repair material supplier for proper repair material
Repair Unit Selection
Note: Do not install the repair unit in this step.
- Center the repair unit over the injury as a reference and outline an
area larger than the unit so that buffing will not remove the
- Remove the repair unit.
- DO NOT overlap previous or multiple repair units.
- Consult your repair material supplier for proper repair unit selection.
- To prevent contamination and preserve the outline, buff within the
marked area thoroughly and evenly with a low speed buffing tool
using a fine wire brush or gritted rasp.
- Buff to a smooth velvet surface (RMA #1 or #2 buffed texture).
- Use caution not to gouge the inner liner or expose casing fabric.
- Remove any buffing dust with a vacuum cleaner.
- Consult your repair material supplier for a proper buffing tool.
Apply chemical cement according to the repair material manufacturer's
Repair Unit Application
The tire must be in the relaxed position when the repair unit is installed.
Do not spread the beads excessively.
Two-Piece Plug and Repair Units
- If applicable, install the repair unit so that the alignment
- Center the repair unit over the injury and stitch down thoroughly with
the stitching tool, working from the center out.
- Being careful not to stretch the plug material, cut the plug flush with
the outer tread.
Combination Repair/Plug Units
- Pull the plug through the injury until the repair just reaches the
liner. Stitch down thoroughly.
- Follow the repair material manufacturer's recommendations for further
Consult your repair material supplier for the proper stitching tool.
Some run flat tires may require more than 275 kPa (40 psi) to seat the bead.
In such a case, a tire safety cage must be used. Consult the
tire manufacturer for its individual repair policy.
- After remounting and inflating the tire, check both beads, the repair
and the valve with a water and soap solution in order to detect
- If the tire continues to lose air, the tire must be demounted and
- Balance the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Assembly
Balancing - Off Vehicle.
For additional tire puncture repair information, contact:
Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA)
1400 K Street, N.W., Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005-2403
Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the
Remove the wheel center cap.
Mark the relationship of the wheel (2) to the hub.
Caution: Use a tire changing machine in order to dismount tires. Do
not use hand tools or tire irons alone in order to remove the tire from
the wheel. Damage to the tire beads or the wheel rim coul ...
Danger, Warnings, and Cautions
Warning messages found on vehicle labels and in this manual describe hazards
and what to do to avoid or reduce them.
Danger indicates a hazard with a high level of risk which will result in serious
injury or death.
Warning or Caution indicates a hazard that could result in injury or death.
Air Conditioning Condenser Replacement (1.6L LDE, LXT, LXV, and 1.8L 2H0)
Recover the refrigerant. Refer to Refrigerant Recovery and Recharging.
Disconnect battery negative cable. Refer to Battery Negative Cable
Disconnection and Connection.
Remove front bumper fascia. Refer to Front Bumper Fascia Replacement.
Remove air intake duct ...
Drive Belt Replacement
EN 6349 Locking Pin
For equivalent regional tools, refer to Special Tools.
Open the hood.
Remove the power steering pump belt. Refer to Power Steering Pump Belt
Raise the vehicle by its full height. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the