When I drove through the hills of SW Virginia and Tenn, I discovered a flat on my drive It was inopportune that I was low on fuel and almost stuck on an extreme country hill. But it was good that I discovered the leak and quickly aired it up with my gladhand air hose. But the tire did not stay inflated and kept a slow leak which I had to inflate every 100 or so miles. Was it a leak on by bead? I sprayed soapy water and could see bubbles forming – the tire had to be removed and reseated.
If you don’t need a tire to be changed out, it’s best to do work at a local tire shop where the work is faster and the prices reasonable. And that’s why I visited Mr Crumbley in Theodore. He’s got a old truck shop that’s rough around the edges and seen its share of trucks and years.
Inside his shop are his prize trophies from deer and bull sharks caught in the Gulf Coast. Mr Crumbley was the right man for this job and he only charged me $55 to do the tire.
Here’s the culprit – a chard of metal that sliced through my tire causing a leak. Mr Crumbley used a water hose determined where the leak was coming from. Then he patched the hole with a patch and rubber cement, then lighting it on fire in a practice called hot patching.