How to Slash Tires?
It’s always a good idea to be prepared, whether you’re in the city or out on the road. Here are some tips for how to slash a tire, so that if an emergency arises, you’ll know what to do!
A tire is made up of thousands of tiny rubber threads, and it serves as the most important part of your vehicle. When you slash or puncture a tire with a knife, air will escape from the hole.
A lot of people think that they need to use a knife or puncture the tires, but there is actually an easier way. With this method, all you need is one nail and the knowledge of where to stab it in order for your car’s air pressure inside the tire to escape quickly.
The most common method is using the metal piece on the side of a matchbox to slash tires. This actually works, but will take some effort and time.
Another way to do it is with an icepick or other sharp object that can pierce into the tire. It takes less effort than slitting it with a matchbox metal piece, but longer time due to its small size.
The other way is using a metal wire or other thin object to puncture the tire from the inside of the wheel rim directly behind one of the tires
How to slash tire with knife
As a survival skill, it’s actually pretty easy to slash tires with a knife. All you need is the following:
- A sharp blade or knife
- Some patience and practice [don’t get hysterical when it takes you several attempts]
- A little bit of cunning angle
- And some luck [when no one watches] You can use any strong cutting tool for this purpose, but make sure it has a wide, thin and very sharp blade. So, here we go:
Get in there and make your cut quickly. The faster you do this, the better chances you’ll be unnoticed by the people around (or by security camera). Don’t worry if you can’t do it perfect the first time, even with the best of luck and cunning angles, because practice makes perfect and you’ll get better and more precise with each next attempt.
Find a good vantage point. This is just as critical as your speed and precision – if you’re overlooking an empty field or somewhere where there’s nothing to stop your way – you’re all set! Look for something like a window on the upper floor, open garage door… Basically anywhere outside from public eye. If needed – find a high spot from which you can look down directly onto your target.
Make only ONE CUT. This is very important! You can’t slash two or more tires from one vantage point because this will definitely draw attention to what you’re doing. And that’s the last thing you want in this situation! Keep your cool, take a deep breath, think of all the family members you’d feed with the money earned from selling these tires, and make your cut swiftly but smoothly.
Get away from there, fast !!! If everything went well, you won’t be noticed by anyone. But still keep an eye open for suspicious activity behind your back. People might come to check the parked cars, automatic security cameras might start working… So get out of there as quickly as you can, look for a hiding spot and wait for dark to fall.
Return later at night or early morning, when it’s not possible to be noticed by anyone anymore. Remember where you’ve slashed the tire earlier? Right! Go back there and slit that other side too. By then nobody should care about you anymore, so just stay low-profile and no one will notice your next move.
Slashed tires are easy to spot on parking lots – no matter what color they’re painted with. If you can’t find any suitable place around, think of ways how to make your own. This is not the best option though, because if your ploy’s discovered by security cameras – you’re in some serious trouble.
That’s pretty much it! Keep practicing this skill before you have to do it for real and leave no traces behind whatsoever. If everything went well, you will be the only person with slashed tires around that area at that time and no one will suspect a thing!
How To Repair A Slashed or Punctured Tire?
Is your tire slashed? Don’t worry, we can help. A flat tire can be a pain and there is nothing worse than putting miles on that one you just repaired and then having it happen again. Here’s how:
- Ensure the surface below you is safe to work with and will not damage anything under your car such as oily or wet surfaces etc.
- If possible, find a level ground where you have room to get under the car safely while still leaving space for another person to either help or make repairs if needed.
- Park the car across from a wall so you have something to lean against while working under the car.
- Remove jack stand(s) and safely lower vehicle to ground.
- If your tire is shredded, you will need to remove it from your wheel studs or bolts on your car so that it will be easier to repair. To do this, break out the lug wrench and loosen lug nuts by turning counter-clockwise until they are free of the bolts/studs. Remember to never loosen lug nuts with anything but a designated lug wrench.
- Once all five lugs have been loosened, lift up on wheel while moving toward center of vehicle in order to take out of studs/bolts.
- In order to repair shredded tire, pull off old rubber from inside of tire and save inner-tube. If you have been gentle on the outside of the tire while replacing it back onto the car, you should have no trouble sewing a patch onto your tube later.
- Have one person hold the blade of a utility knife flat on top of puncture in tire . While someone else pulls on handle of razor blade cutter with both hands until the blade cuts through the tire.
- While pulling out or cutting rubber away from tire, use pliers to remove excess belt material . Pliers should only be used on very close contact surfaces to prevent damage to your tire. Lean belt material slightly toward rim of tire for better access while removing with pliers . Remember not to cut too deep into your tire in order to avoid further damage.
- If you are having trouble removing belt material (wire) don’t get frustrated! It is hanging up because there is still air inside the tire pressuring it against the wire/belt which makes removal difficult. The best way I have found to remove this is by inserting a tire iron into the sidewall of your tire and slowly working around the circumference of the tire until you have loosened all wire up enough to take pliers to it.
- Slicing away at rubber exposes inner-tube which must then be removed from inside of tire . With another person holding wheel firmly in place (preventing tube from slipping back into closed hole), break out old valve stem or cut it off with razor blade cutter by placing flat side on top of stem and cutting up through cap. Be careful not to damage thread section of stem.
- Insert new valve stem (threaded end first, then smooth end) into hole in tire casing. Be sure to place valve stem through the correct hole to ensure an air-tight seal
- Reinsert inner-tube back into tire casing by inserting rounded end through hole in tire and working remaining section of tube down inside sidewall until flat end of tube is past rim of your tire . Remember, be sure to put inner-tube back inside tire with right side up! There should be a small “H” stamped onto the side facing up you
- If your shredded or punctured tire has been removed from your vehicle, it would now be time to repair any holes if needed before reattaching flat rubber back onto your axle. Place your inner-tube back inside tire with right side up! There should be a small “H” stamped onto the side facing up you. Remember, be sure to put inner-tube back inside tire with right side up!
- With another person holding wheel firmly in place (preventing tube from slipping back into closed hole), go ahead and break out old valve stem or cut it off with razor blade cutter by placing flat side on top of stem and cutting up through cap. Be careful not to damage thread section of stem .
- If you are having trouble removing “belt material” (wire) don’t get frustrated! It hanging up because there is still air inside the tire pressuring it against the wire/belt which makes removal difficult. The best way I have found to remove this is by inserting a tire iron into the sidewall of your tire and slowly working around circumference of wheel until you have loosened all wire up enough to take pliers to it.
- Now that you have removed any excess belt material from inside your tire, place one side of patch kit on top of puncture with sticky side facing upwards . Once in place, work out any air pockets or bubbles as you apply pressure to seal the patch onto your tire .
- In order for patch kit adhesive to properly bond with rubber, allow time for both surfaces to dry completely before testing inflation .
- If you do not have a patch kit, then cut out small square of duct tape (not too big though! Just slightly bigger than puncture)
- Overlap end of tape and press down firmly along entire length at least three times for maximum adhesive strength .
- After tire has finished drying, air it up to proper tire pressure and continue on your merry way! You just saved yourself some money and maybe even a life if left unrepaired.
How to slash tires is now easier than ever. We’ve provided you with some great tips on how to slash a tire using common household items. If you have any questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to comment below.