Imagine my delight when I discovered my tire pressure heading down and losing at 21 lbs (year old Metzeler Tourance, Rear) in my garage versus miles from home! The tire was toast, and due to be replaced, so I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to test this new fangled tire plugger.
So I fired up the air, dug out my tire plugger, which I have faithfully carried in the tool kit for a couple of years, along with the traditional messy greased rope plugger.
The fault of the leak was 6 penny stainless steel ring shank picked up somewhere yesterday as my wife and I rode up the road on the Minnesota side of the Mississippi North to our home..It was imbedded to the shank, and the soap bubbles confirmed the slow leak, and I pulled it out with the needle nose, resulting in the remaining feeble air to escape in seconds....
The first sign of trouble was to get the injector into the tire- without any pressure to keep the tire solid, it was IMPOSSIBLE to get it in, even after reaming out the hole, greasing the injector, so I partially inflated the tire, but still took way too much effort to get the thingy in the tire...Try to imagine doing this on a dark road, only C02 canisters your only source of air...you would not of got it done, I am afraid! This sucks!
Once the injector was inserted per instructions the product worked as intended, crank on the allen wrench until the bulbous little head of the plug was inserted through the tire wall, the gently withdraw the injector...and then slice the head of the plug level with the tire..Very pretty...One slight problem...The sucker leaked, and on a subsequent try with another one to be sure I performed the install correctly, it also leaked, not full bore "hsssss", but way more then it should of. I also found very little pressure was needed to push the plug right into the tire after it was installed; it appeared not to be seated; so much for no glue!
Long story short, I shoved BOTH of these failed plugs inside, took one try with my old fashion plugger my dad gave me 20 years ago (the greased rope 20+ years old) and it held on the first try, tire now deflated, no effort, and no work; I then sliced it level, and have been riding errands to town 20+ miles today with nary a lb. of loss of air.
OBVIOUSLY I am getting a new tire tomorrow, and OBVIOUSLY I am taking it easy here on this fix, but I think, my tire plugger will now hit the bottom drawer in the tool box for ever more...it really sucked, it failed, it does not work as advertised for me...Now as usual, somebody on this forum is bound to come back here that I did it wrong, they have used it 20 times in a row and rode another 500 miles to their mothers house and back, and all I got to say to you is bully for you...It did not work for me, and thatÔÇÖs all I got to say..