I’ve done much of my own maintenance for 20+ years but for some reason never had occasion to plug a punctured tire. But after a NY-Boston drive following
Thanksgiving, I noticed a low back tire and found a screw stuck in the tread. I pumped it up with a compressor, drove over to my local auto parts store, and picked up a $10 tire repair kit.
Back home in the driveway, I put a jack under the car near the tire to keep the rim from settling in top of the bead, pulled the screw out, and followed the instructions for reaming out the puncture hole and inserting the plug. The instructions said rubber cement isn’t necessary but I put some on the plug anyway for insurance. Then pumped the tire back up, and it seemed to hold pressure fine.
It was surprisingly painless. I wonder if anyone here has other tips and tricks for this type of repair, and what shops are charging these days to do it.