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How to Puncture A Tire? – The Sneakiest Way!

How to Puncture a Tire
Last Updated on Aug 16, 2023 By Paul Lucas

Whether for urgency or revenge, you have to puncture a tire but you don’t know how to go about the process safely and effectively.

We’re here to help! With your guide, you can be sure it’s only the tire that will be punctured; not you!

Things You Need to Consider Before Slashing Tires

  • Tires are durable and sturdy so you may need to apply a lot of force
  • Puncturing a tire can make attention catching loud noise if the tire is not deflated
  • It is highly possible to get injured during this process if you are not couscous enough.
  • You can get into a problem if you get caught during or after the task

How to Puncture A Tire

Method 1: Use a knife

Use a knife to Puncture A Tire

Puncturing a tire with a knife is a bit tricky. It’s easy to do, but if your hands slip, you might end up hurting yourself.

That’s why if you have plans to pop/puncture a tire, we don’t recommend using a knife. There are safer and sneakier (if you’re interested) ways mentioned below.

Also, you’ll need a stronger knife than most average pocket knives to deflate/pop a tire. A weak blade will most probably break off, and you’ll end up injuring yourself.

Steps to puncturing a tire with a knife

  • Step 1: Collect a strong and sharp knife
  • Step 2: Select the tire you wanna pop
  • Step 3: Stand on your back keeping the tire between your legs. Kneel for additional balance
  • Step 4: Find a spot on the tire that isn’t reinforced
  • Step 5: Start making small grooves on the tire
  • Step 6: Go slowly back and forth and apply a little more pressure each time
  • Step 7: After making some cuts, you can push the whole blade into the tire

One thing to keep in mind, one cut is enough to deflate the tire over time. The more/larger the cut, the faster the tire will deflate.

Method 2: Use a nail

How to Puncture A Tire

Using nails is considered a dirty trick since many people across the globe use this as a prank.

With a knife, you cut the tire from the side where there is no reinforcement.

But with a nail, you also have to pierce through the reinforcement. That’s why the nails need to be tough, sharp, and placed strategically.

The process may seem easier than using a knife, but you need to plan your actions beforehand. The car’s weight will do the rest as the tires roll.

Steps to popping a tire with nails

  • Step 1: Get a handful of strong and sharp nails (2-3 inches or longer)
  • Step 2: Twist the nails so that wind or insects can’t knock them over
  • Step 3: Place them upside down in front of the tire
  • Step 4: Be strategic with the placement of the nails

That’s about it. If all goes in your favor, the nails will start piercing the tires as soon as the tire starts rolling. With every rotation, the nails will dig deeper until they finally puncture it.

If you don’t want to depend on luck, you can take matters into your own hands and hammer the nails into the tire directly. Then wait for it to go all the way inside.

How to Puncture a Tire With No Damage

How to Puncture a Tire With No Damage

You can also flatten a tire by messing with the valve stem.

For those who aren’t familiar, It is the minuscule needle-like pin/bulge. The valve stem controls the airflow in and out of a tire.

Steps to puncturing a tire with no damage

  • Step 1: Get a car valve tool or a pair of long needle-nose pliers
  • Step 2: Select the tire you wanna pop
  • Step 3: Locate the valve stem
  • Step 4: Remove the valve stem entirely or unscrew the needle/core inside
  • Step 5: Wait till all the air escapes the tire. This will make a loud hissing noise

For a sneakier approach

  • Step 1: Remove the cover of the valve stem
  • Step 2: Press the needle-like core to let the air escape
  • Step 3: Go slow because the harder you press, the faster/louder air will be released

Warning: Your seemingly harmless prank can seriously piss off someone, and they can take legal actions against you. Look before you leap.

How Long To Deflate a Tire?

This might be true that, technically, tires are strong glorified balloons.

But unlike balloons, they don’t pop right away after being punctured. The air inside will take some time to escape completely.

If the tube inside the tire is intact, it may take months to fully deflate the tire. In case of slow leaks, the whole process can take several hours.

The tire will completely drain in a few minutes if you can inflict enough damage. The bigger the hole, the quicker it will be.


Question: Can I just stab a tire?

Ans: Usually, car tires have about 30-35 psi. Stabbing them wouldn’t hurt you. However, the high air pressure inside bike/truck tires (up to 90-120 psi) can cause some serious trouble. That is why we don’t recommend stabbing around bike/truck tires.

Question: What Kind Of Knife Will Cut A Tire?

Ans: you can not do this with a normal kitchen knife. A Swiss knife can do the job more perfectly but you need a very strong one.

Kitchen knives can break and make you injured during the process.

Question: Can I Go To Jail If I Get Caught Slashing A Tire?

Ans: Slashing a tire falls under vandalism. So if the tire you punctured costs less than $500 then you may not go to jail. But you may get arrested, which can ruin your reputation if you never got arrested before.

For tires that cost more than five hundred dollars, you may get a sentence of 90 days along with a fine of 250 dollars.

About the author

Paul Lucas

I grew up in a classic car-oriented family, and was taught how to differentiate between a Ford and a Chevy by my dad when I was just five years old! With special feelings for anything Italian, I enjoy driving and restoring old cars.

Over the years, I became tired of those cookie-cutter auto blogs that copy content from each other and decided to take matters into my own hands! So, I am here to bring you the latest auto industry news, tech innovations, the hottest cars and their specs, reviews, test drives, tuning, and more.

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