The Car Coach: Fixing a flat tire
Most drivers face a flat tire at least a few times in their lives. There’s more than one way to fix a flat.
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Most drivers face a flat at least a few times in their lives. There never seems to be a convenient time to get a flat tire. Whatever the cause, a flat tire can result in frustrating delays or leave you stranded if you're not properly prepared. Fixing your flat with tire sealant is a quick and easy way to get moving again fast. Many commercial products are available that are designed to fix your flat tire and get you to your final destination by simply pressing a button.
A 1-Step system is the safest and quickest way to get back on the road. They are based on the same technology as many of the Tire Repair Kits included in new vehicles in place of spare tires.
The best 1-Step systems seal punctures and provide 100% inflation in around 7 minutes. At the push of a single button the tire sealant and air are sent into the flat tire, repairing and reinflating the tire in one simple step. No need to wait for a tow or resort to using a tire jack and heavy tools.
1. Inspect your tire tread for puncturing objects and remove any objects, if possible.
2. Unscrew the cap from the flat tire's air stem. The cap will twist off counterclockwise.
3. Screw the injection tube that is included with your tire sealant to the nozzle of the canister. This will attach with a clockwise motion.
4. Plug the inflator into a 12 volt accessory power outlet. Do not run vehicle while inflator is operating.
5. Attach (black) air hose to sealant cartridge nozzle, located at the top of the sealant cartridge. Close the locking lever.
6. Push the yellow power “ON” button to turn on the system. Wait 6 minutes (in temperatures below 32°F wait 12 minutes). Some sealant may remain in the hose. Turn system off and check tire pressure. If additional air is needed, follow “Inflate a Tire” instructions. Disconnect the system once correct tire pressure has been achieved.
Before you have the tire serviced, let the garage personnel know that sealant was used to fix the flat tire.
Tire sealants are designed to provide a temporary fix and are not intended as a permanent repair. Replace your tire or have it professionally patched to ensure future safety. Don’t forget to purchase a replacement canister in case you get a future flat tire.
For more information, visit www.fixaflat.com