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Old 07-04-2010, 09:57 PM
 
Location: ID
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Do not use fix a flat on a vehicle equipped with TPMS. It can cause all sorts of problems.

There was a big deal made about plugging a tire that had fix a flat in it, back when it first came out. Seems that friction from the tire plug tool against the steel cords in the casing could cause a spark and explosion. Was it true or just an urban legend? Damned if I know. I do know that stuff would sure make a mess.

And I'll take a plug over a patch any day.
Fix-A-Flat type goo is frequently now standard equipment in that hole known as the spare tire well.

My Pontiac has it. Many cars now have it.

Consider: A can of goop weighs a pound, a donut weighs 20+ lbs.
A can of goop costs a buck or two, a donuts costs 50 (?) bucks.

Goop destroys the tire pressure monitor, which means somebody gets to sell you a new one!

Not to mention the percentage of the population with the skill and motivation to operate a car jack is probably nearing the percentage of the population that knows how to drive a stick.

My manual says call onstar or somebody if you get a flat. That's fine, until the warranty runs out.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Tried it in the back tire of my station wagon... ran right out of the tire.. white foamy garbage... didnt even phase it and the tire had only went flat from setting a few months and I had not even moved the car.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:41 PM
 
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Tried it in the back tire of my station wagon... ran right out of the tire.. white foamy garbage... didnt even phase it and the tire had only went flat from setting a few months and I had not even moved the car.

If your tire has been sitting completely flat for months then your tire probably wasn't beaded anymore and beading a tire is beyond the scope of these cans. Setting the bead on some of the tires I built could be as easy as just airing it up like normal or using high psi. Many times I have to hit the tire with a sledge hammer while airing it up to get it to bead. Sometimes I have to put a strap around the tire and compress it while airing it up with high psi air. Seen people use lighter fluid for car tires. I would never expect a can of fix-a-flat to reset a bead.

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Old 07-04-2010, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Yeah, I may have to get an air tank to it and hit it as we try to air it up... or drive it over to the compressor, but I dont want to ruin it (tire) by driving it across the driveway flat.

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If your tire has been sitting completely flat for months then your tire probably wasn't beaded anymore and beading a tire is beyond the scope of these cans. Setting the bead on some of the tires I built could be as easy as just airing it up like normal or using high psi. Many times I have to hit the tire with a sledge hammer while airing it up to get it to bead. Sometimes I have to put a strap around the tire and compress it while airing it up with high psi air. Seen people use lighter fluid for car tires. I would never expect a can of fix-a-flat to reset a bead.
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