OT Spare Tire in a Spray Can Any Good?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Al Smith, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. Al Smith

    Al Smith Guest

    It was 7 lousy degrees out this morning. My beloved
    98 Civic HX is sitting in the barn waiting for the salt
    to wash away. Meanwhile, I am driving a 90 Dodge
    Omni with 178k on it. The Omni is my sacrificial anode.

    Anyway, one of the tires has a slow leak. I have to pump
    it up every morning. Every year I had put grease
    on the lugs otherwise the nuts rust on solid. I didn't grease
    it this year. Did I mention that it's cold?

    Is there a spray can fix that would get me about 3 months use?
    Al Smith, Jan 29, 2004

  2. The answer is "maybe" I've kept one of those things in the trunk for
    years; used them three times. Actually sealed the leak twice.

    DON'T use it on a tire you care about, it makes an awful mess inside
    that you'll have to clean up - in my case, it threw the balance of the
    tire off as well.

    Sadly, they work best if it's warm. Take seriously the recommendation
    to drive the car a good while immediately after use.

    if it were me, and I had other transportation, I take the wheel off and
    take it to a service station to be reseated. TELL them it's because of
    a slow leak.
    Scott Schuckert, Jan 29, 2004
  3. Al Smith

    jim Guest

    for what i would pay for a spray can of stuff you can just drive it to a
    tire place and get the flat fixed for the $6-$7 they would charge you
    for either the flat or the spray can.....
    jim, Jan 29, 2004
  4. Al Smith

    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    Friggin Firestone store charged me $25.00 last year to patch one of
    their tires that had a finnish nail dead center in the tread area. I
    thought it should be more like seven or eight bucks. bob
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Jan 29, 2004
  5. Al Smith

    Al Smith Guest

    Taking it somewhere I have considered,
    but as a last option because it could do
    more harm than good.

    A number of years ago
    I sheared off one of the studs
    trying to get the nut loose. That is
    when I started greasing the lugs
    every year. This thing is not made
    of quality material and for the last
    8 years the only time it has been
    driven is when there is salt on the road.

    I tried one of those spray things a long
    time ago. Apparently I didn't drive it long
    enough because the tire was good
    only for a circus car. I think if I try it again,
    I am only going to use a tiny portion of
    the can. I'm hoping there is something
    better today. It seems to me that if we
    can figure out a way to send a U. S.
    Senator to the moon,
    we ought to be able to figure out how to
    seal a leak in a tire.
    Al Smith, Jan 29, 2004
  6. Al Smith

    Al Smith Guest

    That's another reason I am hesitating. I got same "deal" last
    time. There is a local (North Central Ohio) joint that charges about
    $8, but they were telling stories about some new tires I wanted
    a couple of years ago.
    I have boycotted them since. Maybe I should give in, but I am
    still concerned about getting lug nuts sheared off. I didn't check
    if this tire is one the wheel with only three left.
    Al Smith, Jan 29, 2004
  7. Al Smith

    Al Smith Guest

    Thinking back to my experience, if you shoot the whole can
    in there, I think "a good while" would be about 10,000 miles.
    Al Smith, Jan 29, 2004
  8. Al Smith

    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    By the way, that was the carry-in price. I have a jack and do my own
    tire rotations. I can tighten the lugs to my own satisfaction. bob
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Jan 29, 2004
  9. Al Smith

    TL Guest

    I'd concur with others. Take it somewhere and have the tire fixed.
    Otherwise you'll be fooling with this forever. I've never liked the
    idea of that goo inside my tire; I'd consider the can only for
    absolute emergencies. Even if it is $25 (should be less), so what?
    Let's get real. Not much more than a tank of gas ... PLUS I notice
    that you say it is COLD outside : - )
    TL, Jan 29, 2004
  10. Al Smith

    Al Smith Guest

    I'm going to try some Slime!

    Why? "Because Flats Suck."
    How can you argue with that?

    Al Smith, Jan 29, 2004
  11. Al Smith

    bearman Guest

    In Albuquerque, Discount Tire Co. fixes flats for free. Sure it's just a
    gimmick to get new customers (or treat old customers right) but so what?

    I've heard stories (maybe urban legends) that the gas those cans put in the
    tire is flammable and there have been accidents when the flat fixer guy
    starts to remove the tire from the wheel.

    I only use the stuff in my wheelbarrow and rototiller tires.

    bearman, Jan 29, 2004
  12. Al Smith

    123.bam Guest

    that will work great against flats, but you might look into how well
    it might perform at highway speeds in 20-30 degree f temperature. I
    believe the "slime" is mostly for bicycles, for which hardly ever
    exceed 30mpg.
    I propose the slime will either freeze in one spot or not be thin
    enough to coat the inside of the tire evenly at 50 mph that could
    mean a very very unbalanced tire.
    123.bam, Jan 29, 2004
  13. Al Smith

    Al Smith Guest

    Au Contraire. If you would have looked at the link I provided -
    and I am shocked that you did not - slime can be used to -30 degrees F.

    Furthermore, use in automobiles is recommended.
    Al Smith, Jan 30, 2004
  14. Al Smith

    null_pointer Guest

    I've used several pressurized canned products with good results.
    I keep 2 cans in the trunk for emergency use. If I get a nail, it
    buys me some time until I can get it fixed properly. Never tried it
    long term.
    One thing about Slime: You need to remove the valve core to install
    and need a source of pressurized air after installing the valve core.
    To me, this makes slime a non-contender for emergency use. The canned
    products I have used provided enough pressure (some gas...probably NOT
    air) to be able to drive away

    P.S. I found the phrase "The Omni is my sacrificial anode" to be one
    of the most intelligent and amusing things I have ever read on any
    null_pointer, Jan 30, 2004
  15. Al Smith

    Al Smith Guest

    I had - but couldn't find so bought another one today - a little
    12 volt air compressor. I don't believe I have every had a tire
    problem that was ever so severe that it wouldn't hold air for
    an hour or two. I really like these small 12 volt compressors.
    Sears is one source. Not only are they a great time and effort saver
    on the road, they can inflate basketballs, footballs, bicycle
    tires, etc. The one I got can pressurize up to 250 psi. It might
    take a day or so to get there, but that kind of pressure can be handy.

    From what I read, you can put the Slime in anytime you want -
    even before you have a leak - not that I am that ambitious.
    Sunday it is supposed to get all the way up to 32. I might
    try it then

    The canned
    It is a consolation that my 14-year travail has brought mirth.
    Al Smith, Jan 30, 2004
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    Charlie S Guest

    I drive on freeways and don't question spending money on tires and
    brakes. I would not drive a car with missing or damaged wheel nuts. I
    replaced a couple of the wheel studs on a Mazda pickup a few years
    ago. I think I payed $2 or $3 each for them at an auto store. You hit
    the stud with a hammer and it pops out the back. You may have to press
    it out with big clamp if it's rusted in place.
    Charlie S, Jan 30, 2004
  17. Al Smith

    123.bam Guest

    Ill stand partway corrected. my point being is their recommendation,
    Not recommended as a preventative for all 4 automotive tires. recommended
    as a repair only for automotive application due to possible tire
    imbalance. Not intended for speeds in excess of 75 m.p.h will not seal
    bead leaks
    and finally it has a recomended life span of 2 years. then what
    happens? do you add more? Do you have the tire dis-mounted cleaned of
    all the old goo. What happens if the goo after 2 years becomes a solid,
    do you replace the tires, re-balance them etc.

    as an emergency repair its good stuff, I use it in my bicycle tubes all
    the time and with good results but I replace the tubes every 2-3 years
    123.bam, Jan 30, 2004
  18. Al Smith

    Me Guest

    At Hibdon Tire here in Oklahoma they always ask if you have it in
    there and they charge you extra if you do. I think they charge double
    if you didn't tell them. Ironically, they sell their own version that
    they put in when they install the tire which supposedly turns the tire
    leak-proof. Who knows....

    Me, Feb 4, 2004
  19. Al Smith

    Me Guest

    If you don't care about the slight weight penalty, I got sick of
    replacing tubes all the time due to stickers (those prickly seeds),
    and I bought the foam rubber inner tubes from Wal-Mart. It was around
    $14 a tire, but I've had them for two years without replacing a tube,
    and I used to replace them every 3-4 months.

    Me, Feb 4, 2004
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