OK, the deal with this stuff is it works wonders. You do not normally want
to use it unless you need it, I would not recommend putting it in a tire
"just in case". Yes you can still get the tire repaired, and it does no
damage to the tire. The kicker is this, it is highly explosive. This is
not a worry on a normal street car, perhaps on a high performance race car.
The place where this gets to be a problem is the next time you have your
tires changed and they put it on the rack to break the bead, this can cause
an explosion, and kill or mame the tire guy. While the occurences of this
happening are really low, it still happens enough to be a concern. If you
use it, you need to tell the tire shop, and the tire is supposed to be
filled and emptied three times to remove it.
No, I have never known of it affecting wheel balance but I have never gone
From: Andrew Holmes [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2000 2:07 PM
Subject: RE: "Tire in a can" (was: RE: Suggested boot tools?)
I've never used that kind of fix-a-flat stuff. If you use it, can you still
get the tire repaired (ie, if you run over a nail, can you get the hole
fixed)? Is it necessary to repair the tire after you use it, or does that
permanently fix it? Does the gunk mess up the tire after you use it? And
finally, does it affect the wheel balance?
Basically, if I have an otherwise good tire with a repairable puncture, do I
want to use this stuff?
'66 mkII spit with a spare panasport rim, but no spare tire . . .
>From: "Bowen, Patrick A RP2" <PABowen@sar.med.navy.mil>
>Reply-To: "Bowen, Patrick A RP2" <PABowen@sar.med.navy.mil>
>To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" <email@example.com>, Dean Dashwood
>Subject: RE: "Tire in a can" (was: RE: Suggested boot tools?)
>Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 13:42:10 -0400
>Stuff works great - One EXCEPTION - Always make sure the item (if any) that
>caused the pucture is removed prior to filling. It will not seal with the
>item still there. Found this out on a long drive through South Lakeshore
>in Chicago - ended up destroying the rim on a Grand Marquis that way. For
>those of you familiar with Chicago you know why I didn't stop, shortcut
>- demilitarized zone.
>From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
>Sent: Friday, April 07, 2000 11:14 AM
>To: Dean Dashwood; firstname.lastname@example.org
>Subject: Re: "Tire in a can" (was: RE: Suggested boot tools?)
>that stuff works great! I carry no spare (so I have luggage space)
>I've been using it for years.
>I even use to carry a can with me on my dirt bike on cross country
>The real trick is to get the proper size can for the tire you
>want to fill. That way you get the full dose of 'goo' for the air volume
>injected into the tire.
>also make sure the valve is at the bottom of the tire when you fill it
>(unless you get the can with the flexible tube nozzle extension)
>You need to run the tire at road speed for at least 15 minutes to get
> the 'goo' evenly distributed around the tire. Warming it up (tire running
>on the road) helps vaporize the 'goo' and it will seek out the puncture.
>Running at speed before it sets up will eliminate any weight imbalance
>in the tire caused by it puddling in one place.
>Paul Tegler email@example.com http://www.teglerizer.com
>OBie - '73 BGT - daily driver
>Punkin' - '78 Spitfire - corner ripping screamer
>Lil' Greenee - '73 RWA Midget - lady killer
>From: Dean Dashwood <Dean.Dashwood@enron.com>
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
>Date: Friday, April 07, 2000 11:12 AM
>Subject: "Tire in a can" (was: RE: Suggested boot tools?)
>You mean the stuff that comes as standard in a Lotus Elise, because there's
>room for a complete spare wheel?
>Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 09:41:21 -0400
>From: "Banbury, Terrence" <Terrence.Banbury@dnr.state.oh.us>
>Subject: RE: Suggested boot tools?
>How about the "tire in a can" stuff? Never used it...don't know.
>Terrence N. Banbury
>1967 SPITFIRE MK III