My point was that, if in some countries one can be required to
demonstrate the ability to change a wheel in order to be allowed to
drive, it surely cannot be impossible for any adult -- even your
"diminutive wife" -- to change a wheel and thus replace one with a
punctured tire by the spare. Has she tried? If she truly was unable to
do so, were the nuts overtightened?
Last time I used fix a flat
My daily drive is 24 miles one way on a state highway middle of no where
Heavy truck traffic in the dark and in the winter time
most area's were down to one lane made it to a intersection
pop trunk hmmm blow up mini spare or a can of fix a flat?
Then Got the same line from the min. wage tire patching Wally world jerk
when told I'd need a patch all the gunk cleaned out and rebalance
I got some tires at Pep Boys about 25 years ago and the guy complained about
the goop inside the tire but that was with the old Spare Tire In A Can
stuff. Nobody has complained in the last several years but I only go to
America's Tires now and they are a lot more professional than other places.
Heck, they will even fix a flat for free even if you didn't buy your tires
Back when I was a kid I bought an old beater car and drove it for a
few years. When I finally got a flat, I could not get the lugnuts
off. Fortunately the flat occurred near my home, so I was able to
walk home and get some "real tools". Even with socket on a breaker
bar with a piece of pipe over the handle, and a friend to help, we
could not get off the rusted lugnuts. We finally had to get a tow
truck to take the car to a nearby service station and they could not
get the nuts off with an impact wrench. It took a torch to finally
get them off. Ever since, the first thing I do when I get a used car
is take off all the lugnuts and grease the threads. I have an impact
wrench so that helps. Everyone should do this BEFORE they get a flat
somewhere out on the road.
Thanks for all the info about the fix-a-flat. I have never used it,
and after reading this thread, I probably never will unless it's an
absolute emergency. I have had a can for years, but I have always
changed the tire. Most of the time the tire is shot by the time I get
stopped anyhow. Those small leak flats mostly occur when the car is
parked from a nail or something. When the car is on the highway the
tire is ususlly destroyed before the car stops.
I thought I was right when I told my friend to get a his tire patched,
and thought the fix-a-flat was only temporary. I just wanted to be
sure about this. I know what the can says, but I wanted to see what
One question though. What is the gunk that has to be cleaned out of a
tire after using fix-a-flat? I mean, what is it made of? Does anyone
Good day !
It doesn't matter that it makes a mess. The mess can be cleaned up a
lot easier than the mess you make when you get run over by a semi on
the highway as you foolishly attempt to change a tire that could be
quickly sealed and inflated without all that danger. You are a fool. I
know how to change a tire, and have done it many times. Unlike you, I
also have a brain and the ability to do things in better ways.
Changing a tire by the side of a busy highway should only be done if
there is no other option. You sound like a Darwin candidate.
I've tried the cans with the white nipple on top, which work barely if at
The more expensive kind with the hose and the push button seem to work well
They contain some kind of latex product which dries after awhile. The
instruction is to drive the vehicle after inflating, so the latex is evenly
distributed. Fix and park, and the stuff hardens in one spot inside the
It's also wise to carry a little compressor. Wiser still, is to keep the
tires properly inflated, and replace tires before they go bald.
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