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Old 05-06-2005, 11:24 AM
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Use Of Fix-A-Flat...

Wassup guys...
I've heard both sides of the coin... I wanna know from you all, is it or is it NOT safe to use fix-a-flat on a rim with a slow leak??? Now, mind u, this is a 20" Dayton we're talking about. SOmething about it eats the sealant inside the tire? I wanna give it a try. Don't have $90 right now for another tire, but I DO have $3.99

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Old 05-06-2005, 11:56 AM
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Where is the tire leaking at? If it is repairable, just have a tire shop plug it or rebead the tire or put a new valve stem in. Any of the 3 would cost about the same as fix a flat. If it is a hole in the side wall, fixaflat won't work anyways.
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Old 05-06-2005, 12:03 PM
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In my town, any of those would be considered a flat repair and billed $15. After you wait in line for a hour at least. If you do use it, let your tire tech know so he doesn't let it cover him when he let's the tire air down. It nasty stuff that hard to get off of ya.
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Old 05-06-2005, 12:21 PM
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I would only use fix a flat if it was in an emergency, and only as a temporary fix. I don't know if it would work well after being in the tire for long period of time.


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Old 05-06-2005, 12:26 PM
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FWIW, The Z06 Corvettes do not come with spare tires, but have a tire inflator kit that includes a can of leak sealant and an air pump.

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Old 05-06-2005, 12:46 PM
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Hmmm... a couple of yeses, a couple of "no"'s... I think I'll just put some air in it. I just put them on my 85 Cap Rice yesterday, and one seems to have a slow leak. Inflate it for today/night, and in the morning hit the tire shop. Let them dip it in the vat of aqua. I knew u guys would come thru with some answers. Hotrodders to the rescue, once again
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Old 05-06-2005, 04:43 PM
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1. what exactly is a cap rice? A riced caprice?
2. I personally tried fix-a-flat and it worked great.
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Old 05-09-2005, 03:28 AM
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I used to bust tire for a livin' back in the day. Fix-A-Flat is 100% pure crap IMHO! Nothing nice to say about it. Never failed, people would bring in tires with golf ball sized holes in them and wondered why FF didn't fix their flat! It's a real pain in the ***** to get out of the tire when doing a proper repair. Plus you have all the crap sloshing around in the tire too. Not good for balance either. Take it to a shop and have it fixed right. If you do have a hole in the sidewall, then there isn't any repairs that will safely work, including patching. If it's just a rim leak, then a competant shop should be able to easily fix it. What kinda wheel is it? I know we had a few problems with the plating coming off of the insides of chromeys allowing the bead area to pit and leak. Not fun...
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Here it is Monday, And I've just put air in it over the weekend. I'm scared to use the fix-a-flat. I had a set of 18"s that I used it on and it seemed to help, although I sold them shortly thereafter. But I've heard horror storied of the fluid coming through the rim through the spokes and that they eat away at the sealant inside the tire??? I hear it's gonna be 90 bucks for a good used tire.
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I have never heard that stuff can damage tires. Sounds like urban legend stuff. I always charge wheel barrow tires, hand truck tires, kiddy car tires, etc. cheapie pneumatic tires with the liquid stop leak so they will have air in them when I need to use them. Have never has any sign of tire/tube damage in many years but always have tires w/ air in them when I need them!
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Okay, since I've been fixing tires every day for the last 8 years, I'll chime in on this one.

Fix a Flat is a temporary substance to inflate your tire so you can get it in and get it fixed. It usually doesn't work that well stopping any kind of serious leak. It might slow it down, that's about it.

It's okay to use in small lawn mower type tires, but if you've had to use fix a flat in your car tire, get it down to the tire shop and get a ten dollar bill out and have it fixed properly. Why risk messing up an expensive tire or wheel?
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Old 05-09-2005, 07:51 PM
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I've used it on the garden tractor and the trailer I pull behind it. Tires are still up after a year or so. Never have used it on a car tire though. I'd hate have somebody change a tire after I filled it with goop. Garden tractor and trailer have tubes so the mess is a little more contained.
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I figure if the leak is small enough to fix with "Fix a flat" its small enough for a tire shop to patch over for about the same price.

Our local shop repairs flats for free, regardless of where you bought the tires.
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I figure if the leak is small enough to fix with "Fix a flat" its small enough for a tire shop to patch over for about the same price.

Our local shop repairs flats for free, regardless of where you bought the tires.
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