RV Tire Safety: Is “sealant” a good fix for a flat tire?

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By Roger Marble
NHTSA (DOT) – Improper Repairs:
“A plug by itself is not an acceptable repair” to fix a flat tire.

“The proper repair of a punctured tire requires a plug for the hole and a patch for the area inside the tire that surrounds the puncture hole.”

“Punctures through the tread can be repaired if they are not too large. But punctures to the sidewall should not be repaired.”

“Tires must be removed from the rim to be properly inspected before being plugged and patched.”

NOTE: Michelin, Goodyear and Bridgestone say the same thing.

The use of sealant or Slime or “Fix-A-Flat” or something similar is in some cases worse than using a plug to fix a flat tire. Not only can’t the inside of the tire be inspected, but the use of such product may void any tire warranty and make it difficult or impossible to make a proper repair.

Here are some pictures from one of my seminars on RV tires. In the first picture you can see all the crack damage in the tire. These can lead to unexpected tire failure.

Improper tire repairtire sealant can dry outmajor tire underinflationimproper tire repairI hope that you can see how the use of an external plug only, or just a sealant, without an inspection of the inside of a tire, could give you a false sense of security when you need to fix a flat tire.

 

Read more from Roger Marble on his blog at RVtiresafety.net or on RVtravel.com.

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Crowman
19 days ago

And tire repair guy’s loves a tire to patch with Slime in it.

Bob
19 days ago
Reply to  Crowman

Most of the time they will not even attempt a patch on a tire with sealant in it. It’s time consuming to remove the sealant and there is no guarantee that the patch will stick.
Beacuse of the chemicals used in the sealant, it may also cause rust in a steel rim and corrosion in an aluminum rim, both destroying the bead surface.

Roger Marble
18 days ago
Reply to  Bob

Yes, and that is why some tire companies will refuse to honor parts of their tire warranty. BUT for me, the biggest concern is that you could end up driving on a tire with significant internal structural damage but not know it.