By Roger Marble
I just read a tale of woe from a motorhome owner who appears to have been sold a tire sealant that caused nothing but problems. Names have been changed to protect the “innocent.”
We purchased “anti-flat” tire sealant for the 6 tires on our motorhome, to provide some protection from tire leaks on trips. Our RV has had vibrations running at highway speeds, and based on forum feedback, it was recommended we try a “road force balance” on the tires.
We took our RV to “Billy-Bob-Jo’s Tire Emporium,” which has road force balance machines. They were unable to balance the tires – the machines got a different reading after each spin. They assumed their machines couldn’t handle the motorhome rims.
Then we took the motorhome to the nearby dealer for the company that made the RV chassis (since the front two tires were no longer properly balanced), and they called us about the “goo” they found inside the tires – because they were also unable to balance the tires.
Once they removed the tire sealant (about 45 minutes per tire), they were able to get all 6 tires balanced. It cost us around $1000 for the “anti-flat” treatment and another $500 to get the treatment removed and the tires balanced.
Then the RV owner asked: “Has anyone encountered balance issues when using tire sealant?” They then added: “If we don’t have any vibrations on the next road trip, we probably won’t put any sealant back inside the tires.”
What caused the tire sealant problems?
Clearly the material used either was inappropriate or improperly applied, if the tire sealant caused problems. Also, I do not understand why the owner felt it was necessary to even use such a product rather than use a TPMS and sign up for road service. They would have saved some money, not to mention avoid the aggravation of a bad ride and lost time from tire sealant problems.
Have you ever tried a “sealant” or “flat-proof” or other stuff to prevent a flat tire? Do you think it worked? Did the sealant cause problems such as balance issues? Please leave a comment below.
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