Rick's Free Auto Repair Advice

Fix a Flat — Does it work

How to use Fix a Flat

Does Fix a Flat work?

Yes, if your puncture is small and you follow the directions

How to use Fix a Flat

1. Locate the puncture.
2. Move your vehicle so the puncture is in the 6:00 position— you want the tire sealant to immediately drain down to the puncture area to seal it and allow additional air pressure to partially fill the tire. If the puncture is left in any other position, the pressure from the can will escape though the opening and will not fix your flat tire.
3. Warm the can contents. If it’s winter and the can contents don’t move while shaking, hold the can in front of a heating duct to warm the contents. The contents must move when shaking or the repair will not work.
4. Shake the can vigorously for at least 30-seconds.
5. Screw the connector onto the tire valve
6. Press the trigger on the can and keep it depressed until the sealant stop flowing through the tube
7. The tire will only inflate partially.
8. Drive the car immediately to spread the sealant throughout the tire.
9. At the first available stop, add more air to the tire to bring it to the recommended air pressure.
10. Get the tire repair at a tire shop.
NOTE: Do NOT drive on Fix a Flat for more than 3 days or 100 miles. This product is a temporary fix designed to get you to a tire repair shop. It is not a substitute for a tire patch.

Debunking the most common myths about Fix a Flat

Fix a Flat will damage your tire or wheel

MYTH: Fix a Flat injects a sealant into the tire. The sealant will not damage either your tire or the wheel. It will have to be clean out by the shop making the repair and the shop may charge more than their normal tire repair charge to clean up the tire and the wheel.

Fix a Flat sealant can’t be removed from you wheel

MYTH: The sealant is water based and can be removed from the inside of your tire and wheel using soap and water.

Fix a Flat will damage or clog your tire valve or tire pressure sensor

MYTH: Fix a Flat will not clog your tire valve or tire pressure sensor. The can of material first injects the sealant and the remaining propellant will blow out any residual sealant remaining in the tire valve stem

Fix a Flat is flammable and can injure tire shop technicians

MYTH: The current Fix A Flat sealant is NOT flammable

How much Fix a Flat do you need?

Pickup trucks need 1 Extra large can fix a flat can sizes
SUVs need 1 Extra large and 1 large can
Crossover SUV needs 1 large can
Wagon needs 1 large and 1 standard can
Mid sized sedan needs 1 standard can
Compact needs 1 standard and 1 compact can
Sub compact needs 1 compact can

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