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Old 29 Jan 2004, 08:44 am
Al Smith
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Default OT Spare Tire in a Spray Can Any Good?

It was 7 lousy degrees out this morning. My beloved
98 Civic HX is sitting in the barn waiting for the salt
to wash away. Meanwhile, I am driving a 90 Dodge
Omni with 178k on it. The Omni is my sacrificial anode.

Anyway, one of the tires has a slow leak. I have to pump
it up every morning. Every year I had put grease
on the lugs otherwise the nuts rust on solid. I didn't grease
it this year. Did I mention that it's cold?

Is there a spray can fix that would get me about 3 months use?


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Old 29 Jan 2004, 09:25 am
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In article <101i725op8of273@corp.supernews.com>, Al Smith
<ecarecar@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Anyway, one of the tires has a slow leak. I have to pump
> it up every morning. Every year I had put grease
> on the lugs otherwise the nuts rust on solid. I didn't grease
> it this year. Did I mention that it's cold?
>
> Is there a spray can fix that would get me about 3 months use?



The answer is "maybe" I've kept one of those things in the trunk for
years; used them three times. Actually sealed the leak twice.

DON'T use it on a tire you care about, it makes an awful mess inside
that you'll have to clean up - in my case, it threw the balance of the
tire off as well.

Sadly, they work best if it's warm. Take seriously the recommendation
to drive the car a good while immediately after use.

if it were me, and I had other transportation, I take the wheel off and
take it to a service station to be reseated. TELL them it's because of
a slow leak.
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Old 29 Jan 2004, 09:27 am
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Al Smith wrote:
>
> It was 7 lousy degrees out this morning. My beloved
> 98 Civic HX is sitting in the barn waiting for the salt
> to wash away. Meanwhile, I am driving a 90 Dodge
> Omni with 178k on it. The Omni is my sacrificial anode.
>
> Anyway, one of the tires has a slow leak. I have to pump
> it up every morning. Every year I had put grease
> on the lugs otherwise the nuts rust on solid. I didn't grease
> it this year. Did I mention that it's cold?
>
> Is there a spray can fix that would get me about 3 months use?

for what i would pay for a spray can of stuff you can just drive it to a
tire place and get the flat fixed for the $6-$7 they would charge you
for either the flat or the spray can.....
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Old 29 Jan 2004, 09:52 am
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Friggin Firestone store charged me $25.00 last year to patch one of
their tires that had a finnish nail dead center in the tread area. I
thought it should be more like seven or eight bucks. bob

jim wrote:
>
> just drive it to a
> tire place and get the flat fixed for the $6-$7 they would charge you
> for either the flat or the spray can.....

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Old 29 Jan 2004, 10:39 am
Al Smith
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"Scott Schuckert" <scotts13@comcast.net> wrote in message
news:290120041025391548%scotts13@comcast.net...
> In article <101i725op8of273@corp.supernews.com>, Al Smith
> <ecarecar@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> > Anyway, one of the tires has a slow leak. I have to pump
> > it up every morning. Every year I had put grease
> > on the lugs otherwise the nuts rust on solid. I didn't grease
> > it this year. Did I mention that it's cold?
> >
> > Is there a spray can fix that would get me about 3 months use?

>
>
> The answer is "maybe" I've kept one of those things in the trunk for
> years; used them three times. Actually sealed the leak twice.
>
> DON'T use it on a tire you care about, it makes an awful mess inside
> that you'll have to clean up - in my case, it threw the balance of the
> tire off as well.
>
> Sadly, they work best if it's warm. Take seriously the recommendation
> to drive the car a good while immediately after use.
>
> if it were me, and I had other transportation, I take the wheel off and
> take it to a service station to be reseated. TELL them it's because of
> a slow leak.


Taking it somewhere I have considered,
but as a last option because it could do
more harm than good.

A number of years ago
I sheared off one of the studs
trying to get the nut loose. That is
when I started greasing the lugs
every year. This thing is not made
of quality material and for the last
8 years the only time it has been
driven is when there is salt on the road.

I tried one of those spray things a long
time ago. Apparently I didn't drive it long
enough because the tire was good
only for a circus car. I think if I try it again,
I am only going to use a tiny portion of
the can. I'm hoping there is something
better today. It seems to me that if we
can figure out a way to send a U. S.
Senator to the moon,
we ought to be able to figure out how to
seal a leak in a tire.


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Old 29 Jan 2004, 10:46 am
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That's another reason I am hesitating. I got same "deal" last
time. There is a local (North Central Ohio) joint that charges about
$8, but they were telling stories about some new tires I wanted
a couple of years ago.
I have boycotted them since. Maybe I should give in, but I am
still concerned about getting lug nuts sheared off. I didn't check
if this tire is one the wheel with only three left.

"N.E.Ohio Bob" <rgstroud@neo.rr.com> wrote in message
news:40192F9C.EB88EC47@neo.rr.com...
> Friggin Firestone store charged me $25.00 last year to patch one of
> their tires that had a finnish nail dead center in the tread area. I
> thought it should be more like seven or eight bucks. bob
>
> jim wrote:
> >
> > just drive it to a
> > tire place and get the flat fixed for the $6-$7 they would charge you
> > for either the flat or the spray can.....



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Old 29 Jan 2004, 10:48 am
Al Smith
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>
> Sadly, they work best if it's warm. Take seriously the recommendation
> to drive the car a good while immediately after use.
>


Thinking back to my experience, if you shoot the whole can
in there, I think "a good while" would be about 10,000 miles.


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Old 29 Jan 2004, 12:10 pm
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By the way, that was the carry-in price. I have a jack and do my own
tire rotations. I can tighten the lugs to my own satisfaction. bob

"N.E.Ohio Bob" wrote:
>
> Friggin Firestone store charged me $25.00 last year to patch one of
> their tires that had a finnish nail dead center in the tread area. I
> thought it should be more like seven or eight bucks. bob
>

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Old 29 Jan 2004, 02:37 pm
TL
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I'd concur with others. Take it somewhere and have the tire fixed.
Otherwise you'll be fooling with this forever. I've never liked the
idea of that goo inside my tire; I'd consider the can only for
absolute emergencies. Even if it is $25 (should be less), so what?
Let's get real. Not much more than a tank of gas ... PLUS I notice
that you say it is COLD outside : - )



On Thu, 29 Jan 2004 09:44:23 -0500, "Al Smith" <ecarecar@yahoo.com>
wrote:

>It was 7 lousy degrees out this morning. My beloved
>98 Civic HX is sitting in the barn waiting for the salt
>to wash away. Meanwhile, I am driving a 90 Dodge
>Omni with 178k on it. The Omni is my sacrificial anode.
>
>Anyway, one of the tires has a slow leak. I have to pump
>it up every morning. Every year I had put grease
>on the lugs otherwise the nuts rust on solid. I didn't grease
>it this year. Did I mention that it's cold?
>
>Is there a spray can fix that would get me about 3 months use?
>


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Old 29 Jan 2004, 03:07 pm
Al Smith
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Default Re: OT Spare Tire in a Spray Can Any Good?

I'm going to try some Slime!

Why? "Because Flats Suck."
How can you argue with that?

www.slime.com



"Al Smith" <ecarecar@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:101i725op8of273@corp.supernews.com...
> It was 7 lousy degrees out this morning. My beloved
> 98 Civic HX is sitting in the barn waiting for the salt
> to wash away. Meanwhile, I am driving a 90 Dodge
> Omni with 178k on it. The Omni is my sacrificial anode.
>
> Anyway, one of the tires has a slow leak. I have to pump
> it up every morning. Every year I had put grease
> on the lugs otherwise the nuts rust on solid. I didn't grease
> it this year. Did I mention that it's cold?
>
> Is there a spray can fix that would get me about 3 months use?
>
>



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