Not the spare wheel, but the tire repair kit
Many cars nowadays no longer contain spare wheels at all, but a repair kit for the car tire. Anyone who does not know is looking for the spare wheel. Or thinks the spare wheel has been stolen. Everything about the tire repair kit and how this repair kit works. And why the repair kit doesn’t do so well in winter.
No more spare wheel and jack in the back of the car
In many cars that are new there is no longer a spare wheel and a jack in the back, but a kind of package. A wheel that has become punctured must be repaired with this. A liquid has to seal the hole until the garage can really fix the problem.
Why no more spare wheel?
Car manufacturers say they save money for consumers by forgoing the spare tire. They save on:
People have lost their rear wheel and think it has been stolen
Many people do not immediately look at the spare tire when they have bought a new car. If something goes wrong with the tires, it should. And then they find out that there is no spare tire at all. Many then call the emergency center that the spare wheel has been stolen. In addition, the emergency services often have to help people who have a repair kit in the back. Handling the repair kit is not always easy or the wheel continues to run flat.
How does the car tire repair kit work?
With the car tire repair kit, a sealing liquid must be injected into the tires. That can be done in different ways. There are kits where the liquid contains separate vials of the sealing liquid, as well as repair kits with a built-in vial, where the air hose must be attached to the valve and the electrical cable that must power it in the cigarette lighter. At the push of a button, the pump first injects liquid and then the tire is tensioned again. A small hole is closed in this way. Going fast is best, because that’s when the fluid works best. The driver then has to check whether the tire has enough pressure. If that is not the case, this must be added again. Then the journey can be continued, but of course a new tire must be wrapped around the car after the ride.
However, a tire with a large hole cannot be sealed with this and then the sealing fluid comes out just as hard. The medium, a white kind of stuff, is not really good for clothing, road or tire and in that case gives a lot of mess. For many people, the repair kit for car tires is also too cumbersome and that is why emergency services often advise to put the old trusted spare tire with a jack in the back again.
Various repair kits for the car tires
Those who do not have space for an extra spare tire should read the instructions on such a kit carefully beforehand. When you are standing along the road with pans, it is not so pleasant to see if it works or not. In addition, all kits have different instructions for use. Whoever is in the dark or in a dangerous or difficult place will also have more difficulty with such instructions. Anyone who thinks he can drive a few more kilometers with a flat tire for a good spot is wrong: after a few kilometers with such a tire, he is completely destroyed. Then a new car tire must be wrapped around it immediately.
The liquid in a car tire repair kit irritates the skin
The fluid in a tire repair kit is dirty stuff. It can irritate the skin and is even toxic. So be careful with clothes and skin and preferably wear gloves. After the temporary repair has been done with the liquid, it is important to have the tire cleaned as soon as possible. The rim must also be cleaned or even replaced. Those who have used the repair kit for car tires have no use for it. The kit must be refilled for another tire. Must be purchased:
- A new fluid container
- A new snake
Moreover, the shelf life of the liquid is limited and must be replaced every few years.
Repair your car tire with the repair kit
In winter, the car tire repair kit doesn’t seem to work very well. The cold makes the material tough and chewing gum-like, so that it no longer seems to stick to the tire and therefore does not close the hole.