Fix-a-Flat is an emergency tire repair kit that is designed to get you back on the road without having to replace your tire with the spare. It’s supposed to be a one-step tire inflater and temporary repair system so you can get to the tire shop. But how well does it work?
It only takes one instance of changing your tire in lousy weather conditions to make it so you never want to do that again. That is the painful memory that drives many to find a way to fix a flat quickly and get back to driving as soon as possible. The leading brand of emergency tire repair is Fix-a-Flat, but just because something sells well doesn’t always mean it’s reliable, so we analyzed what people are saying to see if it’s something you can depend on when you’re having a bad day.
They claim that with the Fix-a-Flat product you don’t have to worry about using a jack, lugging the spare tire, or removing the damaged tire. It inflates the tire and seals up the damage long enough so you can make it to a car repair facility. Even though they never say that this is anything close to a permanent fix many users still complain that it doesn’t fix the tire for long. They’re pretty straight up about it being a temporary fix, and the main focus should be on the feature that it gets you out of changing the tire.
Nobody likes the thought of being stranded on the road with a flat tire, trying to fix things while traffic whizzes by you. It’s actually pretty dangerous, since most people don’t carry flares in their car, and others might not notice that you’ve pulled over and could pass by very closely. If you’re physically unable to change a tire you’d pretty much have to call a towing company even for the most minor leak to your tire. This is a way to potentially help those that can’t change a tire, and those that don’t want to.
There are several different types of Fix-a-Flat available. They have their advanced formula which is phasing out the original formula. You can still buy the original and it goes for around $13 shipping to your door. Most would agree that this is a nominal fee and something that you could put into your car as part of an emergency repair kit.
This should reduce the work you need to do in the event that you blow out your tire.
The reviews are in on Fix-a-Flat, and they suggest that it’s definitely something to have in your car, and it can get you out of a jam in many instances. It’s important that you follow the directions exactly, which might be hard to do if you’re frazzled or caught in a downpour or a bitterly cold night. It’s also good to realize that this is by no means a permanent fix. It’s only designed to get you off the road and into a service station. You don’t want to drive around on the tire for too long after fixing it.
Some have complained that the product ruins the tire in the process, and others have suggested that it can start to ruin parts of the wheel as well. But it’s not meant to stay on your car for long. Most people are happy to have avoided having to change their tire on the road, and don’t mind replacing the tire when they get it serviced. However, if you are worried about this you might want to try a competing product called Slime that doesn’t damage the tire and allows the repair shop to simply patch up the tire and send you on your way if it’s just a minor leak.
Final Fix-a-Flat Review
The Fix-a-Flat kit is getting our Thumbs Up rating, and we recommend getting one and putting it in the trunk of your car. You’ll still want to keep the spare tire in there too, even just a donut because there is some damage to the tire that this won’t work for and you might still need to change a tire in some instances. But your first step would be to see whether or not you can fix it quickly with Fix-a-Flat.
When it comes to emergency situations you can’t be too covered. Having AAA or some other roadside assistance in place is recommended. In case you can’t get the leak fixed you’ll want a service to be able to come out and help you, either by fixing the tire or towing your car to the nearest service center. But to save time it’s good to have an array of tools available so you can try to fix it yourself before calling in backup.