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      04-25-2016, 07:40 AM   #1
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Tyre repair kit + plug kit

Hi,

I have replaced my RFT with non-RFT tyres. So now I need something in case of a flat (I have no spare tyre in the trunk).
I would purchase a spare tyre if there was room for it, but sadly there are none.

So I'm looking at purchasing a tyre repair kit, with a compressor and sealant. I know BMW does sell their own variant, but it's a bit expensive for what it is.
So I found this:
http://www.amazon.com/Slime-40013-Sm...slime+tyre+kit

Very good reviews and also looks like it is possible to wash the Slime away from the wheel when replacing the tyre.

This is not the most important part, as I want a tyre plug kit too (which I will use first, before trying slime).

What tyre plug kit is the best you can get for a good price?

Thank you very much!
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      04-25-2016, 07:43 AM   #2
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Got mine at Walmart in the US. 8$ You'll need a way to inflate it after too. Electric air pump that plugs into the lighter should do.
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      04-25-2016, 07:59 AM   #3
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I like a small bicycle pump to inflate my tire's.
It can be difficult to pull a nail and press in a plug with ( particularly a rear ) tire mounted on the car but it is doable.
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      04-25-2016, 09:52 AM   #4
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check out the continental conti comfortkit
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I've successfully used Dynaplug in the past. In my opinion it's worth it to get the process version with the wide end, as it helps in getting more power behind it when you're shoving the plug in.
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      04-25-2016, 09:47 PM   #6
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If you want to set a tyre plug you also probably need a small jack in the car (and wheelwrench). Finding the leak with the wheel on the car...might be a challenge.
Those small cheap 12v tyre compressors take an age to fill the tyre.

As for tyre plug kits, I've used the cheapest china plug kits with success.
Like these
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Safety-Car-B...-/281993211117

A small jack, wrench, plug kit and compressor probably take up the same amount of space as a slime kit
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      04-25-2016, 09:53 PM   #7
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Have you looked at a low cost roadside service plan? I pay $7 per 6 months, or $1.17/month, on each of our cars through our insurance carrier (USAA).

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check out the continental conti comfortkit
From their webste:
Note: This product cannot be used on vehicles equipped with direct tire pressure monitoring sensors in the wheels. Use of this product on these vehicles could result in damage to the sensor inside the wheel. Please contact your sales specialist at Tire Rack for more information.
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All you need is one of those electric compressors and a plug kit, plus jack and tools to remove a wheel to facilitate plugging. Wheel removal / jacking isn't strictly necessary but good luck plugging a tire on the car. It can be done but it would be very difficult.

The electric compressors take forever to fill a tire, especially one that plugs into a lighter socket, so I recommend a heavier duty comppressor from amazon that will clip onto your battery. Fill with the car running if you have any concerns about the battery capacity.
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From their webste:
Note: This product cannot be used on vehicles equipped with direct tire pressure monitoring sensors in the wheels. Use of this product on these vehicles could result in damage to the sensor inside the wheel. Please contact your sales specialist at Tire Rack for more information.
Aston's advice came from Canada, we get TPMS is implemented quite differently on Canadian cars, might be same in Sweden where OP is from.
I have this kit in my trunk, can't say how effective it is since I haven't used it, but read a bit before I purchased, seems OK.
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I like a small bicycle pump to inflate my tire's.
It can be difficult to pull a nail and press in a plug with ( particularly a rear ) tire mounted on the car but it is doable.
bike pump, you're not kidding are you?
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bike pump, you're not kidding are you?
No.

It's quick.
It's light.
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I've used a full size bike pump on tires and it's ANYTHING BUT quick. I can't imagine using a mini pump. It would take an eternity.
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I've found that actually running the engine with the cig.lighter compressor, actually gives you more power, I always only do it that way

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The electric compressors take forever to fill a tire, especially one that plugs into a lighter socket, so I recommend a heavier duty comppressor from amazon that will clip onto your battery. Fill with the car running if you have any concerns about the battery capacity.
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Conti Comfort Kit...

The TireRack.com has some nice kits...

Conti Comfort Kit...
http://tires.tirerack.com/tires/Conti%20Comfort%20Kit
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I've used a full size bike pump on tires and it's ANYTHING BUT quick. I can't imagine using a mini pump. It would take an eternity.
Not a mini but doesn't take up much room.
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Not a mini but doesn't take up much room.
Have you EVER tried to use that to fill the tire from flat before. You will litteraly grow old and die before you get to half pressure. That pump does not have near the capacity to fill a car tire. Simple consider the volume of a car tire as compared to a bike tire.

Piece of advice to all, always try out your emergency plan/provisions under controlled conditions first to verify they work correctly.
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^it;ll be a lot quicker than those little 12v compressors I think.

I estimate you need about 300 strokes from that bicycle hand pump to get a tyre from empty to full pressure. You can do that in about 5-10 minutes.
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Piece of advice to all, always try out your emergency plan/provisions under controlled conditions first to verify they work correctly.
Unless of course it's tire inflation kit that's only meant to be used once .

I don't understand the need for pump or repair kit thought. While I think that yes, it'll take a long with the hand pump to get it to pressure it's possible to do so. Pain, yes, but it can be done. What I don't get is, who will pull on the side of the road with flat tire, and try to use "repair" kit on the spot, then inflate it with the pump? Locating the puncture, repairing it safely, doesn't seem like realistic scenario to me - pump is least of your problems at that point.

I think that if you ditch run flats (I did), kits like, or similar to what we recommended (Continental) are the only option - and you can only hope it works.
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^it;ll be a lot quicker than those little 12v compressors I think.

I estimate you need about 300 strokes from that bicycle hand pump to get a tyre from empty to full pressure. You can do that in about 5-10 minutes.
As I said, have your ever tried it? A bike pump was never meant to fill such a large volume to pressure.

Seriously, if the plan is to use this in an emergency you should try it out beforehand so you don't discover that it doesn't work when you are on the side of the freeway in the pouring rain.
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Unless we're talking about filling a Ford Raptor tire, a bike pump is fine. Volume of a low profile car tire isn't all that much greater than a fat bike tire and the stiff sidewalks help too. Are the naysayers speaking from experience or just something vaguely remembered from a high school physics class? I've filled numerous car tires from flat with a Silca. 10-15 strokes per PSI is about right. Not fast, but unless you're on a donut and non filter cigarette diet, it won't hurt you.
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As I said, have your ever tried it? A bike pump was never meant to fill such a large volume to pressure.
Yes I have.
The area where I live (netherlands) is probably the most densily bicycle owned country in the world (so a bicycle tyre pump is here one of the most common household things )
Obviously if you have shop air you use that, but in an emergency its doable and faster than one of those cheap mini 12v compressors as I wrote (but that doesnt cost any physical energy of course so that has its plus too ).
Having a good quality bicycle pump helps. dual cylinder footpumps ftw.
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