How To Safely Use A Can Of Tire Sealant To Deal With A Flat Tire

If you live in constant concern about having a flat tire because you don't know how to remove it and mount your spare tire, it's worthwhile to invest in a can of tire sealant. This product is sold from a variety of different manufacturers and comes in a large aerosol can with a hose and nozzle that will fit your tire valve. Using this substance puts a combination of a specialized sealant to seal the hole and air to fill the tire. It's not a permanent solution, but it will typically be enough to temporarily mend the tire until you're able to drive to a tire shop and have the tire professionally repaired or replaced. Here are the steps for using this product when you notice that a fire is going flat.

  1. Look for a safe area to pull over and stop as soon as you detect signs that your tire is going flat. These indicators can include a loud noise from one of the tires, excess vibration or even a degree of resistance as you attempt to steer the vehicle. If you're on the highway, pull to the right side as far from the lane as you can. If you're on a city street, look for a quiet side street or even a business to pull into.
  2. Exit your vehicle only when it's safe to do so and retrieve your can of tire sealant from the trunk. 
  3. Remove the valve cap from the tire and place it in a safe spot, such as your pocket, so you won't drop it.
  4. Remove the cover on the can of sealant and place the filling nozzle against the tire valve. Press the button on the top of the can and you'll hear the combination of the sealant and the air running into the tire. If you can see or hear signs that the sealant or aerosol is leaking, finely adjust the nozzle to ensure a firm fit on the tire valve.
  5. Remove the filling nozzle when the tire appears full or the can is empty. Crew the valve cap back onto the valve stem.
  6. Use your smartphone to find the nearest tire shop, like Riverside Tire Inc, and then call and make an appointment. Try to avoid highways when traveling to the shop. Your newly fixed tire should be safe to drive on, but high speeds are not ideal; check the instructions on the can to note the driving speed you should not exceed. If you can easily get to the tire shop through the use of side roads, take this route.