In a bid to save weight, reduce fuel consumption and save space, modern cars are increasingly being supplied without a spare wheel (a wheel, tyre & associated tools could weigh as much as 30kg's!) Around 70% of all new cars are sold without a spare wheel
and will either have repair kits from the car manufacturer or be fitted with run-flat tyres instead.
Nine times out of ten, individuals who own these cars are blissfully unaware that they have no spare, as it’s generally not something you look for unless you need it. Of greater concern is that the owners are often unaware of how to use the puncture repair equipment supplied in place of the spare wheel.
The repair kits supplied are usually in the form of a can of Tyreweld
or a similar brand - basically an emergency puncture repair in a can.
So What is Tyreweld?
It's a can of specially formulated expanding foam which is designed to seal the vast majority of punctures. It's without doubt the quickest and easiest solution to get you moving again as no jacks or tools are required. As well as fixing the puncture, Tyreweld actually re-inflates your tyre at the same time and you can be back on the road in 2 or 3 minutes. So it's actually a super handy thing to keep in the car regardless of whether you have a spare or not.
How Do You Use it?
It's really easy - Follow these 6 steps:
- If possible find and remove the cause of the puncture
- If possible move the vehicle so that the puncture is at the bottom of the tyre
- Screw the Tyreweld connector onto the tyre valve
- Remove the security tag and twist the red button on the Tyreweld to the ON position
- Allow the can to completely empty then turn the red button to the OFF position and unscrew from the tyre valve
- Drive immediately for a minimum of 6 miles / 10km's at a maximum speed of 50mph / 80kmh to seal the puncture
Tyreweld is designed as a temporary solution to get you home or to a garage where you can get the puncture professionally repaired. The repair will continue to work indefinitely but it is certainly advisable to get the tyre repaired as soon as you can, and always stick to the maximum advised speed limit of 50mph / 80kmh.
Frequently asked Questions:
- 400ml can of Tyreweld is suitable for tyres up to 16" diamater - Larger size cans are available for bigger tyres
- Will not repair damage to the tyre sidewall
- Suitable for cars, vans, trailers or caravans
- If the ambient temperature drops below 0 degrees C warm the can in your hands or in front of the heater vents before use
Some of the foam came out of the hole/puncture in the tyre, is that ok?
Yes it is pretty normal for a bit of foam to escape, as long as the hole/puncture is less than 5mm in diameter it will still seal
Can my tyre be repaired after I've used Tyreweld?
In most cases, Yes. As long as the puncture is within the tread section ie not the tyre sidewall it can usually be repaired. We have encountered situations where tyre fitters refuse to repair a tyre after an emergency tyre repair product has been used. The reason often stated is that the formulation that some brands use actually degrades the rubber - not so with Tyreweld. Inferior brands can also be a difficult and messy to remove from the inside of the tyre when carrying out a repair, again, not so with Tyreweld.
Do I need to check my tyre pressure after using Tyreweld?
Yes, after you've driven at least 6 miles / 10kms it's advisable to check and set they tyre pressure to the level recomonded in your owners manual
My car has a tyre pressure monitoring system, can I use tyreweld?
Yes absolutely, Tyreweld is safe to use with tyre pressure monitoring systems