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post #1 of 17 Old 03-26-2013, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tire Pump/Fix A Flat

Has anyone experienced fix a flat bottle release all contents while inside bag? I happen to inspect the trunk contents over the weekend and noticed some dark stains around compressor bag and when I tried taking compressor out it was stuck to the bag. Had to extract it slowly and what a messy scene!
Looks like incident happened a long time ago and orig owner wasn't even aware of it.

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I personally do not like the fix-a-flat. You never know what type of hole or air leak it is. I bought a extra set of wheels and tires, just to get a spare. It does fill up the whole trunk. So now I am selling the extra set and buying a spare.
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I don`t know about the Maserati low pressure indicators but my Lexus dealer and the tire store told me that the Fix-a-flat would gum up the sensors and requires replacement (inside the tire) after use or the sensor in that tire doesn`t work.

My `07`s indicators don`t work due to low battery from what I`ve gathered. Until I`m ready to tackle that problem I`ve found a good temp solution in a screw-on air valve cap that Fix-a-flat makes at the local auto parts store for $8. for a set of four. They have a clear plastic top and a lime green piston that stays visible until low pressure allows it to sink out of view. They simply screw onto the valve stem. A quick walk around the car satisfies any question about tire pressure with a glance. I`m going to buy a bunch and give them away to people I care about.

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According to local dealer here, stay away from the green slime fix a flat since this will ruin your TPMS sensor. However the non green colored version is okay and the tire shop can peel coating easily.
As far as a mini spare tire is concerned, any after market will have to be deflated in order to fit in trunk spare opening. I've read a few posts here of not being able to inflate this things because the tire lip is not properly seated on rim anymore so your mini air pump will just run and run doing nothing and draining your battery.
The OEM spare I believe is designed to be deflated during storage but costs $3k list from dealer!

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The only thing in my trunk is my AAA tow card!

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I have a AAA card too! I've upgraded to gold membership to qualify for free towing up to 100 miles.

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There are TPMS " friendly" Fix-a-flat s . I had to use these a couple of times. The tire repair shops don't like to clean the mess these make, But these can be a " lifesaver " .

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Pls. share TPMS friendly Fix a Flat brands. Thx

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I have a fix - a -flat , part # S420-6, Tire sensor safe for standard tire in my Maserati and I have a fix a flat S 430 for large tire in my SUV , I also have Gunk " puncture seal " tire sensor safe part no. M 1128 IN MY SUV.

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Thanks much for the info!

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you are welcome .Good luck.

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I've had positive experiences of fix-a-flat. Had a tear in the sidewall from a pothole impact (pinching). The fix-a-flat patched the hole well enough to slowly drive the car about 5 miles to the tyre replacement shop.

My car is in for service and have asked the dealer to replace the canister.

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Do they sell just the canister? I may get a replacement if available.

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The gooey stuff is not worth the mess, and it will not work on most flats except small nail holes that can be fixed with a plug, so for $50 just get the Budget Quattroporte Spare(as previously posted), remove the valve and jam it in the trunk, replace the valve then turn the spare over to store your tool kit and pump. You will need the pump to reinflate the budget(doughnut) spare. Even if you have free towing, it's much easier to drive home on your own.
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Thanks Neptuno. Time to look for a Ford donut and some spacers per an existing thread.

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