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Old 01-27-2011, 06:16 PM
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Fixing a flat tire is simple when you have a plug kit but what if you're stuck on the highway miles from a gas station and can't air-up your tire. Sure, you could buy a couple of cans of fix-a-flat. I wanted to ask what kind of portable air compressor you would recommend? I wonder if it would be better to get a small portable tank compared to the one's that are powered from your cigarette lighter. What do you think?
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Fix a flat is fine for most situations where nails, screws or small hole occur. 25 psi is more than attainable and will get you to your destination. An air tank or compressor is fine but the hole has to be plugged somehow or your wasting your time. I would get a old time hole plugging kit of corded rubber and tar.
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get a tipe plug kit and a 12 volt compressor that clips to your battery, much better than one that plugs into your cigerette lighter,
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-volt...sor-66399.html
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I keep a small compressor in the trunk w/ a plug kit. Its by a company called "slime" the couple times i used it it worked fine.
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I keep a jump starter/air compressor in my truck. Never had to use it for a flat, but I've topped off the tires when they were getting a little low in pressure.
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I have found at Wallys a "Permanent fix a flat in a can" that has worked well for me. Also I have use the plug kits and put 65000 miles on the plug with no issues, so I like both.
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I always carry a few can of fix a flat to fill up a flat, sometimes you just can't get a perfect seal with a plug on the side of the road. (I once had a set of tires that had 32 plugs between all 4)
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I would be wary of relying on the tank of air....Have yet to find one that would hold pressure for more than a few weeks. I would rather have the capability to make air pressure as needed then rely on a stored source.

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DO NOT USE fix a flat for long periods of time it is ment to get you to a tire shop not drive for 3 weeks on it. and when you get to the tire shop make sure you tell them it has fix a flat in the tire because it could kill them. fix a flat is highly explosive and will eventually eat your tire and rust out your wheel. Sorry guys grand father was in the tire business for 25 years and lost a best friend due to fix a flat exploding when the bead was broke
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Motorcycle shops sell a tire filler that screws into a spark plug hole and uses the cylinder compression to fill your tire. Try aerostich.com
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the portable compressors can melt if you have huge tires....i keep feeling the fins on the cylinder to make sure they dont get too hot when i have to air a totally flat huge tire and the compressor has to run a long time.....if it gets too hot i stop and let the unit cool off and then finish. re-inflating doing all 4 tires on the trail can really overheat the compressor.

harbor freight's little portable units usually are solid. i've had some of the really cheap chinese units throw a rod......


also try not to break the bead as these little units cant force enough air in to seat the bead.....you can do the lighter fluid bit but i just use a stick and a rope around the center of the tire(twist) to force the bead out but you have to jack the jeep/tire off the ground.
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Vegasrandall got it right. Farm stores used to sell these also for farm use. Works great.
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DO NOT USE fix a flat for long periods of time it is ment to get you to a tire shop not drive for 3 weeks on it. and when you get to the tire shop make sure you tell them it has fix a flat in the tire because it could kill them. fix a flat is highly explosive and will eventually eat your tire and rust out your wheel. Sorry guys grand father was in the tire business for 25 years and lost a best friend due to fix a flat exploding when the bead was broke
I would think that it would have to be pressurized for such a thing to happen. Breaking a bead on a pressurized tire is kinda asking for trouble, no matter what's in side. Regardless, I don't think it's flammable anymore.
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Here's my $.02. I bought the portable jumper pack / compressor for my truck. It works great. Also has the plugs to charge cell pones and can be used for small appliances too. I have used it all the time with no problems. Have done probably 8-12 jump starts in a row with out problems. Now if you look at all the reviews for the product many of them are 5 start and there are a bunch that are 1 star ratings. My initial thought is that many of the people don't know how to use it properly or are just totally ignorant when it comes to autos. I could be wrong but I have had great luck with it. Have not use the compressor for anything other than toys.

As for filling up tires? I do a fair amount of offroading. I usually have to air-down my tires and then need to air them back up at the end of the trail run. I use a compressed air cylinder and regulator. The tank is a 5 lb aluminum type that is used for medical purposes as well as soda dispensing machines. I actually have them fill it up with Co2 or O2. Co2 is inert and a bit safer around flames, etc. Most offroader will use the 10-20 lbs tanks and get more tires filled or they have monster tires and need the capacity. My 5 lb tank will fill 5 of my 35" tires in about 20-35 second each going from about 12psi to 35psi. Very fast and easy. Not to mention I am able to use air tools to fix the truck when trailside repairs are needed. I am going to step up to a 15 pound tank in the near future. If you know anyone that owns a convenience store where the have a soda fountain or anyone who owns a bar or nightclub they can usually get them to you for REAL cheap or maybe even free as far as the tank goes. The regulator I got at an offroad shop and cost about $100 IIRC. A bit pricy for the setup but well worth it.


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I use a 3000psi 20CF to 30CF pony tank with BC hose that adapts to a tire valve fitting.
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Here is the regulator I was talking about. Much cheaper than I remember. It is the down the page under the Hyperflo Co2 fixed 150psi unit. Didn't need the fancy adjustable one for 2X price. I also ordered the air hse below in 30' lenght.
http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/co2systems.htm
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Heck, I've used a bike tire pump to fill up tires.
They sell foot powered ones too.
I use a small compressor that plugs into lighter port to fill RV tires.
Takes forever though.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I've got 32 X 11.50 on my jeep and this info has been very helpful!
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