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Flat Tire can't be plugged due to use of Leaf's sealant

Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:10 pm

My wife got a flat today, and Pep Boys would not plug the tire on the grounds that once a sealant is used, the plug leaks. Basically we're going to have to spend 160 to replace the tire. Has this happened to anyone else?
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Re: Flat Tire can't be plugged due to use of Leaf's sealant

Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:25 pm

If anything it may harm the tire pressure sensor only. Call other shops to see if they can fix. Walmart should fix it if not on the side. Next time, just air the tire w the provided plug in pump and get to a tire place if possible.

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Re: Flat Tire can't be plugged due to use of Leaf's sealant

Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:49 pm

6yearstilbreakeven wrote:My wife got a flat today, and Pep Boys would not plug the tire on the grounds that once a sealant is used, the plug leaks.

I haven't heard that one before, but I have heard of tire shops not liking the job of cleaning up the goop inside the tire.

But yeah, the TPMS sensor may need to be replaced.

This is exactly why I don't like it when cars include slime instead of a spare. If I were in that boat, I'd have personally tried to overinflate the tire w/a regular air pump and limp along until I could get it patched (done this numerous times). But, that won't work if there's a huge leak.

I really wish Nissan would include a spare or make it an optional accessory along w/the mounting hardware, like what's on Australian Leafs.

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Re: Flat Tire can't be plugged due to use of Leaf's sealant

Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:04 pm

6yearstilbreakeven wrote:My wife got a flat today, and Pep Boys would not plug the tire on the grounds that once a sealant is used, the plug leaks.


Yes, I guess it hasn't been mentioned lately on MNL, but "DON'T use the can of slime if you have a flat!". This is the first of heard of someone not repairing a gooped tire. In the past, the sealant has been shunned because it ruins the expensive tire pressure monitors. What was Nissan thinking??
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Re: Flat Tire can't be plugged due to use of Leaf's sealant

Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:41 pm

There are sealants that are supposedly TPMS safe, but I don't know if the stock LEAF one is. I would HOPE so...

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Re: Flat Tire can't be plugged due to use of Leaf's sealant

Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:09 pm

keydiver wrote:Yes, I guess it hasn't been mentioned lately on MNL, but "DON'T use the can of slime if you have a flat!". This is the first of heard of someone not repairing a gooped tire. In the past, the sealant has been shunned because it ruins the expensive tire pressure monitors. What was Nissan thinking??

Nissan was thinking of ways of selling more expensive tire pressure monitors...and expensive replacement cans of Nissan-branded tire goop. :D

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Re: Flat Tire can't be plugged due to use of Leaf's sealant

Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:37 pm

Go to another tire shop. Pay them extra to clean it. Will be less than a new tire. Go to Wal-Mart and get the gooey yarn plugs. Cost about $7.00 for the plugs and the tools. I've run these for 2-3 years with no problems.

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Re: Flat Tire can't be plugged due to use of Leaf's sealant

Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:45 pm

GeekEV wrote:There are sealants that are supposedly TPMS safe, but I don't know if the stock LEAF one is. I would HOPE so...
'Fraid not. It says right there in the owner's manual in bold type:
  • Do not inject any tire liquid or aerosol tire sealant into the tires, as this may cause a malfunction of the tire pressure sensors.
  • If you used the Emergency Tire Sealant to repair a minor tire puncture, your NISSAN certified LEAF dealer will also need to replace the TPMS sensor in addition to repairing or replacing the tire.

There have been a number of reports here of people paying $300-$400 to replace a tire because they used the goop. Go ahead and use the tire pump that came with the car. It's a good pump and you don't have to use the goop with it. As cwerdna suggests, it may let you limp home or to a tire shop. Shucks, I drove for a month with a nail in my tire, pumping it up every week or so until I had a good chance to get it fixed.

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Re: Flat Tire can't be plugged due to use of Leaf's sealant

Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:42 pm

No need to use the goop unless you are stuck 100 miles from nowhere. Of course with LEAF's range that is not even possible. If the compressor alone cannot get you rolling call Nissan for a tow or AAA.

Fairly common knowledge any goop is last ditch effort and should be avoided when possible. Even a patch may not work. It got you there but now it is new tire time.
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Re: Flat Tire can't be plugged due to use of Leaf's sealant

Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:17 pm

viewtopic.php?p=169722#p169722 has a link to two products that claim they won't damage TPMS sensors. One of the links is dead now but I think http://www.fixaflat.com/products/tire-r ... epair-kit/ is right.

I have no experience w/this stuff and would still avoid using it.

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