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Had my first flat tire in 20 years the other day. Picked up a nail somewhere. As soon as I saw the warning that my right rear tire was low (6 PSI) I immediately thought, oh no, I don't have a spare. And, I should have read up on how to use that sealant thingy! But after fumbling with it a bit and having to consult the owners manual, it was actually pretty easy to use. And it worked. My tire inflated and sealed itself and held the pressure until I could take it in for repair the following day.

Was just curious if anyone else has used it yet?
 

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Just curious - which Theta car does not have a spare ? Haven't looked closely, but I thought my '10 Nox has a spare.
 

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believe it or not.........the SRX!!! Only Rental cars got them in USA! Canada demanded they all got 'em. Kudos to the North!

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Yea, waiting until the next day was simply a matter of 12 hours. It was 8:00 PM when this happened and I was only a mile from home. But the interesting thing was that, per the instructions for the sealant compressor, I needed to drive the car for 5 miles so that the sealant evenly distributes inside the tire. So I drove around my neighborhood 5 or 6 times before heading home. I went to the garage a couple of times after arriving home just to check if the tire was holding and it was. And looked just fine the follwoing morning too. It does warn you not to drive over 55 MPH until you get the tire fixed. Fortunately for me the tire was easily patched. So, just a small repair cost and then about $30 to replace the sealant canister in the compressor. That way in 20 years when I get my next flat, I will be ready!
 

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Not to sound cheap, but $30?? I carry 2 cans of Fix-A-Flat ("sensor safe" type) in case first one doesn't get me to town. But I paid about $7 at local auto store. Of course it takes up more room.....

Glad it worked.

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Agreed. That was a bit steep. It's replacing the cannister that fits into the air compressor. Not sure if you can buy that on your own at at automotive shop somewhere? I didn't even think to check. Probably should have shopped around.
 

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No you did OK Don, because you replaced the OE canister which is a specialty item. I just hate being held captive by OE parts prices. But at least yours fits the pack and did the job when called upon. At least we have choices....

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Just curious. What would RoadSide Assistance do for you if all you have is the factory repair kit (sealant)?

Would they repair the tire the correct way or just use the sealant?
 

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The US models don't have a spare tire, they only come with a seal can? No wonder we pay extra $$$ for the car in Canada, it comes with a spare, so there is my extra $4000 right there, lol
Btw, what is in place of where the spare tire would be ?
 

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11RavenBlack said:
Just curious. What would RoadSide Assistance do for you if all you have is the factory repair kit (sealant)?

Would they repair the tire the correct way or just use the sealant?
Roadside would use the sealant or tow the vehicle if necessary.
 

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2011, US, spare tire also.
 

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At the top of this thread they are talking about the Cadillac SRX which doesn't have a spare. The Equinox and Terrain have the small compact spare tire in US.
 

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IceMan said:
At the top of this thread they are talking about the Cadillac SRX which doesn't have a spare. The Equinox and Terrain have the small compact spare tire in US.
Thanks, my mistake. :thumb:
 

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Rather have a spare than the sealant. Sometimes you can get more damage to the tire or even a rim. Guess this is the future to cheapen and make vehilces lighter. Funny how they do that on the caddy :D
 

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Gee I can say I have a car like a Caddy! -- In 2006 Saturn Sky's (and sista Solstice) had no spares -- only the battery compressor and sealant.... Of course No trunk either!
 

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A 45K+ vehicle and no spare rubber...very odd it is not like there is not room for one....shesh well here is a can, do not forget to shake well before use. :confused:
 

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There are quite a few newer cars that do not have a spare tire...even upscale..$60,000...$80,000...100,000. Corvettes...ZR1..to name one. Some use compressors & Sealant..others just run flats.

I had my Solstice GXP for five years...but luckily never had a flat. In fact..I probably haven't had a flat in 25 yrs or so.
 

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A 45K+ vehicle and no spare rubber...very odd it is not like there is not room for one....shesh well here is a can, do not forget to shake well before use. :confused:
Odds are it was removed for weight. THey SRX uses a larger tire. The SRX also weighs more than the Chevy and GMC. While it may not see like much weight it is often the first place many MFG go to remove any weight.
 
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