On Sat, 30 Dec 2017 21:13:41 +0000 (GMT+00:00), TheChief
Post by TheChief Post by T i m
All our cars, motorbikes, cycles and trailers are treated with
Punctureseal because a puncture in any of them at any time would
probably spoil our day. It would definitely spoil the Wife's day
because even though she built the kitcar with me, her various health
and mobility issues (even the arthritis in her hands / fingers) would
mean even changing a wheel a pretty difficult / dangerous experience
(even if she was able to find the telescopic brace and get the jack
out and in the right place).
Personally, I rather she didn't have to try ...
You are welcome. ;-)
Post by TheChief
I didn't miss your post on PunctureSeal, but still feel more
comfortable with the old fashioned spare option.
Fair enough, however, IMHO it's not a one or the other solution. ;-(
Someone, when talking about GPS's said he'd just paid a large sum for
a new motorbike and couldn't afford to spend any more on a GPS 'for
My point was that 'the motorbike' wouldn't GAF about a GPS, the GPS
was *for him*. ;-)
When the LT lead broke off the capacitor on my moped, I used a
screwdriver though the hole in the flywheel to scratch a slot in the
solder and then the screwdriver and a brick to peen the solder back
over the wire and rode home.
When the Morris Minor van lost the top trunion joint whilst going
round a corner on a busy high street, I used my towrope to form a
Spanish Windlass and bind it back together and drove home.
When the clutch cable snapped on my Sierra whilst out with the family
one day, I got the spare out from the boot and with my Leatherman
pocket tool, replaced it at the side of the road and continued with my
When the Bedford CF campervan got a piece of swarf in the carb float
jet, again I used the Leatherman to strip the top off the carb and fix
My point is whilst I and many here can and have done those sorts of
things by the roadside and under less than ideal conditions, many
can't and when they can't they can really be in trouble, even if it's
simply parked up on the hard shoulder of a motorway or down some dark
country lane with something as simple as a puncture (assuming it
wasn't driven on for miles at speed and then became a blowout etc).
So, all of our cars and vans have a spare wheel but because not
everyone who drives them would be able to change a wheel safely, at
night, in the dark and in the rain, I think it's a 'good idea',
especially if you amortized the cost over the number of miles a set of
tyres typically last, that they might just be saved from such a risk
in the first place by the addition of a few quids worth of sealant. In
fact, I can't see why everyone in such circumstances or even if they
aren't, doesn't do it?
Now, one reason might be because not everone knows about such stuff
... or they confuse the negative thoughts surrounding the 'get you
home' cans (like 'they don't work' or 'you can't repair a tyre
afterwards') with the lack of those negatives with the likes of
It's not a 'should I carry a torch', it's a 'should I put my safety
belt on or not' choice (IMHO anyway). ;-)
As I said, all our cars and vans have spare tyres (and I try to ensure
they also carry a foot pump and telescopic wheel brace and torch etc)
I am more comforted to know that 'my girls' may never have need to use
them, just for the quick and simple application of a bit of sealant
(daughter did her Corsa and Van herself in the road (in the warm, dry
and daylight <g>) in about 20 mins each).
Just to be clear here, I've never suggested that Punctureseal (as
that's the only one I have long term experience of) can (should) or
will work in every instance, just that I've not had a puncture (that I
know of and with fingers crossed etc) in any tyre I've treated with it
and not lost any air in any of the 5 or so punctures I've used it to
'Of course' many tyre places aren't going to offer you such ...
because they want to sell you tyres and charge for puncture repairs
but I understand there are many organisations who install it as std,
simply because the want to protect their own interests etc.
Cheers, T i m
 Years ago the Mrs picked me up from the station and as soon as we
pulled away I heard the anti-static strap rubbing on the ground and
that told me something wasn't right. I got her to stop and a quick
look round the car revealed a partially deflated rear tyre. I believe
if I was driving the vehicle I would have felt it. ;-( So I pumped it
up, we got home and I applied Punctureseal outside the house (still
wearing my suite <g>). The tyre was still on the car when I finally
broke it many years later. ;-)