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Old 22nd October 2013, 00:05   #31
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I filled this in one of my car tyres to check the product and depending on how good it was I would fill it in the other 3 tyres. What I noticed maybe after a year or 2 is that the rim got got rusted and the solution had dried up.
Can you please share more details of the purchase. I mean the rate, qty, source, brand etc in Hyderabad. I've heard of such product when I was in B'lore during the 90's but haven't used them until now. It can be really a boon for those undertaking long trips & feel relieved at least on this front.

I wanted to share a experience of a sudden puncture while commuting from B'lore to Hyderabad 20kms from Kurnool, I was driving alone while maintaining speed of only 90-100km/hr.This happened as I overtook a truck on the empty highway in the afternoon, the truck driver immediately applied brakes & honked while I managed to get the Safari safely to the left & stopped

The vehicle was new, so neither the stepney nor the rear wheel was ever removed before, the bolts were fastened in the factory so it was not coming out at all, finally after trying repeatedly in vain, decided to drive ahead very slowly, in about 2kms breathed a sign of relief after I saw a puncture shop near a petrol pump.

This shop guy had to literally stand on the spanner to get the nut unfastened while I was getting worried about the bolt threading getting worn out in the whole process

I decided against driving at high speeds to make up for the lost time, as stepney could'nt be repaired in the puncture shop( they didn't have tubeless tyre repair kit).

I remembered seeing a big MRF tyre shop at Kurnool on my onward journey to B'lore, so made up my mind to first get the stepney repaired, get the tyre rotation done & nitrogen levels checked of all wheels before proceeding further to Hyderabad. It was really my first such experience of getting stranded in a very hot afternoon on a highway alone!!

After this ordeal, getting a reliable & permanent solution for punctures will definitely be a priority
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Old 22nd October 2013, 00:12   #32
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This shop guy had to literally stand on the spanner to get the nut unfastened while I was getting worried about the bolt threading getting worn out in the whole process
Very similar experience I had in city limits. Was with a lady friend and Lancer's rear tyre got punctured. Tried my level best but the nut got stuck and wouldn't come off. Had to leave the friend with the car and go to a nearby petrol bunk ( luckily one was closeby only) and the expert there swore that he hasn't applied so much force ever to open a nut and I could see the amount of effort he had to put. Altogether a good 2 hours wasted.
Thats why something like this can be blissful!
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Old 22nd October 2013, 08:33   #33
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Thats why something like this can be blissful!
You bet a foolproof solution can be really blissful. I just can't imagine getting stuck in a similar manner on an isolated highway with family!! In case one has to remove the tyre all the occupants have to get off the vehicle in order to jack up. The scenario can really turn out to be a big pain as you can't think of driving a loaded vehicle slowly to reach for help

My friends were saying I was lucky it was'nt the front right wheel or else it would've been really difficult to maneuver
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I spoke to one of the dealers of the Slime product here in Delhi. Contact number is 9212224416.
Salient points :
1) This cannot be used on a tubeless tyre which has seen a few punctures in its life. You can use it on an old tyre so long as it has had no punctures before. Recommended to use only on new tyres.

2) Cost wise it is about Rs 4000/- for treating a set of 4 tyres - for an Innova

3) It is TPMS safe

4) They offer a guarantee of 2 years or 40000 kms whichever is earlier.

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There are lot of posts in this forum on different varieties of sealants available in the market. Couple of issues experienced by members after usage are the following :-
  • Wheel wobbling at high speeds i.e above 100-120kmph
  • Product not attaining the min desired life time i.e. 2 years/40000 kms.
  • Sealant getting dried up too soon with causes unknown.
  • Choice of brand to choose from ( as their are many) but limited update available on all the brands to pick the right make.
  • Wheel balancing issues post sealant application.
  • Precaution to be taken to ensure sealent doesn't flow out while topping up air/ nitrogen.
  • Rim getting rusted (no clear confirmation, as contrary views seen)
  • Tyre side walls are not protected.
  • Choice of the various specs of sealant available & lack of clarity on which product is suitable for specific Tyre types for better performance.

It is also noted that all products have their own pro's & cons, usage decision is therefore to be taken keeping them in mind. I've couple of more questions on this subject
  • Does the sealant become less effective in due course if they come in regular contact with water?
  • Do we've a product especially suitable for Indian conditions (w.r.t roads, temp etc)
  • Any reputed supplier in Hyderabad (Tried & Tested only )
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I think it is better to leave the tyres alone than mess with them and cause some unforeseen issue with balancing, alignment or vehicle stability.

Everytime you go out on that lone drive through wilderness where serial killers roam, just check your air pressure every 200-300 kms or so. This way if you notice a huge drop in air pressure in one of the wheels, compared to the others, you know you have a puncture. Fix it at the bunk and move on.

If you are going to be doing the treacherous route every single day, then you probably have a lot more to worry about than a punctured tyre.

I think these are great for bicycles though.
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The MRF ZVTV on my Ciaz have been picking up a lot of punctures and one such incident was during a past trip to Davangere in Oct 2017, I was left stranded with family in the mid of night somewhere between Karad and Satara as the rear right tyre had picked up a puncture. I had to drive some 10 odd Kms ahead slowly to a nearby village and located a tyre mechanic who fixed it at a hefty premium. The tyre mechanic informed that the puncture was caused by a small stone flake which was stuck between the grooves of the pattern and eventually pierced into the tyre.

At a local exhibition, a slime company had put up stall where an executive was demonstrating puncture proofing properties of slime. Upon inquiry, it was informed that the slime does not cause any corrosion / reaction to any metal but instead it would benefit the tyres by absorbing heat. I took address of the dealer and left. I visited the dealer showroom next weekend where I was explained regarding the various benefits of installing slime. The dealer also went on to say that so far they have installed slime on 50 odd cars and that they are not come across any instance of a puncture occurring after installation of slime. Being impressed by the demonstration and even as I was fed up with the N number of punctures my car tyres were picking up, I decided to go ahead and have it installed. I got the slime filled in all 4 tyres. It was a white liquid with black spots and some 200 ml was filled in each tyre by manual pumping through the air-valve. The vehicle was then run for about 10-12 odd Kms for the slime to distribute within the inner surface. The slime comes with life time warranty (life of the tyre considered here) and total cost was INR 5500. Meanwhile I did some local runs for 2 months where I noticed that the tyres held air well and there was no drop in pressure. This gave me enough confidence to take the car for a long journey to Hubli during Feb. 2018. At about 19:00 Hrs while returning I parked the car for tea break at Mapro garden at Vele. I noticed that the front left tyre was slightly deflated as compared to the others. Thoughts began running in my mind to fill up some air after tea. However, tyre started losing air rapidly and within minutes the tyre turned completely flat. Upon inspection I could locate a nail that had pierced into the tyre and air was flowing out from there. I got the puncture fixed locally and returned safely to Mumbai.

Upon visit to the dealer he said the deflated tyre should not be fixed and should have been stored for inspection after fixing the stepney. I was informed that slime would only seal the puncture temporarily but it is not a permanent solution. A permanent patch needs to be installed at the punctured area from inside of the tyre. He also insisted that I was required to take snaps of the punctured tyre and send to him just like what his other customers do when their tyres go flat. He showed a number of photographs of flat tyres his seemingly other clients who also got this slime installed, had sent (Time to recall his earlier statement that there was no case of any puncture reported after installation of the slime).

My final take on the slime,

1. It does not always work as advertised so relying on it is not advisable. Relying on better tyres is a wiser option.
2. Punctures if incurred after installation should not be plugged with puncture sticks instead it should be treated with proper patches, for the slime to work. I assume the reason being that the puncture stick hinders the smooth flow of slime when tyre rotates and may leave behind un-attended areas.
3. The slime does not even work on side wall and the shoulders so any puncture on these areas have to be addressed separately.

So will I go for it again when I install new set of tyres? Well, a definite no.

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