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I drove from my home 150 miles to a hotel for work. After I finished unloading my stuff and proceeded to park the car, I noticed that the left front was completely flat. I have no spare of course. I didn't try using the portable compressor and called roadside assistance. They said there was no tire available and they would tow it to a nearby dealer. I purchased wheel and tire insurance with the vehicle and had to use it once before for a nail in my tire. I'm not sure if the dealer here can contact my selling dealer or if I'll have to pay and get reimbursed. The tow is covered. This is very frustrating.:mad2:
 

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I had the dealer "throw in" the spare tire option or I told him I would not lease the car. The compressor is idiotic.
 

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I too had the dealer order a spare for my 2015 SRX Lux. for FREE or No Deal on the car. The Inflators are useless in a lot of situations and ruins your Tire Pressure Monitor Sensors.
 

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Did you get a low psi on the DCI from the TPMS?
Upon restarting the car to move it from the loading area I didn't fasten my seat belt and ignored any chimes. I drove a few feet and something felt wrong so I stopped. Looking at the dash the left front tire showed 1PSI. That's when I got out and saw the flat tire. It's been towed and I have to call the dealer in the morning.
 

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Unrelated to the SRX, but my wife's Ford Escort had a screw in the tire and I took it to a local Tire dealer who said they cannot plug the tire as it is against Florida DOT rules to plug a tire. They wanted me to purchase a brand new tire for $140. My wife only drives 12 miles a day and she decided to drive the car with the screw. It is working like a plug and it has been two months since we first noticed the screw!!!

Anyone else have a similar situation whereby their tire place will not PLUG a hole in a tire that is not on the sidewall?
 

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I have had a nail in the drivers side rear tire for just over a week and it does not leak air so I'm leaving it there util I have time to go to the tire shop, but I do have a spare wheel kit just incase, I agree the inflator is somewhat
useless, give me a spare wheel & tire any day of the week.
 

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algiorda said:
Unrelated to the SRX, but my wife's Ford Escort had a screw in the tire and I took it to a local Tire dealer who said they cannot plug the tire as it is against Florida DOT rules to plug a tire. They wanted me to purchase a brand new tire for $140. My wife only drives 12 miles a day and she decided to drive the car with the screw. It is working like a plug and it has been two months since we first noticed the screw!!! Anyone else have a similar situation whereby their tire place will not PLUG a hole in a tire that is not on the sidewall?
I live in Florida (Orlando) and have never had a problem getting a tire plugged. In fact, in the last couple of months we have had a hole plugged in a tire on each of our cars. Discount Tire is my go-to for tire repairs. Never a charge and always prompt, courteous service. Hope this helps.
 

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...Anyone else have a similar situation whereby their tire place will not PLUG a hole in a tire that is not on the sidewall?
It's not just the sidewall but if it's too close to the edge of the tread it may be an issue. That said if it's in or near the center of the tread they're just trying to make a sale at your expense. Find another dealer.
 

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Have the tire shop patch from the inside of the tire. Plugs are bad due to open steel cords rusting and the result is a blow out.
 

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Have the tire shop patch from the inside of the tire. Plugs are bad due to open steel cords rusting and the result is a blow out.
Plugged or patched from the inside the the cords/belts are going to be exposed. An interior patch does nothing to close the puncture hole whereas a plug does. I've driven 40,000+ miles on plugged steel belted tires without a fail, in Michigan, on salted roads.
 

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I too had the dealer order a spare for my 2015 SRX Lux. for FREE or No Deal on the car. The Inflators are useless in a lot of situations and ruins your Tire Pressure Monitor Sensors.

Does it really ruin the sensor? I did not know about it...Although I can probably imagine why.
 

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Does it really ruin the sensor? I did not know about it...Although I can probably imagine why.
I don't want to take any chances with the canned sealant. My tire was repaired at no charge by the nearby Cadillac dealer. All in all, things went very well.
 

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It's my understanding that the sealant provided by GM is compatible w/ the GM sensors. 'Aftermarket' sealants gum up sensors, but newer ones (and manufacturer supplied) don't. Would need to verify w/ GM though.

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http://www.amazon.com/Tooluxe-50002L-Professional-Repair-35-Piece/dp/B002I52RG0/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1424805031&sr=1-1&keywords=tire+repair+kit

Just as easy as changing a tire, take out object that is causing an airleak, stab the tire with the plug expanding tool, thread the plug into the plug holding tool, lube it, stab the tire with it and yank quickly. Cut excess plug.

Done.
I guess this is something you will most likely use at home. I am not sure if you can always use it while on the road - as you need to locate the leak first though the dirt, mud and snow, in low light conditions or at night. From my experience (luckily - not very rich one) with the flat tires the Murphy law applies at 100% ;)

The sealant - at least you can pump it only one way.

But I find this thread very interesting. Anyone here can share a success (or not) story about using GM-provided sealant to fix a flat tire on the road? And what happened to the tire and TPMS sensor after that?
 

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I guess this is something you will most likely use at home. I am not sure if you can always use it while on the road - as you need to locate the leak first though the dirt, mud and snow, in low light conditions or at night. From my experience (luckily - not very rich one) with the flat tires the Murphy law applies at 100% ;)

The sealant - at least you can pump it only one way.

But I find this thread very interesting. Anyone here can share a success (or not) story about using GM-provided sealant to fix a flat tire on the road? And what happened to the tire and TPMS sensor after that?
I can see if you don't have roadside assistance, but why fool with this stuff if you don't have to? You guys are talking about a bubble gum repair on a modern Cadillac. Plug? Silly. In my case it was dark, there was snow on the ground, and the tire was completely flat. removing the wheel and locating the leak would have been difficult and tedious.
 

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A plug is not a bubble gum repair, the material the plug is actually made up of stronger material than the tire is made up of. I have had tires with holes and have properly temperature cycled them (in some events raced on them) using plugs with 0 issues.
That is the way all shops repair your tire using plugs/sealant and the tools listed above. Sure on the side of the road it maybe a pain but its a lot more secure and stable and a can of fix a flat which MAY work (I tried 2 times and they have never worked for me)

Coming from about 10 years of patching tires this is a proper method that works all the time. Just offering other tips advice that has worked. Feel free to do what works best/easier for you folks.
 

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I have been plugging tires professionally for 30+ years. North shore labs and Blackjack make excellent tire plug kits.
 
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