When to Use Fix-A-Flat and When Not to

flat tire on a car on a road

Should you use Fix-A-Flat or not? It’s an age-old debate, and there are good arguments on both sides. In reality, you can use Fix-A-Flat. Sometimes. Other times, you need to have a professional repair your tire. Knowing when to use Fix-A-Flat and when to avoid it is important if you’re going to stay safe on the road.

When You Shouldn’t Use It

People misuse Fix-A-Flat quite a bit, and that’s why it has such a bad rap. The misuse often comes down to overuse. People tend to use several cans on a flat tire. They think that as long as they can seal the flat, it doesn’t matter how much of the product they use. In reality, if you can’t fix the problem with a single can, you need to call in a professional. You can’t ensure your safety if you’re riding on four cans of Fix-A-Flat.

Second, you need to consult your owner’s manual. Some owner’s manuals warn against using Fix-A-Flat because it could interfere with the tire pressure monitoring system. If your owner’s manual states that you shouldn’t use it, don’t use it under any circumstances. Otherwise, you could end up with a blowout on the road.

When It’s OK to Use It

If you have a small leak that only requires a can of Fix-A-Flat to seal, go ahead and use the product, as long as your owner’s manual doesn’t warn against it. It can be a lifesaver when you’re out on the road and your tire is leaking. In fact, when it is used properly, it can keep you on the road for much longer.

When the time comes and you do need to get it fixed professionally, make sure you let the service tech know that you used Fix-A-Flat. That way, the professional will clean the tire properly before repairing it.

Fix-A-Flat comes in handy, but sometimes, you need a pro to handle the job for you. When that is the case, the team at Nissan of New Braunfels in New Braunfels, Texas, can help. Drop your vehicle off and use the courtesy shuttle to run errands or enjoy the town while the team works on your vehicle.