Tire Maintenance

What Tire Repair Kit is the Best


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Keeping a tire repair kit in the trunk of your car is a smart move. Whether you're experienced in car repair or not, the information following can help take away some of the mystery in deciding what type of tire repair kit is best for you.

Plug/Patch Repair Kits

Puncture repair kits used by tire shops and professionals can be purchased online or at your local auto parts store. Kits come with a supply of patch/plug supplies, and tire repair tools. If you're a do-it-yourself type, these two manufacturers offer the best quality and value in repair kits.

  • Blackjack: Blackjack manufactures professional grade patch and plug kits for consumer use. Kits come with patch tools, supplies and easy to follow instructions. Price range for these repair kits range from $45 to $70 for passenger cars and trucks.
  • Dynaplug: Made for tubeless tires, Dynaplug makes some of the most popular tire repair kits among consumers. Kits are compact, easy to use and good value for the price. Dynaplug makes tire repair kits for all types of vehicles, including motorcycles. Kits range in price from $20 to $50.

Pressurized Repair Kits

If you prefer to take your car to a professional for proper repair, but want an emergency repair kit, the following products are easy to use until you can get your car in for service. Before buying, check the owner's manual to find out if your vehicle is equipped with a tire management system that may be hampered by repair sealants.

  • Slime Repair Kits: Slime tire repair kits come with Slime sealant and an air compressor. It's an emergency kit that can be used to safely get you back on the road quickly without having to change your tire, remove it to repair or wait for a tow. Kits range in price from $40 to $100.
  • Fix-a-Flat & Ride-On: These products are an emergency tire repair kit in a can that can save you in a pinch. Fix-a-Flat and Ride-On are both pressurized chemicals that when sprayed into the tire through the air valve stem, will seal the puncture from the inside. The product can be washed out before being properly repaired. One canister ranges in price from about $7 to $15.
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