In recent years, many Japanese Car Manufacturers have struggled with interior designs trying to get more space for more driver/passenger comfort. The Japanese consumers put more and more pressure on the manufacturers to come up with more space for luggage, more comfort, more power, and less fuel costs.
One of the ideas that have now become common-place for all Japanese Car manufacturers is to do away with the spare tire. All Japanese models in the last two years are now sold without a spare tire. In place, the new models now have more room, less weight, and use less fuel as a result. In place of the spare tire is a puncture repair kit. There are usually two parts to this kit that allow the driver to repair the kit without taking the tire off the wheel, and no need for jacking the car up.
The first part is kind of like a mini-compressor which is plugged into the cigarette lighter of the vehicle.
The second part is the liquid formula which will coat the inside of the tubeless tires ensuring no air leaks. The mini-compressor also pumps air into the tyre at the right pressure. This process is almost effortless and can be done easily by either man or woman, in a very safe manner, and very quick time.
The repair won’t be a permanent solution but is good enough to allow the driver to travel up to 100km (or sometimes more) to get to the nearest station or tire shop to replace the punctured tire. The only inconvenience is that the punctured tire needs to be replaced sooner than later, so you don’t have the convenience of using the spare yellow tires for days on end until you have time to go to the tire shop for a new tire.
I was very surprised and uncomfortable at first with my latest new vehicle when it didn’t have a spare tire. I wasn’t sure if I could use the repair kit with confidence, however, when the situation arose, I found it was effortless and very quick. All my worries were in vain. Once I got to the tire shop the tire was replaced, balance checked, and a new bottle of the liquid formula was included for the next puncture incident, all whilst I sipped on a cup of coffee in the waiting room.
Written by James Hanna, Director, Jeks Company
A tire repair kit offers a quick and safe-to-use alternative to full-sized spare tires. They significantly reduce your road-side risks, and cut the time your car (and you) are immobilized on the side of the road in half. Puncture Repair Kits are quicker, easier and safer than jacking up a car to change its wheels, allowing you to spend less time in a potentially dangerous situation while stuck on the roadside. In addition to safety and convenience, the kits also reduce a car’s overall weight; improving fuel economy, and take up less space, improving the amount of space available for golf clubs or shopping bags.