Emergency Tire Inflator

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  1. DougPrime

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    Anyone carry an emergency tire infiltrator?
    Consumer Reports likes the Airman ResQ Pro +. The non plus RESQ PRO looks more compact though to fit in the Prime.

    It is a compressor and some water soluble sealant. Supposed to be safe for the tire pressure monitors TPMS. Also wouldn't explode in a hot car like the pressurized cans might.

    Particularly interested if anyone could fit it in the little storage area of the Prime. The two piece plain ResQ might have an even better chance of fitting.
     
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    The Prime comes with an emergency tyre sealant with inflator located in the left side cargo compartment.
     
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    Aftermarket ones appear more robust, can be used just as an air compressor, and the replacement goo cartridges are much cheaper($25 to Toyota's >$100).

    Unless you need a portable air compressor, I'd wait until the one that came with the car has been used.
     
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    I carry a smallish hand-powered bicycle pump. Still a real floor pump, not the really compact type cyclists carry while riding.
     
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    As mentioned already, PP already comes with an emergency tire sealant/inflator. But I do carry a portable 12v compressor and tire repair kit (plugs and tools). They are not compact enough to fit in the small under-deck storage space, but compact enough to fit under the front seat or in the footwell.
     
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    Ditto for Salamander_king's comments. I have a 2014 PiP without a spare, and I was concerned about the Toyota kit killing the TPMS sensor. I have a compact 12v inflator, a can of SLIME and a patch kit that barely takes up any room. I keep the tools in a small plastic case in the storage space in the trunk and keep the rest in a small duffel bag in the trunk.

    The inflator has paid for itself in being able to monitor tire pressure with a gauge I trust, and keeping all of the bicycle tires in the family inflated.
     
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    Wow, I had no idea that was there, thank you so much.
    Now I want to find a tire repair kit, tool kit and/or first aid kit that fits in the little cubby on the right hand side.

    What do you put in the little cubby hole under the panel on the right hand side of the cargo bay?
     
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    Fair. I have an Airman compressor myself but I don't recall the model off the top of my head (it's probably 20 years old) but I leave it at home. (Used to carry it in the Gen 3 under the floor but never needed it).
     
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    Like many others, I have a plug kit and a small compressor. I've used the compressor several times on other people's cars and once on my own slow leak to get me to a shop for a proper plug/patch repair which was free.

    The so-called repair kit that came with the car is in a drawer in the garage. It is of no use to me. I'll put it back when I sell or trade the car.

    And I also have a spare donut tire strapped down in the back in case of a blowout. It makes a perfect place to coil up the EVSE cable.
     
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    Timely thread...

    We just used our emergency goo kit yesterday. The good: completely idiot proof, could not have been easier. The bad? I don't know how to detach the used bottle of goo. Anyone have any guidance on this? It doesn't unscrew and I don't want to force/pry it out.

    I've also considered going the route of replacing the whole kit with an aftermarket version and a plug kit, but I'd like to know how to re-use the OEM kit if possible.
     
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    It is possible to replace the canister, but the replacement from Toyota costs far more than a good portable compressor and plug kit.

    Haven't heard of anyone taking the bottle off and simply refilling it.
     
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    Thanks. That's what I'm thinking. To clarify, I wasn't planning to refill the bottle, but was considering replacing with a new bottle of OEM slime.
     
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    Members here have paid over $100 for the replacement bottle.

    If you want to stay with slime, an after market compressor was posted in one of the flat tire threads, which not be the model listed in the OP here. It was $60 at Amazon, with $25 replacement bottles. It looked more robust than the one that came with the car, and can be used as a plain air compressor.

    So far, my cars have had a spare, but I do carry a plug kit and compressor, has that is usually easier to do that swap the whole wheel with most flats.
     
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    Yes, just force and/or pry the goo jar off. I couldn't figure it out either, and took the thing back to the shop. After about 15 minutes, that was their response.
     
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    I've had very good results with the Nealy tire repair kit on motorcycle tires. How it Works | Tirerepairkit

    I have never heard anything good about the Slime© brand tire sealant. I hate working on a tire or bicycle or motorcycle tube with the slimy goop in it; I haven't found a way to clean it good enough for a patch to stick. I do like Slime brand inflation compressors. We need to be careful--don't use the "Slime" word as generic for tire sealant. I buy Slime brand pre-treated bicycle tubes, but if they get a puncture too big for the slop to seal I junk the tube and buy a new one.

    For a sealant to use in advance of a possible puncture, I've had good results with Ride-On brand sealant
    Tire Sealant - flat tire prevention for Cars | Ride-On Tire Protection
    I have Ride-On sealant in my Prime snow tires and Bridgestone DriveGuard run flat all-season tires on the Prime.
     
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    Add me to the folks who carry a small compressor and tire plug kit. Unless you get a complete tire failure, it’s pretty easy to fix a tire with a plug and gets you back on the road with peace of mind. YMMV
     
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    Throw in a temp spare too and you’re really covered. A plug repair in inclement weather is tough, and sometime it’s just not doable.
     
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    An alternate to 12 volt compressor, occasionally mentioned: the lowly floor-style bicycle pump. Arguably a work/out, but it always gets it done, and surprisingly quickly.
     
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