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I have read a good deal about the tyre repair kits on many vehicles.

However has anyone used 'SLIME' and if so what has been your experience

It has had some good reviews and in theory it might be possible to get a puncture repaired even if i had to clean it all out myself. Need to decide soon on a space saver or put my faith in SLIME.

Any input welcome. I have read most of the previous threads on tyres
 

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It depends on the nature of the puncture you get as to whether the "gunk" fillers will work effectively. There is a limit to the size if the hole that they will "repair" and you have to fully deflate the tyre to get the valve out to put the "gunk" in and then reinflate. You have no jack so this would be done with the tyre under weight of the vehicle so there is possibility of side wall damage.

There are members on the forum (and I am one of them) who just don't feel comfortable without a spare but even that is limited in use so there are arguments both ways. I don't fancy dealing with either on a dark wet night by the side of a busy road.
 

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SLIME is not a puncture repair. You put it in the tyre when new and if you do get a punture the idea is that the SLIME repairs it without you ever knowing that it has happened.

There are two issues for me. Firstly, if the intergrity of the tyre is in question then I want to know and secondly most tyre repairers won't repair a tyre once filled with SLIME as they can't get it clean enough for the vulcanising process.

I would rather know if I have a puncture and get it properly repaired every time. A spare wheel and tyre is the only way to go in my humble opinion.
 

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If you are a long way from home late at night and slime let's you down you are well and truely scuppered, and if you need a replacement tyre to get you home you can bet it will be at list price. I suppose if you are a slime convert you could go for both. If you do not get a puncture there will also be a cleanup job at tyre replacement time
 

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Hi SPARKSKI,I have no knowledge of 'SLIME' or any other puncture kits now supplied with new cars.
I understand you are asking if anyone here has used it, you might be lucky.

As said above, some tyre dealers/repairers will not touch a tyre that has been repaired in this way.
Good luck with cleaning out a tyre, after you've got it off the rim.
It all sounds clever if you can put a liquid in your tyre from the start that would seal a nail or screw hole, therefore not having the hassle of stopping to change a wheel.

Afew years ago I had a screw in the edge of a new tyre, I had to scrap the tyre. Would the gunk (slime) have worked in that instance?

It will come down to YOUR reason for not having/wanting a spare.
 

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It won't repair a punctured sidewall or a bent and leaking rim.
 

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I am convinced.

I am going for a retrofit spare wheel, tyre, jack and floor kit etc from Skoda

thanks for the responses
 

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If you are unsure about the size of the boot you could get a tin of gunk later, but it would be expensive the other way round. The spare is a 195 60 16 and H rated.
 

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If you can not repair your tyre at the road side will skoda assist tow you to a tyre centre?
 

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Used Slime some years ago on an old motor with very old tyres on it.Plenty of tread but years old and only to keep me going until a bit of customizing was completed on our best motor.Threw the balance out straight away,sometimes not too bad,other times bloody awfull.Claim's of an even spread around tyre were a bit of a fib.Might not be so bad on Yeti wheel's as they are a lot bigger than I had on the old escort but wouldn't go that route.Get a spare at any cost cos it's sods law that with one you will never need it but without you get a puncture first time out.
 

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Wobbley, I believe that Roadside Assistance (which is provided by the RAC in the UK) will recover your car to a suitable tyre replacement specialist but obviously will not cover the cost of replacing the tyre. Given its a puncture most likely to be a transporter recoverythan "given a tow" but I guess that's what you meant.
 

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If you can not repair your tyre at the road side will skoda assist tow you to a tyre centre?
Not a lot of use when the tyre depots are shut though?

I've had 2 punctures in 12 months neither of which would have been any good with sealants pop the space saver on and get to a tyre depot when possible .
 

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I suppose having a space saver at home fore local trips and carrying with you on longer outingsand get Skoda Assist to fit it
 

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Get a spare. No worries then.
 

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HelloBefore I bought my Yeti my son bought a Skoda Fabia. He brought it round to show us. " Where's the spare wheel" said I. "Oh you don't need one any more" said he. "Oh I think you do" I replied.
Well one week later miles from home he had a puncture. Injected gunk useless! Had to be recovered etc.
all at considerable expense and inconvenience.
Let this be a lesson to us all! You might never need your spare but what price for piece of mind.
Best wishes John
 

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Good advice there johntech.
 

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Picked up spare wheel kit from Caffyns Tunbridge wells For £273.No wonder Skoda dont supply from new makes boot a lot smaller















 

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The wheel brace etc. fit into a recess in the floor, you could always try dispensing with the other storage boxes and mounting the spare standing up at the side of the boot in case that suits you better. The storage boxes do actually hold a lot of clutter that would otherwise be rolling around on the boot floor so it is not as bad as it seems initially. You also get a proper tyre and wheel not like the "biscuits" supplied by other makes, from personal experiencethe one that came with my Mazda was dangerous. You also have plan B, where you can leave the spare behind and hope the gunk does not let you down if you have to use it.
 

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When I ordered my Yeti around three years ago the spare was only about £70, now I see the price has doubled!

I personally wouldn't feel happy riding around with no spare as I have had experience of how virtually useless the gunge is!

In my motor trade years I found the only 'vehicle' it seemed successful on was ride on mowers
 
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