Fix-A-Flat Ottumwa IA

Local resource for Fix-A-Flat in Ottumwa, IA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to tire inflator, tire sealant, tire repair, emergency seals, rubber compound, and other car care products, as well as advice and content on how to fix a flat tire.

Wayne''s Tire
(641) 682-8471
823 Albia Rd
Ottumwa, IA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Black''s Tire Company
(641) 682-8063
517 W Main St
Ottumwa, IA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Shep''s Tire & Auto Unlocking Service
(641) 683-3026
16245 Bluegrass Rd
Ottumwa, IA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Black's Tire Company
(641) 682-8063
517 W Main St
Ottumwa, IA
Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:30AM-5:00PM, Saturday: 8:00PM-12:00PM, Sunday: 12:00AM-12:00AM,

Wapello County Tire
(641) 684-4681
102 West Main St
Ottumwa, IA
Services
Government Sales Deliveries,Participates In Goodyear National Promotions,Offers Goodyear Credit Card,Services National Account Customers,Tire and Service Network

Wayne'S Tire
(641) 682-8471
823 Albia Rr
Ottamwa, IA
 
Wal-Mart Store 1285
(641) 682-1715
1940 Venture Drive
Ottumwa, IA
 
Vaughn Motors
(641) 682-4575
1311 Vaughn Dr
Ottumwa, IA
 
Ottumwa Truck Center
(641) 682-0431
529 South Iowa
Ottumwa, IA
Services
Government Sales Deliveries,Offers Goodyear Credit Card,Services National Account Customers,fleetHQ

ExpertTire Store
225 W Main St
Ottumwa, IA
Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Save That Tire

By Bill Siuru   

Flat tires are rare today, but they do happen, especially if you drive an older vehicle. Here are a few tips that can mean help increase the chances that the tire can be saved and repaired.

If a tire starts losing air, it is critical that it be repaired before being driven any distance. Underinflated tires can be damaged beyond repair when driven even very short distances. Most of us have experienced tire going flat and it being destroyed while merely pulling onto the roadside to get out of traffic to change the tire.

Those aerosol sealants and inflators like “Fix-a-Flat” are only designed for temporary repairs so you can drive to a safe location and not as a permanent fix. If you have someone else repair the tire, tell them that you have used one of these products since some use flammable gases, such as butane, propane or isobutane. Naturally, don’t smoke when using them. Sometimes using them and then driving on the temporarily repaired tire may render the tire un-repairable.

Punctures up to 1/4" in diameter in car and light truck tires, when confined to the tread, can usually be repaired. However, they must be removed from the wheel and repaired using an inside repair unit and a plug. Outside-in or on-the-wheel repairs are not acceptable. Thus, using only a plug is not an acceptable repair for a puncture. The inner liner should be sealed with the appropriate sealing material. There are different materials and techniques for bias and radial tires, so it is important to use the correct one to the particular tire type. Done properly, repaired sidewalls can be as safe and strong as the remainder of the tire.

Fill small nail holes with vulcanizing material to keep the hole from growing, to cause belt separation, or prevent moisture and contamination from entering the casing.

Never use a tube in a tubeless tire as a substitute for a proper repair.

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