With more and more cars not coming with spare tires what are you to do when you get a flat tire? There are a couple of products you can purchase and keep in your trunk for that emergency situation when you do get a flat. You can buy a compressor kit that comes with sealant or you can purchase a pressurized can of sealant. Here are the pros and cons of each one.

Compressor kits

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Compressor kits come with a can of sealant and are fairly easy to use. If you know how to put air in your tires you can work one of these. Can also be used without the sealant to keep your tire properly inflated.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Has built-in tire gauge
  • Can be used year around to keep a tire properly inflated

Cons:

  • A little bulky to keep in your trunk
  • Can only inflate tires to 40 PSI
  • More expensive than a can of sealant

Pressurized Sealant Cans

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The pressurized sealant cans are also easy to use and can fix a flat tire in minutes. They are also very inexpensive to buy.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Can be used to quickly fix tire and get you on the road again
  • Small can and doesn’t take up a lot space in trunk
  • Very inexpensive

Cons:

  • Might not inflate tire all the way
  • Use only to get you to nearest tire repair shop

Overall

Whether you buy a can or compressor kit they both be able to fix a flat but the compressor kit will be able to properly inflate your tire. Keep in mind that neither product can seal a tire puncture that is in a tire’s sidewall and both are temporary fixes and you should get your tire replaced or professionally fixed by a tire shop.

Also make sure to let the shop know you used one of these products so they are aware of it because it does cause a messy residue inside the tire and they will have to clean this out.

So which one is for you? If you want the quick fix then go with a sealant can that you can just store in your trunk. If you want something that you can use year around, inflates tire properly with sealant, and also in an emergency than buying a compressor kit is the one for you.