2022 Best Tire Repair Option for ATVs, SxS, and Lawn Mowers
Updated: May 14, 2022
We all wish tires could last forever, but that’s just not the case. Tires get used, and that means wear, punctures, and more on your ATV, SxS, lawn mower, and other vehicle tires. Thankfully, it is often possible to avoid buying expensive new tires and repair your old ones instead.
However, this presents the question of what option do you use? With so many different products available, how do you find the best tire repair options? Check out this 2022 tire repair and tire sealant review to find out which option is the best.
Tire Plugs - tried and true
Tire Patches - requires special tools or a trip to a tire shop
Aerosol Tire Sealants - steer clear
Gel based Tire Sealants - works temporary
TireJect Tire Sealant - overall best choice!
Tire plugs are one tried and true, popular option for tire repair. They are used when your tire is punctured in the tread by something small like a nail, thorn, or screw. Tire plugs are a good option in the short term if you have the tool kit and plugs available, but they do often develop leaks and don’t always hold for the long term. One tire sealant covered later in this article can actually repair old leaky plugs. This option does work, but we think there are better options to consider.
Another option is using a tire patch. A tire patch is a piece of rubber attached to the inside of the tire to fix a hole. They are better suited for larger holes than tire plugs, but, one big downside is that they require the tire to be dismounted. This is not only very time consuming, but requires special equipment which is typically done by a tire shop or dealer which just adds to the hassle.
The next option available are tire sealants. Tire sealants is an umbrella term covering a wide variety of sealants. And it's important to point out that not all tire sealants are created equal, so it is important to take a close look at all of them.
Aerosol Tire Sealants
Aerosol sealants come in an easy-to-use aerosol can. They have limited sealing abilities because the sealant does not contain particles as it has to pass through the tiny opening within a valve core that is designed to pass air, not tire sealant. These sealants are typically not very effective and at best might provide a temporary seal for a very small tread puncture. Aerosols must also be removed from the tire within 24-48 hours. They also commonly contain harsh solvents that are bad news for the tire and rim. I would steer clear of Aerosols and do not recommend.
Thick Gel Tire Sealants
Thick gel sealants are another option. The common brands are Slime tire sealant, multi-seal tire sealant, Berrymans tire sealant, etc... They are all a thick gel with suspended fibers used to temporarily seal punctures. Downsides include that they often go flat overnight since they do not contain any adhesive properties and the suspended fibers simply do not provide a permanent seal. If you do use this option they will likely keep your tires inflated while the tires are in motion, but as soon as you let the vehicle sit for an extended period of time you will likely find yourself with adding air to the tire. These thick, gel based sealants are also more difficult to install, and cause wheel balancing issues, especially in colder weather conditions. These sealants will offer you a temporary repair, but we still feel there is a better option when it comes to tire sealants.
TireJect Tire Sealant
The highest rated option is TireJect’s off-road tire sealant. We have never seen a tire sealant quite like this before, it is a much thinner, low viscosity liquid in comparison to gel based tire sealants which seems to offer some advantages. TireJect actually creates a permanent seal with liquid rubber, recycled tire granules and Dupont Kevlar fiber. It can be used to repair an existing flat or pre-installed as a preventative measure to avoid flats altogether. TireJect’s 5-in-1 off-road tire sealant covers tread punctures, sidewall punctures, slow leaks, bead leaks, and minor dry rot (weather checked). It is safe for the tire and rim and the thinner liquid was easier to install. TireJect is a compelling option to consider offering more sealing capabilities than other tire sealants and a more permanent repair. We also like that TireJect Tire Sealant is made in the USA!
Let’s wrap it up (What’s the TL;DR)
Overall, TireJect tire sealant is the clear choice. It is the best tire repair option for slow leaks, bead leaks, and the best tire sealant option for tubeless off-road applications - ATV, SxS, lawn mower, and more. Additionally, TireJect can be used to prevent leaks and punctures before they happen when pre-installed. And you will find TireJect to be the easiest to install while providing the best sealing capabilities. So, if you are considering options to repair a flat tire - we recommend giving TireJect.com a try.