The effectiveness of Ride-On depends on the tire pressure, the weight of the vehicle and the centrifugal force of a spinning tire. If Ride-On fails to seal the puncture, one of the following can be the case:
- There is not enough Ride-On inside the tire:
Consult the calculator to determine the correct dose for your vehicle.
- The tire is torn, the valve is leaking or the puncture is in the sidewall
Ride-On only seals leaks caused by punctures in the crown . If the tire is otherwise damaged, please consult a specialist.
- The puncturing objects are greasy or dirty
Use a tire awl to clean out the puncture.
- The puncture is too small (from a needle or thorn)
Ride-On contains fibers to seal leaks. If the puncture is too small, the fibers will not fit. Carefully enlarge the hole using a tire awl to let Ride-On function properly.
- The puncture is too large
Depending on the formula, Ride-On seals leaks caused by objects ranging from 3 (1/8") to 12.5 millimeters (1/2") in diameter.
- The Ride-On gel has been contaminated by moisture or dirt inside the tire
Remove the Ride-On and either use conventional repair methods, or apply new product.
- The puncturing object has been in the tire for too long
Rubber has a ‘memory’ and will adapt to the shape of the object. If the object is removed eventually, it will take a while for the tire to revert to its original shape and be sealed. Therefore, regularly check your tires for damages. In this situation, inflate the tire and drive a distance to warm up the tires and allow for Ride-On to seal the hole. You may need to repeat this several times.
- The vehicle hasn’t been driven after removal of the object
For Ride-On to seal a puncture, the weight of the vehicle as you drive it opens the wound when it hits the road surface to allow the fibers to enter the wound cavity (puncture) to form a plug. Centrifugal force, air pressure, and the flexing of the wound cavity are all needed for Ride-On to effectively seal a puncture. This means you will need to drive the vehicle for the sealant to work. If you don’t, the leak will not seal and you will lose pressure. Seeing the liquid sealant come through the wound, does not mean necessarily mean that the fibers were able to enter and seal the wound cavity to create a plug and seal it.
- Ride-On was applied after the tire was damaged
Ride-On was designed as a preventive measure and not a quick fix in case of damage. If Ride-On is applied to an already damaged tire, follow these steps:
- Situation 1: the puncturing object is still in the tire. Wait to remove the object. First, apply the severe dose and inflate the tire. Drive the vehicle for 5-10 kilometers (3-6 miles) to warm up the tires. Now carefully remove the object and drive another 3-5 kilometers (1-3 miles). If necessary, re-inflate the tire. Repeat driving and inflating steps if necessary.
- Situation 2: The object has already been removed. Apply the severe dose and inflate the tire. Drive the vehicle 5-10 kilometers (3-6 miles) to distribute the gel evenly. Re-inflate the tire and keep driving until the puncture is sealed. Re-inflate when necessary. We do not recommend that an existing flat tire be sealed using Ride-On as we do not know the condition of the tire and casing and how long it has been driven flat.