Ride-On Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ride-On?
Ride-On is a tire sealant; a protective product that's applied inside the tire. Ride-On is a water-based gel enriched with special aramid Twaron fibers, six times stronger than steel. When a puncture occurs, the gel is pushed through the leak to let the fibers effectively and permanently seal it - within seconds and without noticeable pressure loss. What sets it apart from other sealants is that it also has balancing qualities: as the gel distributes through the tire to coat the tire tread evenly, it will find any imbalance in the tire and help neutralize it. Another defining feature is that it contains no hardening ingredients: it will not dry out and is very unlikely to clog your valves.
How does Ride-On work?
Ride-On seals 85-95% of all punctures on the tire tread caused by nails, screws, thorns, junk on the road – depending on the formula, any sharp object ranging from 3 to 12.5 mm in diameter. Ride-On helps reduce the porosity of the tire by 500% and lower the temperature, for less oxidation in the tire. Tires filled with Ride-On are likely to maintain proper pressure much longer and stay cooler, causing them to wear 25% less on average. With Ride-On, you may benefit from a smooth ride, reduced fuel consumption, longer tire life and more safety.
Who use Ride-On?
Ride-On has a long track record and has been used in the USA for years in any situation where a flat tire can have bothersome or dangerous consequences: the army, US Postal Service, police and fire department, construction companies, commercial fleets and more all rely on Ride-On. In Europe as well companies are discovering the benefits of Ride-On.
How can I remove Ride-On from my tires?
Ride-On is a water-based gel and can easily be removed with a water vacuum and/or moist cloth.
How does Ride-On balance tires?
Ride-On is a fluid and balances in a hydrodynamic way. The centrifugal forces in the tire move the gel around, creating an even layer that’s thicker or thinner in the places where it is needed. The gel attaches to the tire and effectively helps to resolve any imbalance. It works much the same way as balancing powders or -beads, with the added benefits of a sealant.
Does Ride-On work effectively in combination with other products?
It is not recommended to apply Ride-On to tires that already contain other sealants or balancing products.
Can Ride-On be used in combination with TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems)?
Ride-On is safe to use with TPMS, provided that they are hermetically sealed.
I removed an object from my tire, but the hole doesn’t close. Why is that?
Ride-On contains fibers that seal the puncture. If the fibers are larger than the puncture itself, it may help to make the hole a bit bigger. Did you drive the vehicle immediately after removing the object? Ride-On works best when tires are warmed up and elastic. Drive 5-10 km for the best results. If the object had been stuck in the tire for a long time, the rubber has taken the shape of the object and may take a while to bounce back. Driving and warming up the tires helps in this situation as well. Pay close attention to the tire pressure as you drive.
What happens to Ride-On when I don’t drive my vehicle for a long time?
Ride-On is developed to attach to the tire tread and stay there even when the vehicle is stationary for a long time. However, since Ride-On is a liquid, eventually some of it will pool in the bottom of the tire. You may experience light vibrations when you start driving again, but these will wear off as the Ride-On redistributes through the tire.
What happens when I take my tires off the rim?
Once driven in, the Ride-On gel attaches firmly to the tire tread on the inside of your tires. It stays where it should, even when you take the tires off the rim. No mess in the garage!
Does Ride-On repair all leaks?
Ride-On was developed to protect the tire tread from puncturing objects. Depending on the formula, the gel seals punctures from 3 mm to 12.5 mm in diameter with an effectiveness of 85-95%.
Ride-On does not reach the shoulder or sidewall of the tire and doesn’t seal punctures in that area. Ride-On also doesn’t repair rips or tears. If you notice damage outside of the tire tread or that the tire continues to lose pressure, take the tire out of service and consult a specialist.
I discovered an object in my tire. What should I do?
Ride-On works best when the tires are warm. Therefore you should drive the vehicle for a couple kilometers first. Then you can remove the object. If it’s a nail, thorn or shard of glass you could use tongs. If it’s a screw, use a screwdriver to prevent further damage. Directly after, drive a few kilometers again to allow Ride-On to seal the puncture completely. Have a specialist check your tires as well.
Always remove the object as soon as possible. Although Ride-On may prevent your tires from losing pressure, leaving the object could cause further damage to your tires. Rubber also has a ‘memory’, causing it to stretch and conform to the shape of the puncturing object. It will take longer for the rubber to revert to its old shape and for the leak to be sealed. Your tire may continue to lose pressure as well.
Does Ride-On affect the rims?
No. Ride-On contains corrosion inhibitors that helps to protect rims from all sorts of rust and corrosion. It is also chemically inert and does not react with rims or tires.
How does Ride-On help to realize fuel savings?
Fuel consumption is closely linked to rolling resistance and tire pressure. Even a small deviation from the recommended pressure can cause an increase in fuel consumption. By helping tires maintain their pressure longer as well as balancing them, Ride-On creates the optimal rolling resistance for a comfortable ride. Depending on driving style, Ride-On may realize fuel savings of 3% on average.
How does Ride-On help to make tires last longer?
Tire wear is closely linked to rolling resistance and tire pressure. Even a small deviation from the recommended pressure can cause an increase in tire wear. By helping tires maintain their pressure longer as well as balancing them, Ride-On creates the optimal rolling resistance for less friction and less wear. Depending on driving style, Ride-On may make tires last 25% longer on average.
How does Ride-On help to balance my tires?
Ride-On balances hydrodynamically. This means that, because Ride-On is a gel, the product will search any imbalance and continuously work to resolve it. You may experience some imbalance right after application, but once Ride-On is run in you will enjoy a smooth ride.
How does Ride-On help seal punctures?
Ride-On is a high-tech gel that contains Twaron fibers, six times stronger than steel. When a puncture occurs, centrifugal forces in the tire force Ride-On through the puncture where the fibers can permanently seal it.
Can Ride-On be used in tube tires?
Yes, Ride-On is effective in tube as well as tubeless tires. However, as tube tires are thinner, they contain less rubber and are more fragile. This means that the maximum puncture diameter is smaller for tube tires and effectiveness may decrease. Once sealed however, it will last for the entire legal life of the tire.
How long does Ride-On last?
Ride-On was designed to last for the entire legal life of your tires. It contains no glue or latex and remains a liquid, so it won’t dry out and lose effectiveness. It is also easily removable with a moist cloth or water vacuum.
Will Ride-On ruin my tires?
Ride-On was tested and approved by Dekra to have no negative effects on wheel rubber for automotive applications. Corrosion inhibitors help prevent belts and casings from rusting.
Tires can still be repaired with traditional methods and the Ride-On can easily be removed.
Won’t the casings lose their value if I use Ride-On?
Ride-On contains corrosion inhibitors that help to protect rims, belts and casings against rust. It also seals leaks and reduces porosity of the tire, reducing the risk of water entering the tire. This also combats corrosion.
Won’t the Ride-On in my tires be messy for mechanics and the workplace?
Although Ride-On is a water-based gel, the product is sufficiently adhesive to stick to the tire tread. It forms an even coating that stays neatly in its place, even when the vehicle is stationary. When taking tires off the rim, Ride-On is therefore unlikely to seep out of the tire.
Is Ride-On safe?
Ride-On is biodegradable and does not contain any harmful chemicals or carcinogens. It is nonflammable. The safety of Ride-On has been determined in multiple independent studies. View the reports ›
For safe handling of Ride-On, consult the Material Safety Data Sheet ›
Regularly inspect your tires for damages. Remove objects, such as thorns, nails and other sharp objects. After removal, immediately drive the vehicle for 5 to 10 kilometers so Ride-On can completely seal the puncture.
Though Ride-On is formulated to seal leaks permanently, it is important to always consult a specialist after a puncture to determine whether additional repairs are necessary.