Originally Posted by rowiebowie
I agree it will still be a mess for the tire repairman, but not sure if I care that much if the alternative is pulling out the jack.
Originally Posted by jbucking
No, the tire people will not like cleaning it up but that is what they get paid for.
As a gentlemen who has worked in an autoshop repairing flat tires and such... believe me you'll care when you see your bill.
Typical "nail in a tire" scenario was a 20 minute repair job. Average shop charges around $80 to $120 an hour for labor, plus the $5 or $10 in parts/equipment.
When I had people come in with these spray-can dealies... it took me around two hours to clean the gunk out of their rim. Plus, quite often... the tire is a MESS and requires a lot of grinding to put a patch on the inside if a plugjob wouldn't work. You, the customer, are going to pay for that extra labor.
It's not like there's a flat tire repair fee... or the few shops I worked in that DID offer a flat-fee type repair promotion did NOT apply it to spray-can jobs for just this reason.
So, it usually took two+ hours of labor to scrape clean the wheelrim, and they had to buy a new tire as it was cheaper to buy a new tire than to pay me the additional hours of labor to scrape out and repair the old tire.
So, your $3 can of spray ends up making a $60 tire repair into a $400 tire replacement.
Also, if you have AAA they will inflate you for free, or put on your spare tire for free... if you're too lazy to break out your own jack (even I have done this in the bitter winter cold). Most people who used these sprays did so when it was a slow leak and they could have just filled the tire with air and driven 2 hours to any shop in a tri-county area before the tire went flat... they literally could have called our tire shop and we would have probably plugged their tire on the roadside for less than a third what they ended up paying after they used a can and drove themselves to our shop.