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Puncture Proofing Vehicle and PowerChair Tyres
These are the types where you add some "tyre seal fluid" to the tyre when you
fit it or at any time later on and it stays in the tyre forever. It actively
prevents deflation through punctures and seals them as they happen.
This isn't the same
as the less effective aerosols that you use after you get a puncture to "repair
and inflate" a tyre after the event.
Being in a wheelchair
(actually powerchair) and also being a driver leaves me much more likely to
suffer a puncture in either my van or my wheelchair than normal (twice as many
tyres!) and at the same time the consequences are far more involved. It also
makes it almost impossible to rectify the situation alone.
Power wheelchairs are massively more likely
to get a puncture and leave you unable to either get in your vehicle or get home
than a van or car is. Mainly because we run along the edges of roads, and on
pavements where all the debris such as nails and glass naturally collect.
One good way to reduce punctures and the problems that they cause in a Power
Wheelchair is to fit Tubeless tyres as I now do since they are far less likely
to be punctured in the first place.
And IF they are then there is no tube to "pop" like a balloon so they generally
get you home even with a nail stuck in them. I have some information on that
modification should you be interested on my
Wheelchair pages. Or my
Very modified power wheelchair pages...
But in any case I use a large amount of tyre
"puncture proofing fluid" in all of my
Mobility Van and
Powerchair tyres be they tubeless or tubed.
This stuff comes in all types and styles.
one shown is the one I use in my own vans tyres. Its
thin enough to flow evenly and as long as you only add the correct amount
doesn't cause wheel balance issues at legal highway speeds. although it does
cause minor problems at around 85mph that goes away at about 100 mph and
upwards. (Tested in Germany officer)
It does give peace of mind though and it really
does work. Some other brands are also good but this one I can personally vouch
for. At least its the one I used to use before I fitted special
runflat tyres to completely cure
the problem! Its called Ultra Seal. Ultra Seal isn't cheap however but
being disabled never was. I cant vouch for the cheaper brands.
which don't care one bit about balance I use much thicker and more fibrous "off
road" tyre sealer. This one is OKO Off Road Tyre Seal
It is no use in faster on road vehicles as it
definitely causes balance issues and wheel wobble. But in a sub 50mph vehicle
like a powerchair, lawnmower, golf cart, and small quad bike then its superior
and will seal the most horrendous punctures without a problem.
I have a front wheel here from my powerchair and
after unscrewing the valve core I still cant get the tyre to deflate!
The other advantage of slow vehicles is that you
can literally 1/3rd fill your tyres with this off road tyre seal with almost no
chance of a puncture stranding you outdoors somewhere. I get mine on eBay
cheaply in bulk in 2 litre bottles.
It works better in tubeless tyres but is still pretty effective
in tubed tyres as well. Makes repairing a puncture messy though so better to buy
a few spare inner tubes just in case! Personally I use tubeless tyres even
in my powerchairs.
On the face of it you may think fitting "solid" or "green" tyres
or "foam" filled tyres is a better option. But the are very uncomfortable, wear
fast without proper air inflation, cause some turning and steering issues as
well as being harder to "push" so shortening range and battery longevity due to
higher Depth Of Discharge. (see batteries)
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Powerchair Tyre Pressures What
should they be and why?
Weld Aerosol Punctures.
We just love those! At least get et a can
of tyre repair foam today!
Puncture Proof Tyres I
mean real puncture proof, like the military use.
NOT solid, foam filled, inserts or and of
the other "mobility solutions" that jar your spine every few feet outdoors.
There are better ways.
A page discussing the types of powerchair tyres we
have, can get, and which are best and why. Advantages and
disadvantages of each type. So you know what to look for or to swap over to!
Powerchair Tyres Solids or
Advantages and disadvantages of each type. Which should you fit?
Run Flat Tyres for your car or