Topic: Always Carry a Tire Pump and some Flat Fix Along in Your SUV
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Tire Pump Flat tires off the road are really not all that common because off-road tires are constructed more rugged than most street tires. But if you develop a leaking or flat tire, you will need a tire pump and some Flat Fix to get you going again.

The top photo shows a small tire pump operated from the vehicle cigarette lighter. It will pump up completely flat tire in 8-10 minutes. Be sure to also pack a tire gauge (red arrow).

Flat Fix is a compound that is inserted into the tire through the valve stem. It will temporarily seal small leaks but will not help with big holes in your tires. Be sure to follow the instructions on the can and heed the warnings (many of these compounds are highly flammable).

For the serious off road driver of a sport utility vehicle, metal cylinders containing liquid CO2 are available (bottom photograph). These are useful if you are in the habit of lowering your tire pressures significantly when you drive off the road. Some of these tanks can store enough CO2 to refill all four tires after your off road trek.

Warning: If you lower the tire pressures on your SUV for off road travel, be sure to bring them back up to the tire pressure specifications (usually posted inside the drivers side door or in your owners manual). Do this before you travel on any highway to prevent severe tire wear or tire overheating which can cause tread separation.
Flat Fix
Container of CO2
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