Flat Tires May Become A Thing Of The Past

August 24, 2012 12:00 AM

Flat Tires May Become A Thing Of The Past

" Over the years, experience has taught us one thing time and time again: when something sounds too good to be true, chances are good that it won’t deliver as promised.

That’s why we’re somewhat skeptical about a new tire-coating process, described in The Detroit News, that promises to prevent flat tires (from small punctures, anyway), boost fuel economy by up to 10-percent, make tires last up to 25-percent longer and significantly reduce tire noise.

Called “Rhinotire,” the process involves coating the inside of a tire with a unique polymer, developed by engineers in Hungary looking for a permanent fix for flat tires. It took a decade of research before the proper formulation was found, and tests soon showed that the product yielded additional benefits.

Sealing the inside of the tire, for example, can help to reduce pressure loss and maintain (if not boost) fuel economy. Rhinotire’s American distributor, Kevin Fields, claims the product will also keep the tire tread cooler (an important consideration for running at high speed) and reduce both noise and vibration "

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