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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 06-16-2012, 11:35 PM
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Alternative to spare

Has anyone on this forum ever needed to use the BMW or other brand sealant foam and inflator kit? If so, how did it work out for you?
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:40 AM
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1. Sealant ruins the tire, you will throw it away when you get to a shop. Then you cannot just patch and go on your way.

2. Two times the damage was too great for sealant. This was on my M5. First time it was a 50 mile tow, and two days down. Second time I had a spare tire in the trunk.

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Old 06-17-2012, 09:08 AM
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I keep a portable air compressor, I also carry this specific tire plug that is a permanent repair

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Old 06-17-2012, 01:51 PM
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Thank you so much for the recommendation. I just ordered the dyna plug system. I also purchased the Tire Rack Continental inflator and foam kit. I am doing all this in contemplation of changing to non-runflat tires when my current set requires replacement.
I have the optional 3rd row seating with no place for a spare.
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:08 PM
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I'm sticking with the run flats because of two reasons. The first reason is my wife crosses a twenty-four mile bridge most days with a turn around every four miles, it is against the law to stop on the bridge for a flat, they want you to roll to the next stop area. Folks can get killed on that bridge when they stop. Second is we travel to our second home (four hour one way) sometimes late at night so with the run flats that can maybe help to get us to a spot to better our situation along with our spare gives us with more choices. The payment is a little less compliant ride but I did order AD to help with that. Everyone has different things to consider for their own situation I think.
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:43 PM
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FWIW the second day I had my X5 I ran over a piece of construction debris on the Mass Pike that put a 2" inch gash in my tire. No goop, plug or compressor would have been any help at all.

Much as I hate the RFT's, they got me safely into a service plaza where I could inspect the damage, and from there to a gas station that mounted my donut spare. (The factory scissors jack is such a piece of crap, that I would avoid using it if humanly possible).

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Old 06-19-2012, 08:05 AM
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Another thing to consider is that sealant will ruin the sensors in the tire.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:53 AM
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Inflation kit good only for minor repairs, and then you ruin your tire and need to get a new one
spare tire is good for whatever happens to the original tire (of course you need to find a safe place to change out the tire)
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:18 AM
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I put non RFTs on my X5 a couple of months ago for all the reasons that have been stated here and elsewhere. I do carry a can of sealent and an air compressor and plug kit. A concideration I have not seen here is if one is not comfortable doing roadside repairs then you probably should stay with the RTFs.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:21 AM
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Another thing to consider is that sealant will ruin the sensors in the tire.
How?
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:32 AM
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How?
It gets inside and gums them up.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:10 AM
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It gets inside and gums them up.
Gets inside and gums up the sensor? Have you ever held it in your hands?
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:17 AM
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Gets inside and gums up the sensor? Have you ever held it in your hands?
The page is from BMW TIS. I have nothing more to say on the subject. Have a nice day.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:23 PM
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I don't know how the sealant would gum-up the TPM sensors. They're sealed units and merely act as sensors. Whne the tire is removed for repair the TPM sensors merely need to be wiped down and cleared of the sealant. No big deal here.
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Zuma Man from Carp? Aloha... Whenever I order SAVs for friends I get them to order the spare tire.

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Old 06-29-2012, 06:24 AM
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I don't know how the sealant would gum-up the TPM sensors. They're sealed units and merely act as sensors. Whne the tire is removed for repair the TPM sensors merely need to be wiped down and cleared of the sealant. No big deal here.
I suppose if they can be cleaned well enough there is no big deal.

I don't use sealant at all as any hole that can be fixed with sealant can be fixed with a plug. I carry a small 12V compressor, a plug kit and a good tire pressure gauge. For access reasons you can plug a front tire with it still on the car by pointing the wheel out and rolling until the hole shows up. I've always had to remove the wheel to plug rear tires. Only once have I had a puncture I couldn't repair as it was on the edge of the tread belt and would hold until you drove on it.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:14 AM
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I suppose...
I thought you "had nothing more to say on the subject"?

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Old 06-29-2012, 04:44 PM
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I thought you "had nothing more to say on the subject"?

Have a nice day.
To you I didn't. Was I addressing you?
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