The 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid comes with a Fix-a-Flat system rather than a spare tire. If you get a flat while driving your 2021 Corolla Hybrid, you’re likely wondering: how do I use this Fix-a-Flat system?
How to Use the Fix-a-Flat” system in the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
- Stop the car in a safe location: pull over to the side of the road or off into a parking lot.
- Identify the damaged tire: the damaged tire should look visibly deflated compared to the other tires.
- Identify the source of the leak: Look for the tear or hole in the damaged tire. If there’s a hole torn, you’ll probably be able to find it easily. Make sure the damage is not too extensive and not larger than ¼ of an inch. Fix-a-Flat is not designed to repair large tears or cracks in the sidewall.
- Open the tire valve: unscrew the cap of your tire valve and place that cap somewhere that will be easy to find when you’re done.
- Prepare to seal the tire: commence can shaking.
- Begin sealing: attach the Fix-a-Flat nozzle to the tire valve. Make sure it’s secure. Once the nozzle is secured, you should begin to hear air inflating.
- Close the tire valve: After the can of Fix-a-Flat is completely emptied into the tire, unscrew the nozzle and replace the valve cap on the tire.
- Begin driving your car immediately: After using Fix-a-Flat, it’s important to start driving immediately to allow the tire pressure to increase and distribute sealant evenly. However, only drive the car about 2 to 4 miles after sealing the tire.
Warning: the Fix-a-Flat system is not designed to completely repair flats. Instead, it should only be used as a temporary solution until the tire can be replaced or a spare can be installed. If the tire is too damaged, get a certified mechanic to put on a spare tire instead of using Fix-a-Flat.
Note that Fix-a-Flat is designed so entire can is emptied into a single tire- don’t use same can on multiple tires.
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Is your tire at its recommended PSI level?
After your tire has been filled with Fix-a-Flat, it’s still important to ensure your tire is at its recommended PSI level. After using Fix-a-Flat, you may still need to inflate your tire with additional air to reach that recommended level.
To add additional air:
- Drive to the nearest air pump; any nearby gas station should have one.
- Pump air into the tire until it reaches the recommended PSI level. Check the level frequently with a tire gauge.
All good? Now get to a repair shop!
Finally, take your tire to be replaced or repaired by a professional. Let the person repairing your tire know that you’ve used Fix-a-Flat on your tire, so that they’re aware your tire is sealed with aerosol gases and not just air.