I need some advice on how to manage flats. This is my second flat. The first was a blowout and could not be repaired. Towed to the Ford dealer and replaced. $270 dollars. No tire warranty for "road hazard".
This time it was a regular slow leak flat. Backed the car out of the garage - TPMS monitor on. Left rear tire flat. Got out the "Temporary Mobility Kit" used the sealant, then inflated to 30 lbs. So far so good. Lots of warnings not to exceed 50 mph or 120 miles so I took it to a tire shop to repair the flat. No, because a sealant had been used the tire could not be repaired. They didn't have any in stock so I went to Costco where I knew it would be cheapest and, unlike FORD, they would honor their warranty.
Three hours later, $220 for the tire. $50 to replace the tire pressure sensor (which was gummed up with the Sealant) and $35 for a replacement sealant cartridge (not from Costco BTW). Total over $300. and half my day. For a simple flat.
IS THIS NORMAL???? Why does Ford supply the car with a sealant that destroys the pressure monitor, voids the warranty and prevents the tire from being repaired? Oh yeah in case I had had the string repair kit (which I bought, $7) I still couldn't have repaired the tire away from home the road because THERE IS NO JACK!
Isn't there a better way? Please don't tell me I don't know how to drive a hybrid, that has nothing to do with getting a flat (I drove my last car 10 years with 1 flat)