Tires experience a multitude of conditions throughout their lifetime. General wear and tear on a tire can lead to air loss, punctures, and a variety of issues that are dangerous and costly to fleet managers. Add in heavy stop-and-start operating, fluctuating outside temperatures, and rough road conditions, and wear on a tire drastically increases. Using tire sealants helps to combat this problem. However, choosing the correct tire sealant can save your tire and wheel from a dangerous and costly side effect: corrosion.
THE DAMAGING SIDE EFFECTS OF LOW-GRADE TIRE SEALANTS
The purpose of every tire sealant is consistent: stop leaks, seal punctures, and improve the longevity and function of the tire. While many average sealants may aid in solving these issues, they also have a bad reputation of creating other problems during wheel assembly within the tire and wheel assembly.
Inferior tire sealants are known to:
- Damage the inner liner
- Inhibit the potential to patch or repair the puncture
- Corrode the wheel
While each of these problems can be difficult to manage, the most costly of these is corrosion on the wheel. In heavy stop-start environments, such as waste haul and buses, along with commercial over-the-road trucks, the tire sealant is exposed to high heat and repetitious cycles – making the wheels much more prone to corrosion.
TIRE CORROSION AND HIGH-STRESS ENVIRONMENTS
A recent article published on Campanellas.com underlined the dangers behind the chemical agent used in common tire sealants and the corrosive damage it causes to your wheel when used within the tire. When the chemical is mixed with water, it becomes corrosive enough to adhere itself to the inside of the tire. While the article highlighted common passenger vehicle sealants, the same principal reaction occurs with common tire sealants in high-stress environments.
However, this corrosion is amplified and essentially eats away at the wheel once operating conditions become demanding as the sealant compound turns acidic with prolonged exposure to heat. That would mean not only a damaged wheel, but higher operating costs and more downtime for fleet managers.
HOW SEALANTS FROM IMI ARE DIFFERENT
ECO SEAL from IMI has been repeatedly validated to seal the inside of a tire without causing any of these issues. In fact, ECO SEAL not only repairs and protects your tire from 2X more punctures than leading competition, but it also prevents degradation of the tire’s inner liner.
However, the most impressive advantage of using ECO SEAL is its scientifically proven resistance to corrosion. Most sealants have a glycol base, which becomes extremely acidic when exposed to high heat and repetitious cycles.
For extreme operating applications, ECO SEAL from IMI is built to maintain non-corrosive pH levels with 7x more corrosion resistance than leading competitive sealants.
Even after 1700+ hours of high temperatures and the most extreme conditions, ECO SEAL protected the tire from air loss and did not corrode the wheel.
Rigorous testing is what sets IMI products apart. They are scientifically proven to keep your customers on the road, saving you time and money – and sealants from IMI are no exception.