Frequently Asked Questions

What is a tyre repair kit/system?

A tyre repair kit or system consists of a high pressure inflator and a tyre repair fluid called a sealant. The combination of both in a unit enables users to inflate flat tyres and repair punctured tyres. The compressor in this unit not only inflates but also directly pumps the sealant into the tyre enabling the driver to drive to the closest garage for a permanent repair. Today, tyre repair kits of quality such as AirMan (under Active Tools label) are being deployed by automotive manufacturers replacing traditional heavy and bulky spare tyres.

What is a tyre repair sealant?

It is a fluid, liquid gel that is used to repair punctures in flat tyres. AirMan's sealant is an approved seal technology validated by leading automotive manufacturers.

What is an inflator/compressor?

An inflator or compressor is a high pressure unit that pushes air out of its hose. Its power typically comes from connecting the compressor to the vehicle's cigarette lighter or battery and its hose is connected to the tyre valve in order for air to enter into the tyre. A 12V power plug or crocodile clamps are used to connect the power and a built-in manometer permits reading the tyre pressure.

Why do I need a tyre repair kit in my vehicle?

In the event of a flat tyre, you can safely and rapidly get back on the road without waiting for roadside assistance or having to deal with the challenges of changing the flat tyre with a spare tyre. Other benefits include a lighter vehicle in case the spare tyre is removed from the trunk for better fuel economy, better pressure monitoring for optimal tyre care, and last but not least it is the safer, faster, and easier alternative to spare tyres.

Can AirMan replace the heavy spare tyre in my vehicle or do I need both?

It is your choice: replace it or use both. But, you need at least one of them due to safety regulations. Most automobile manufacturers are standardising on tyre repair kits such as AirMan.

Can I use AirMan on any tyre?

Yes, you can use the inflator to inflate and maintain pressure on almost any tyre including heavy duty vehicles such as trucks. To repair a tyre, you must only ensure that you have enough sealant for your tyre volume

How do I know which AirMan is suitable for my vehicle tyres?

AirMan is suitable for every kind of vehicle. AirMan offers the right tyre repair solution sized with the right compressor strength and sealant volume for your vehicle. View Products Details

Which automobile manufacturers and automotive brands have approved the AirMan technology through Active Tools?

Audi, Citroën, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Peugeot and Volkswagen.

Can I fix a tyre in the dark at night using AirMan?

You can use AirMan wherever and whenever you want. Some models of our integrated repair solutions are equipped with a light that not only allows operation of AirMan in the dark but also makes you visible on the roadside for your safety.

Can I use AirMan only for tyre repair or also for everyday tyre inflation?

AirMan can be used for both purposes. It repairs punctures and/or inflates only. Most AirMan products are supplied with adaptors for inflating everyday objects such as balls, bikes, and other inflatable objects.

How do I know the sealant is correctly being pumped in the tyre?

You can see that the bottle will be emptied thanks to the transparent AirMan bottle.

How do I know when to stop the inflation of the tyre?

In case of a repair, the sealant bottle should become empty. You will use an entire bottle sized for your vehicle for one puncture. While the inflator is pumping air into the tyre, check your tyre pressure by reading the pressure gauge/manometer until you reach the desired manufacturer recommended pressure.

How does my AirMan work?

How does my AirMan work?
For the steps of your AirMan, refer to the instructions included with the AirMan packaging. A typical sequence of steps for AirMan tyre repair solutions consists of:

Connect red sealant bottle hose to the tyre valve.

Connect compressor to the sealant bottle.

Connect compressor plug to the power.

Start engine and leave your car running during operation period.

Turn on the compressor. Watch for the sealant to be fully pumped into the tyre and observe tyre pressure gauge.

Continue tyre inflation (max. 30 min. operation) until you reach the desired tyre pressure.

Turn Switch off. Drive vehicle approx. 8km/5miles to ensure repair sealant is applied. Maximum speed 80 km/5miles to ensure repair sealant is applied. Maximum speed 80 km/h (50 mph).

How long does it take to fix a flat tyre with AirMan?

It depends on the size of the tyre and how much existing pressure remains in the tyre. A typical passenger care tyre will take approximately 3-4 minutes starting from a complete flat tyre.

In which instances can I use my AirMan tyre repair?

AirMan can be used in many instances regardless of outside temperature or the time of the day. With AirMan, you can repair punctures which are up to 10mm or 3/8" deep. AirMan can also be used for tyre pressure monitoring for optimal tyre care.

Is AirMan easy enough for anyone to use?

Yes, AirMan makes it easy for any person of any driving age, regardless of gender or physical ability to fix a flat tyre. It is an intuitive and safe alternative to changing spare tyres. Easy to follow instructions are provided with each AirMan product.

What do I need to do if the sealant comes out and does not fill the tyre?

Stop the operation by turning off AirMan and disconnect the bottle hose from the tyre valve. Wash off with water the tyre, rim and bottle opening and try the repair operation again. Do not exceed this operation for over 10 minutes. If the sealant has not fully dispensed into the tyre, then you should stop all operation and call for roadside assistance.

Do I need to call roadside assistance at any point in an event of a tyre problem?

You will need to call roadside assistance or completely change your tyre using the spare if the damage on the tyre is a sidewall puncture or if the tyre is cracked. In these situations, the tyre can never be repaired nor patched by a service tyre shop and unfortunately, these damages are not covered under the warranty of the tyre manufacturers. 

How far can I drive with a fixed AirMan tyre?

Up to 200 km or 125 miles to your home or next garage stop.

How fast can I drive with an AirMan repaired tyre?

Automotive industry recommendation: Maximum 80 km/h or 50 mph speed (same as for spare tyres).

How long will the AirMan fix last?

Up to 200km or 125 miles.

How strong is the sealant?

The AirMan particle gel technology sealant is approved and used by the automobile industry. It is an industrial strength product that gives you the advantage of a trustworthy repair while being water-based and safe for you, the environment, and your vehicle.

Is the sealant safe for my tyre if it gets in contact with the rim?

Yes, it is. AirMan sealant does not cause rust or corrosion on any type of rim or tyre.

Is the sealant safe?

The AirMan sealant is water soluble and not dangerous nor hazardous to humans in normal use, but should not be ingested in quantities or come in contact with eyes. It is a non-flammable and non-toxic product.

What are the recommended storage and operating temperatures for AirMan’s sealant?

Between -20°C and +60°C (-4°F to +140°F)

What is the sealant made of?

The AirMan sealant is a green recipe made up of microfibers and water.

What types of tyre punctures can AirMan fix?

AirMan can repair a thread puncture of up to 6 mm or 1/4” in size using a valve-through hard bottle sealant. Using a squeeze bottle with valve-out technology, you can fix punctures up to 10 mm or 3/8”.

When do I need to replace the tyre repaired by AirMan?

We recommend changing your repaired tyre before you reach 200 km or 125 miles driving limit. This is the maximum driving distance recommended by the automotive industry.