Tire Repair Kit

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by zbartrout, Mar 17, 2018.

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  1. zbartrout

    zbartrout New Member

    We had our first (and hopefully last) flat on our Clarity PHEV last month. My wife had the car and used the tire repair kit (pump and sealant) to temporarily repair the damaged tire.
    The dealer told me that I needed to order an entirely new kit even though it appeared to me that just the sealant cartridge could be replaced. After some research I ordered the Slime 10179 refill kit from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07329WT8F/ref=sxts_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521277634&sr=1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65
    While looking almost identical, the knob and valve are slightly different shape. Easy fix was just to swap those parts with the ones on the used component and now it’s good as new. Highly recommend this solution. I actually think the OEM is a Honda branded Slime unit. Chemistry and test of parts seem identical.
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  3. bruinjacket

    bruinjacket New Member

    Did you have to fully replace the tire and TPMS?
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  4. K8QM

    K8QM Active Member

    I did notice that the Honda video says you only need the cartridge so you made the correct call.
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  5. Hobbesgsr

    Hobbesgsr Active Member

    The Clarity uses Honda Indirect TPMS which leverages the ABS wheel sensors to calculate the rotational difference between all 4 wheels to calculate if one tire has a different pressure than the rest. It doesn’t actually measure tire pressure and if all 4 tires are evenly under or over pressured it will not alert you.
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  6. bruinjacket

    bruinjacket New Member

    Thanks for the info! In that case you just take it to any tire shop after using the repair kit?
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  8. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the link. This should save all of us $. Wish this forum had stickies for posts as valuable as this one.
  9. megreyhair

    megreyhair Active Member

    The indirect TPMS would be quite useless if it can't truly monitor the tire pressure in the tires.
  10. zbartrout

    zbartrout New Member

    Yes. Not sure what was hit, but we had severe sidewall damage.

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  11. megreyhair

    megreyhair Active Member

    I think I would just get run-flats. You will lose some mileage but I think that would be better than filling the tire with sealant and all.
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  13. Just for those searching: No idea if Slime changed their parts, or they have >1 part with the same ID. I bought a 10179, and the container is a different shape than the Honda one--thinner and taller, and so (even with a swap of some parts) will not fit in the included pump. Guess I'm getting a can of fix-a-flat
  14. Not at all. The idea is to tell you “a” tire seems low, just not which one. Good enough most of the time - carry a tire pressure gauge and it’s trivially easy to determine the culprit. The upside is no sensors to go bad or get damaged.
  15. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member Subscriber

    I keep thinking that the TPMS system certainly must know which wheel is rotating at a different rate. Perhaps the system doesn't try to indicate which tire is low because it gets confused if 2 or more tires are low.
  16. It’s similar to the Sesame Street song, “One of these things is not like the other.” Big Bird knows the answer. You have to figure it out.

    Find a place to stop the car. Maybe it won’t be at night in a crappy part of town or on a cold rainy day. Grab the pressure gauge and circle the car, taking readings of all 4 tires. What? They’re all properly inflated?
    Better check again. Same result.

    Get back in the car, reset the system and continue on. This has only happed twice in 18 months. Great system Honda. Thanks.

    What’s next? The Low Fuel light coming on when the tank is full?

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