The 2020 Ford Explorer will offer tires that fix themselves. This self-sealing tires allow drivers to keep travelling after a puncture, in some cases continuing for days without a repair. In the event of a puncture, tire-pressure warnings will alert the driver of a gradual loss of air pressure days after the incident.
The concept of self-sealing tires have been around for years, but recent improvements have finally made them possible. The all-new Ford Explorer is available with new Michelin® Selfseal tires lined with an environmentally friendly rubber sealant designed to fill most common tread punctures from nails and screws, dramatically slowing the rate at which air leaks. The tires, supplied by Michelin will also be available on the Chevrolet Bolt.
“It’s important to remember self-sealing tires are not run-flat tires, and run-flat tires are not self-sealing tires,” says Woody Rogers, Director of Information for Online Retailer, the Tire Rack. “Conventional and self-sealing tires go flat without air, and the self-sealing tire works to hold in all that precious air by sealing a tread area injury. But if the puncture hole is too large, or the damage is in the sidewall, then self-sealing tires don’t solve the problem. Michelin’s tires can theoretically keep going for days, though they will eventually need to be repaired or replaced, depending on how severely the puncture damaged the tire.
The tires will be standard on the 2020 Explorer Limited hybrid and Platinum models and optional on the Explorer Limited.