New 2020 Ford Explorer Self-Sealing Tires Are Designed to Prevent Flat Fire Fiascos


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If you have a tendency to get flat tires frequently, you might consider an all-new 2020 Ford Explorer. Higher end trims will be outfitted with new self-sealing tires.

Made by Michelin, the Selfseal tires have a rubber sealant designed to fill the most common tread punctures from nails and screws and thus dramatically slow down air leaks. Ford hopes they will help commuters and vacationers avoid getting stuck on the side of the road or even the loss of vehicle control that can come with an unwanted flat..

“Nothing derails a family vacation like a flat tire,” said Joseph Billman, Ford wheel and tire engineer. “Explorer is the ultimate road trip family hauler – and it’s the perfect fit for these new Michelin Selfseal tires.”

How The Tires Work

If a nail or screw punctures a Selfseal tire and remains in place, the sealant surrounds the object to help seal the puncture and avoid air loss. If the object punctures the tire and comes back out, the sealant is designed to fill tread punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter.

The sealant is designed to enable drivers to continue their journey uninterrupted. If a tread puncture or low pressure is detected, the tire should be inspected and repaired by a qualified tire professional.

Ford says the tires seal 90 percent of tread punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter, slowing the loss of air pressure to less than 15 pounds per square inch per week. Results are based on Michelin internal analytical testing so actual results may vary.

2020 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is the first SUV in the world to offer Michelin Selfseal tires, which are standard on Explorer Platinum and Explorer Limited Hybrid four-wheel-drive models, and optional on Explorer Limited two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models. Tire size for all models is 255/55R-20.

“The all-new Explorer is designed to help our customers feel unstoppable and worry-free,” said Craig Patterson, Explorer marketing manager. “The availability of these new Michelin Selfseal tires is another great example of that.”

All Explorer models are equipped with a spare tire.

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