Repairs often have to wait until the vehicle can be towed or moved to a garage. When a permanent repair can’t be made right away, it’s important to do what you can to temporarily stop the leak.
Temporary Patches to Plug Vehicle Leaks
Plug-N-Seal Patching Paste can be used to patch small leaks temporarily. This patch can last up to two hours, depending on the size and location of the hole. No surface preparation or mixing is required for this product. Just apply a generous amount of Plug-N-Seal to the leak. Apply additional Plug-N-Seal to the perimeter of the initial patch to extend the longevity of the patch.
If you’re dealing with slightly larger leaks or holes, Multi-Purpose Epoxy Putty can be used as a semi‑permanent patch and will last several days until a permanent repair can be made. Once fully cured, it can withstand a small amount of head-pressure.
Containment for Vehicle Fluids
When a vehicle has a catastrophic leak, absorbents and patches may not be the best option. It’s good to have some form of containment on hand. Portable Spill Containment Pools are compact for storage in tight spaces. They can be easily deployed under a vehicle leak to contain the liquid during the response process. The containment has a foam ring that rises with the spilled liquid. These are offered in 20, 66, 100, 150, 250 and 400-gallon sizes.
Vehicle Spill Kits
Another way to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for on-the-road spills is to carry a truck spill kit in your vehicle. These kits range in size, content and container type. Duffel bag kits are compact and can be stored in cabin compartments and small areas. Bucket and chest kits have a higher absorbency but take up more space. These are typically stored in the bed of a truck. Spill kits offer all the products needed for spill response all in one convenient place.
A vehicle leak can wreak havoc by contaminating soil and water, staining paved surfaces and harming local wildlife. Use these tips and products to help reduce the damage caused by a vehicle leak.