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On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:57:05 AM UTC-7, Robert Macy wrote:

Actually, ether isn't used to "inflate" tires, it is sprayed into the flat tire and then exploded to blow the tire onto the rim so it _can_ be inflated.
Harry K
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On Monday, March 17, 2014 8:47:28 AM UTC-5, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Flash Point (°F) Ethyl Ether     -49 degrees Fahrenheit
Rather dangerous. :-)
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On 3/18/2014 10:57 AM, RobertMacy wrote:

I can't believe the number of responses that talk about inflating tires with ether. The ether is used to seat the tire on the bead. If you've ever had truck or equipment tires you already know that air often will not/cannot seat the bead enough to be able to inflate the tire. Heavy tires that are not seated keep letting the air out around the perimeter and even very large compressors with massive air volume can't get them to seat. There are belts and air bombs like Cheetah to try to force the beads out to the rim, but it is not rare to resort to the ether method to seat the beads. The ether is NOT used to inflate the tire, just seat the beads.
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