I have a Home Depot type of dolly that has a flat tire. Tried pumping air
into the valve... couldn't get any pressure in the tire. Doesn't seem to
have any nails in it. Couldn't see any tube inside either. Reminds me of a
regular car tire.
I know it sounds silly, but I thought of bringing it down to a tire shop and
having them look at it. Or, would I be better off taking off the wheel and
buying a new wheel/tire unit?
The tire thickness and wheel build is similar to that of a regular car tire.
Get the feeling I would need a special machine to take it off and put it
back on again.
If you can see that there is no tube in it, I would assume the tire is not
tight around the bead. You'll need to compress the tire by putting a band
(rope) around the circumference of the tire and tightening it until the tire
pushes out to the bead all around. Then when air is applied it should stay
in the tire until it is inflated. Of course, it you're using one of those
12v inflaters or a hand pump, you'll never get the air in fast enough to
inflate as the air will escape around the bead until it's inflated enough to
seal all around. I've found you have to check the air pressure regularly as
when it gets too low, the tire will separate from the bead and deflate.
Sometimes you can bounce the tire on the pavement, or hit the tread
with the blunt side of an axe, and the sides will pop into place well
to seal. If you wet it down with a hose, it will help......
Assuming you can put air in fast enough to make it tight for a
might THEN. let the air out (maintaining the seal) and use green slime.
It won't take much....
Andy in Eureka, Texas
As another poster pointed out, you've got to seal the tire against the rim
before it will hold enough air to allow inflation.
There are two fixes: (1) Monitor the tire(s) every week and keep them
inflated, or (2) Find an inner tube that will fit.
I tried getting the tire to bead against the rim with rope and bouncing.
Didn't have any luck. Without a high pressure pump is seems useless.
May try a tire place. Maybe they'll fix it cheap. Would rather go with
tubes. I noticed there are numbers inscribed on the sidewall. Maybe the
Internet or small engine repair shop will have them.
I'm curious where did you get your tubes?
Speciality tire places have tubes, like places that sell tires for lawn
there is also those cans of fix it flat, that seal as well as inflate.
I tried the sealing gunk, dont waste your money inner tube much better.
national tire shops wou;ldnt be able to help:(
Look for the local tire store that does farm and industrial tires- they'll
have the tubes. 15 years ago, I paid twenty bucks to have the local place
put real (non Chinese or Romanian) tubes in my 40-dollar hand truck. It was
worth it just to watch the 250 pound tire monkey working on the tiny things.
(Had to do it all by hand-way too small for the machine.) Anyway, I haven't
had any lost air since then, and the thing often sits for months at a time,
where it used to go flat in a couple of weeks.
That hand truck was the best 40+20 bucks I ever spent- saved my ass several
times. Much better than the fold-up junk at the home center.
replying to Charlie S., Curly wrote:
If tubes solve the problem... I have this problem with both my generator and my
dolly .... Then why don't they just put the frigen tubes inside the tires!!!!
Would save a lot if frustration for sure :-)))??
Charlie inquired about his dolly tire and to this I say:
I have seen small tires at H.D. and Northern Tool that are foam filled
for hand trucks,wheel barrows and other cart type units. They are not
cheap but no air=no flat tires.
Almost any small engine/lawn mower shop can put in tubes but Northern
or another equipment store( Fleet-Farm, Tractor Supply,etc.)well sell
them cheaper and installing them ,if you have A couple of tire spoons to
pull the tire bead off the rim, isn't rocket science.
If you want to try to get the beads reseated the air compressor at
your local gas station should have enough poop to pop your beads back
on. Make sure there is no rust or dirt on the rim or tire so the tire
bead seats with out leaking. I like to paint on A soap and water
solution around the tire beads just before I fill them with air. There
is A professional tire lube called Ru-Glide but it comes in gallon cans
that you mix with water. This will last you about 10 lifetimes if you
aren't A tire repair professional or A farmer that repairs his own
tires. and I don't even buy the stuff. When I ran out of the stuff A
half dozen years ago I started using Murphys Oil Soap and water. Works
I just looked up the foam filled tires in the Northern Tool catalog
and the 4:10/3:50-4" hand truck tire lists for$24.99 (Item #
189337-1605) A set probably runs more than your dolly cost new but you
would never worry about flat tires again.
On Sun, 18 Jun 2006 15:38:37 +0000, Charlie S. broke out their crayolas and
I had the same problem with a pneumatic tire on a yard wagon that didn't
have a tube in the tire. I removed the wheel and tire from the wagon.
Removed the bead of the tire on one side of the rim and stuffed the tire
with rags (old socks, scrap rags from the goodwill thrift store) until I
was "just" able to get tire remounted on the rim. This expanded the tire
enough to almost support the wagon empty and I was able to inflate the
tire. The rags being left inside the tire won't hurt a thing. I was able
to remove and reinstall the bead of the tire with some heavy duty screw
Wagon looks simular to this one.
If all suggested solutions do not result in an inflated tire, I recommend
just replacing it. Home
Depot carries universal nonflat replacement tires for $24.99. It replaces
several different sizes
including 4.10/3.5-4 with a 5/8" axle. The kit includes multiple spacers.
I used the old
retaining washer. I have 6 tires on various equipment that continually go
flat. I plan to replace
them all over time.
The rope idea just worked for me!!! I wrapped a woven flat belt-type thing, but
it was flexible enough to tighten with a tire iron. I turned on the little
portable compressor and kept tightening the woven belt. I watched the dial and
an amazing thing happened - it started to move up - the tire was holding air!!!
Thanks so much!! I hate bothering the guys at Discount Tire, and now I don't
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