Right front tire was flat in early summer. Tractor had been used 10
days earlier, no problem, and tires were checked for air 20 days
earlier, normal pressure.
So I inflated the flat while the wheel/tire were still on the tractor,
and for the last three months, no problem. Pressure has not dropped.
QUESTION: What happened? I shouldn't complain, but have you ever
heard of a tire that was "healed" merely by re-inflating it?? Thanks
Several things could have happened. You had a leak at the bead, and
repositioning it solved the problem. Your valve had a piece of debris in
its seat, and blowing air into the tire blew away that piece of debris. Or
it was a plain miracle. Contact the Vatican immediately.
Ayup. A tire valve tool is a must for any serious handyman, and something
very indispensable. It will chase the threads both inside and out, has a
stem remover, too. Lots of times when people see mine, they ask, "What is
Now, if I could just FIND the damn thing when I need it!
I bought a solid rubber spongy one at a yard sale for fifty cents. It
hasn't gone flat YET.
If anyone DOES buy a solid rubber tire, please be advised that there are
soft ones and hard ones. Wheelbarrow tires with tubes or tubeless are a
PITA. Solid is the way to go.
And, there are tire shops who for a few bucks will "fill" a pneumatic
tubed or tubeless tire with a foam material which won't go flat even if
you drive it over a spike sticking up out of the blacktop.
You are right, but not for a few bucks. A wheelbarrow tire
treated with polyurethane foam is about $45. It is actually sold
by the pound. A Kubota tractor driver tire (big) runs around
$500. Worth every penny compared to down time out in the
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
- Or really new. I got tired of the tubless tire on my wheelbarrow
- so I put a $2.50 tube in it. Hasn't gone flat in two years.
My son bought a small trailer at Harbor Fright (boo!) to tow behind
his mower to do neighborhood lawn work. We took the front wheels/tires
off an old rider and modified the trailer so they fit. With the
trailer tires matching the front tires of the mower, it looks so much
better than the narrow wheels that came with the trailer. Both tires
were flat so we added tubes and haven't had a flat in 4 years.
Any day you get to use a grinder with your teenage son is a good day.
Slime doesn't work as it only cover the low areas inside the tire and not
anywhere near the sidewalls or the bead. Plus it doesn't really seal the
tires long term as it ooze out in time. Others may have better luck but
that's my experience.
My bead leak was caused by corrosion in the rim. Used a wire brush on an
angle grinder then follow by a good primer. Seems to work - three weeks now
and holding. Oh yes, had to remove all that slime in the tire first.
on 10/2/2007 9:10 AM ** Frank ** said the following:
My wheel barrow tire would go flat every other week. I got tired of
putting air in every time I wanted to use it, so I cleaned the rim off
and caulked the beads of the tire with silicon. That was last year. It's
still fully inflated.
BS. Slime and the pink stuff i use work just fine on bead leaks. It all
depends on how much you put in there. Although even a small amount will
coat the entire inside of the tire AND rim.
I usually put enough in my tires to amount to the solution being about 2"
Not to argue with you, I have the super duty tubeless Slime and this is what
is printed on the package "SLiME will not seal sidewall punctures and should
not be use with faulty valves or damaged rims."
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