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Flat tire / broken bead...

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Shari, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Shari

    Shari Minister of Fire

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    So... went to organize the garage for winter and wanted to move out a spare riding lawn mower but a tire was flat. Hooked it up to the air compressor - no go, the bead was broken.

    Dang! I REALLY didn't want to take the tire in a shop for repair.....

    So now what........... :(

    Then I remembered something I'd read somewhere so I thought I'd gave it a try:

    1. Pulled the tire/rim from the mower (didn't have to do this but wanted to get the tire up on a workbench - easier to work on it. :) ).
    2. Mixed up a bit of liquid dishwashing soap & water (about 1/3 soap 2/3 water) & swabbed the bead of the tire and the rim.
    3. Wrapped a rope around the tread of the tire & tied a knot.
    4. Stuck a screw driver under the rope and twisted the rope around and around and around the screw driver. I twisted the rope until the tread collasped.
    5. Took a 3# hammer and coerced the side wall of the tire.
    6. Attached the compressor to the tire again and felt the air starting to flow into the tire.
    7. Untwisted the screw driver, removed rope, and filled the tire.

    Bingo! Good to go! :)
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  2. Gary_602z

    Gary_602z Minister of Fire

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    Ether and a lighter works also! I wouldn't recommend it but have seen it done.

    Gary
  3. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    Sorta like this:

  4. WellSeasoned

    WellSeasoned Guest

    A ratchet strap too. Good to go
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  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Go to the kitchen, get the can of Crisco and then fill the opening between the rim and the tire. Air it up. Works like a champ.
  6. jeromehdmc

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    I've used both the ratchet strap and the starting fluid methods. The strap is much better on my nerves.
    If you do decide to try the starting fluid way be sure to take out the valve core, if not you'll have a beaded tire but you'll have to break it back down to put a new valve stem in .

    Oh yea, way to use your noodle Shari, lots of folks out there wouldn't have figured it out.
  7. Shari

    Shari Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, I tried a ratchet strap first but:

    1. Strap was too wide.
    2. Tire tread was too narrow.

    :)
  8. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    excellent job, you have done this before............
  9. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

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    +1 on the ratchet strap. I had the issue on my tiller this spring and the ratchet strap worked perfectly for re-seating the tire.
  10. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    The few times this has happened to me I've just thunked the side wall a few times with a rubber mallet while filling it and it has worked.
  11. Ehouse

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    Lots of times, my small compressor won't have enough air pressure fast enough to seat the bead. I take the rim and tire off and bring it to the corner gas station (free air) , bingo!

    Ehouse
  12. Whitepine2

    Whitepine2 Burning Hunk

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    You might try putting some antifreeze in tire and it wont go flat.Just enough to cover the inside. You might try an air tank with about a 1"1/2 pipe outlet with a 1/4 turn valve fill with air and let it go at the bead usually this will set the tire on rim. I made one from an old air tank from truck equipped with air beaks,don't need it but a few times a year but works well
  13. Eatonpcat

    Eatonpcat Minister of Fire

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    Wish I would have read this before I replaced the tire on my tiler this spring!
  14. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Ratchet strap? I hate those things. I prefer motorcycle cinch-type straps for everything I need to secure...
    As far as seating a bead. I just use the belt off my pants. It's worked fine on both my wheelbarrow, my
    snowblower & my boat trailer. Just pull it tight like a strap wrench would. Once the soapy bead contacts
    the rim, it'll snap right into position from the air pressure...
  15. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    The Cheetah, the cat sass for truck tires. Not sure how well it would work on a mower tire, though. I have seated beads with every method you can imagine, and nothing works better.

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  16. lukem

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    It worked on one of my ATV tires the other day.
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  17. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    I've just stood on the tire after wetting it with soapy water and bounced while my son ran the compressor. It worked fine on my mower and trailer tires..

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