Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowman, Mar 13, 2001.

  1. Mowman

    Mowman LawnSite Senior Member
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    Any of you guys/gals running tubes in your tires. On my Walker I have a slow leak and am wondering if a tube would be the answer or should I replace the tire itself? What would you all do? I believe the tires are orginal, 1993. They have good tread but are weather checked.
    Thanks for your advice.
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    I feel you are better off with tubeless. Find the source of the leak, if it's a small hole in the tread area, just fix it. If it's a rim leak, break the bead on the side it's leaking and I use the paste never seze grease (brush included) and brush it on the rim where the tire meets the rim. This works good.
  3. jdseven

    jdseven LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    I have a giant vac 36 and had the same problem I replaced the tube and that cured it. My mower is a 1996
  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    You said you replaced a tube, I can see this helping if the tube in it was leaking. Mowman is thinking of installing a tube in a tubeless tire, from what I read here. Doing this will stop the leak until you get a pin hole in the tube.
  5. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,913

    8 year old tires?? check it first to see the leak (dunk it in a tank of water) maybe the valve stem it bad ....but in any condition we have Slime (tire sealant) in ALL the tires ...I have a tube on one of my walker tires, but only because the rim has a little ding that won't let the bead seal .... on the front I replaced with solids
  6. jdseven

    jdseven LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    Eric I should have said I put tubes in tubeless tires sorry.The trouble I had was when the tire pressure was low in one tire my mower would track to that side.
  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    I also use the pink stuff in my tires.
    Cost 4 dollars per and eliminates most leak problems .
  8. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    I'm thinking of getting the foam put in the rear swival tires on my Walker. I keep getting thorns in them and it's causing the rear tires to leave crooked lines in my lawns. Has anyone tried the foam in rear tires?
  9. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    I bought a set of tires and rims for the back of my old Chopper 3 years ago. From at least 3 years ago on, DC has put sealant in the tires and they have never gone flat. My new one has it in all 4 tires, so I went all last season without a flat. I'm a believer in tire sealant.

    Anyone that gets 8 years out of tires is doing well. Either it doesn't get used much or you are easy on tires. I guess the back tires on my JD are almost 11 years old now. Come to think of it, I don't think they have sealer in them and they have never been flat. I can see a bunch of flat tires coming soon. :mad:
  10. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Check the valve stem. I had to replace 2 of them this year. You'll need a special tool ($2) to remove the valve. Then squirt some sealer in there.

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