How do I fix a tire with a hole in it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CFB, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. CFB

    CFB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    Started leaking a couple weaks ago and now it is out of control so I need to fix it. I've never had to do it before and I don't even know how to take the tire off. I considered just taking the whole mower down to the tire shop and hope they would help me out but I would like to be able to learn how to do it.
  2. CFB

    CFB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    Oh and it is a Bobcat WB if that matters. Thanks.
  3. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    Undo the lugnuts, take the wheel and tire to a local tire shop (pref. not Wallyworld), then they can fix it and deal with remounting it, that is a major PITA to do on small tires.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Plug it with a plug it works.
  5. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    I always just put a tire plug in mine. The few times I have had to do it, it has worked. I have some plugs that are over 2 years old and still holding.
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    Pluging the tire is a quick and usually effective way to repair a tire. A standard plug kit will run you between $5-10 at walmart, pepboys or autozone.

    DOLMARatOS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 173

    Tire slime is a GOOD thing. We slime ALL commercial tires as a precaution and if the hole is really large we will plug them also.

    Tire slime will fix a 3/16" hole....that's like shooting your tire with a .22 cal pistol.
  8. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,396

    if its in the tread plug it...if its in the sidewall you need a new tire, or a tube
  9. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Yep, if it's in the tread, use a plug kit. Cheap, and you don't have to remove the wheel or the tire.
  10. KeepOnCuttin

    KeepOnCuttin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    If you have some downtime take it to a big name tire shop, they will use a plug/patch combo and apply in from the inside so it never comes out. Otherwise slap a cheapo plug in it and cross your fingers..

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