How to find a hole or leak in a tire?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeKle, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    I have a tire that has a slow leak or a hole somewhere and I cannot find it. Is there anyway to find the hole. I remember we used to put bike tires in a tub of water and the leak would be visible by the bubbles coming from it. I wonder if something like that would work on bigger tires without an innertube?
  2. jhawk60

    jhawk60 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 241

    Fill the tire with air, lay it on the ground, and cover it with soapy water. You will see the leak.

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,002

    Yep! Both will work! I had 3 tires leaking on my LT, and 1 leaking on my ztr. Slime took care of all of them!

  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I find those dollar store bottles of Windex extremely handy for this,
    no it isn't actually Windex but whatever their brand name is,
    anyhow works good on car / truck tires also.

    Not to mention, of course, cleaning windows.
  5. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Same here....thats how I find them
  6. clinicalengineer

    clinicalengineer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I just put slime in my equipment with tires. It tends to seal up all of those little annoying pin hole leaks. I know it won't fix all leaks, but it is a quick fix for the tire that ends up needing filled everyday.
  7. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    Fix a flat
  8. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    I had a few small leaks on my turf tracer, so finally having enough of dealing with that in the off season I sent my tires to be Foam filled it cost me $52 per tire but it is Foam filled never go flat and the tire still has give to it so its not a rough ride. Just my 2 cents

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