Tire Tricks

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Auchan, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. Auchan

    Auchan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I normally don't mess with tires. I'd rather slime most leaks and wait till I'm in the shop for other service. (Yes I apologize for it, the stuff is NASTY).

    Replacing a 20" x 8" tire (old one had a sidewall puncture), here is my dumb question -- how do I get the new tire to seal to the rim when it is decidedly limp. I've used vasalene before to help seal smaller tires. Yes, it works, and has allowed 'field repairs.' Is it bad for the tire? I don't know.

    It's a rain day and I was trying to do it on the mower. Have done it successfully before with smaller tires (and a bit of vasalene) but this one has me stumped. I'm ready to go buy a tube...

    Any suggestions?
  2. themowerman

    themowerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 298

    I have used a ratchet strap around the circumference of the tire and sinched it up so the two beads come close to seating then apply air. Be careful not to use too much air and watch out for a breaking strap.
  3. Auchan

    Auchan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks, that sounds like my next try, THEN I'll try the BIG compressor down at the Coop.

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