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Lesson Learned - Do Not Put Too Much Air Pressure In Old Tires


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#1 sacsr OFFLINE  

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 07:14 AM

Well after splitting the front tires on two old GT....you would think my brain would kick in and tell me to keep the air pressure at minimum and not over inflate.

Went out to start getting the bush hogs of the trailer and the front tire on one was flat and split. (of course it is the one turned sideways on the trailer and will area be hard to get off with out this new development)

when I put air in them it was dark and I just "filled them up"......the surprise was yesterday afternoon when I saw one of the front tires was flat and split.......

For newbies like me....keep the air in these old tires to a minimum to avoid this result. Most of the time it is 7-9 lbs I believe.....

Anybody else got any tips on what not to do with these GT's?

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 07:47 AM

Don't take them to the scrap yard. :bigrofl:
Move them about to turn the tires once in a while.

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 07:51 AM

Don't take them to the scrap yard. :bigrofl:
Move them about to turn the tires once in a while.


Kenny that first one should be a LAW!!

Good idea on the second one.

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 08:14 AM

Sorry to hear about the tire. Can't keep them forever I guess.

Dad has "a couple" of old MH tractors on his property. Some of them have savable engines, so two or 3 times a year, I go on a walkabout with a crank in my hand and give them a couple of turns, check the exhaust rain cover and pat their fenders.

We'll probably never get around to restoring these units, but at least the next guy won't have a seized engine to deal with.

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 08:30 AM

Kenny that first one should be a LAW!!





Yes,I would agree with that one.

Edited by mjodrey, February 19, 2012 - 08:30 AM.

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 08:42 AM

Lucky the tire didn't blow while airing it up, that would have left a mess in your draws LOL.

It doesn't take much air pressure in them and if they are a higher ply tire you can get by with even less since they are a stiffer tire. I keep a decent amount of air in most of my front tires to make it easier to steer but my rear tires usually only have around 8 psi.

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 11:08 AM

When I bought my John Deere B it came with a JD trailer plow with flat 16" rubber tires that had been sitting for a long time. I brought along a portable air tank when my son and I picked it up. I was suprised that the tires held air, at first. When we were winching it onto the trailer the tire I was leaning over let go, it sounded like a shotgun blast. I think I pee'd a little.
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Posted February 19, 2012 - 11:35 AM

Here's a picture of one tire I had, ready to blow.
masseys 087.jpg

At the tire shop where we get tires for the trucks, when the air up the tire on the rim they put it inside a cage.
They say sometimes the tire blows out the sidewall, they call it a "Zipper Rip"
Probably happens more on used tires.

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 12:33 PM

Doug

Here's a picture of one tire I had, ready to blow.


Now that's a "Maypop" if I've ever seen one.

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 01:51 PM

When I bought my John Deere B it came with a JD trailer plow with flat 16" rubber tires that had been sitting for a long time. I brought along a portable air tank when my son and I picked it up. I was suprised that the tires held air, at first. When we were winching it onto the trailer the tire I was leaning over let go, it sounded like a shotgun blast. I think I pee'd a little.

You may not believe this, but three years ago the same thing happened when I got my 40 JD B. Sorry to say I know I did! LOL Shawn

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 02:27 PM

one time i had some old bald golf cart ties hanging around on rims. i filled them to 80 PSI and threw em in the burning barrel. it shook the shed i was hiding in 50 feet away. fun fun fun

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 03:10 PM

Now might be a good time to remind everyone of the danger of split rims. We are on a job site now recovering tires and I was amazed at how many of the guys didn't know about split rims. Decided to grab one with an excavator and gave it a little squeeze...I think they understand the hazards now.

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 04:37 PM

You mean the split rings or the 2 piece wheel?

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 08:06 PM

It happens with new stuff also.My mother in laws hubby was filling up his snowblower tire last year.It might be 3yrs old now.He was using a foot pump and was around 5 psi he wanted 8 and the plastic wheel exploded..8 stitches later he was home again.It got his hand pretty good.After that i started wearing gloves to help protect just in case of a blow out.

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Posted February 20, 2012 - 05:25 AM

Split rings. Nasty critters.




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