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Posted April 09, 2016 - 03:52 PM

First thing I would do is check to see if the beads are leaking! No sense for a tube if it's just a bead leak!


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Posted April 09, 2016 - 08:14 PM

instead of using screwdrivers to break the bead, I was told to use a piece of 2x6 cut on a diagonal.  The wood is unlikely to puncture the tire or scratch the rim.


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Posted April 09, 2016 - 08:50 PM

I once took a tire off the wheel that I had used slime in it. It was a big job to clean and learned I would never again use a product like that. Maybe there was something else that caused it, but it sure made a mess. I use a tube now to repair leaks. Gene
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Posted April 09, 2016 - 09:33 PM

First thing I would do is check to see if the beads are leaking! No sense for a tube if it's just a bead leak!


So just do the old submersion test?

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Posted April 09, 2016 - 09:54 PM

So just do the old submersion test? 

 

That works but so does a spray bottle with soapy water. 

If you decide to go with tubes be sure to check the inside of the tire for anything poking through that might damage the tube. Be careful that you don't get your hand poked. 


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Posted April 09, 2016 - 11:31 PM

That works but so does a spray bottle with soapy water.
If you decide to go with tubes be sure to check the inside of the tire for anything poking through that might damage the tube. Be careful that you don't get your hand poked.

That's one thing I'm afraid of... want to save the original equipment tires. I think I'm going to pull them off the rim to clean and inspect. Don't want to spend the money just to poke a hole in a new tube...

By the way, after some searching, I found an outfit in NJ that sells package tube deals. For my 210 it will run $52 with S&H.

So If I find that my leaks are from the bead, how do you fix that? Pull the tire and reinstall?

Edited by easternharvest, April 09, 2016 - 11:32 PM.

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Posted April 10, 2016 - 05:22 AM

That's one thing I'm afraid of... want to save the original equipment tires. I think I'm going to pull them off the rim to clean and inspect. Don't want to spend the money just to poke a hole in a new tube...

By the way, after some searching, I found an outfit in NJ that sells package tube deals. For my 210 it will run $52 with S&H.

So If I find that my leaks are from the bead, how do you fix that? Pull the tire and reinstall?

Sometimes, I can stop a bead leak by smacking the tire sidewall just above the bead. For persistent leaks, I break the bead loose and apply a good bead sealer.


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Posted April 10, 2016 - 06:16 AM

I once took a tire off the wheel that I had used slime in it. It was a big job to clean and learned I would never again use a product like that. Maybe there was something else that caused it, but it sure made a mess. I use a tube now to repair leaks. Gene

DITTO!!!

 

My neighbor bought a tractor that had every tire 'slimed' when he bought it..  If I could get my hands on that SOB that sold it to him I'd shake his hand with a hand full of it!!


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Posted April 10, 2016 - 08:36 AM

Sometimes, I can stop a bead leak by smacking the tire sidewall just above the bead. For persistent leaks, I break the bead loose and apply a good bead sealer.


Thanks KennyP... didn't even know they made that.
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Posted April 10, 2016 - 08:40 AM

DITTO!!!

My neighbor bought a tractor that had every tire 'slimed' when he bought it.. If I could get my hands on that SOB that sold it to him I'd shake his hand with a hand full of it!!

Yes, I'm definitely leaning away from the Slime. If your gonna do it.... do it right. Thanks for all that have added their perspective and advise.

Edited by easternharvest, April 10, 2016 - 08:40 AM.


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Posted April 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Guys, I'm old, and I worked in gas stations when they were service stations, one trick I learned very early on, put a just enough air in the tube so it isn't flat, it will go in and stay put way easier than a wrinkled up flat one will. Also make sure no plugs, screws, nails, etc..., are sticking through the tire, if any of the inner surface feels really rough, put a patch over it, it will save your tubes.


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Posted April 10, 2016 - 10:52 AM

Guys, I'm old, and I worked in gas stations when they were service stations, one trick I learned very early on, put a just enough air in the tube so it isn't flat, it will go in and stay put way easier than a wrinkled up flat one will. Also make sure no plugs, screws, nails, etc..., are sticking through the tire, if any of the inner surface feels really rough, put a patch over it, it will save your tubes.


Toppop, you're not old just "WISE"... Thanks for the tip

My dad used to own/run a Sunoco station back in the late 60's/early 70's. Much respect for the full service guys!
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Posted April 10, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Guys, I'm old, and I worked in gas stations when they were service stations, one trick I learned very early on, put a just enough air in the tube so it isn't flat, it will go in and stay put way easier than a wrinkled up flat one will. Also make sure no plugs, screws, nails, etc..., are sticking through the tire, if any of the inner surface feels really rough, put a patch over it, it will save your tubes.

 

 

To add to Toppop's post if you do find something in the tire, like a nail, seal the hole up before putting the tire back together.  The hole will pinch the tube and you will have another flat.


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Posted April 10, 2016 - 09:55 PM

Forgot to to say patch all holes, thanks for filling that in!

BTW, I'm 63, that's old to most.

Edited by toppop52, April 10, 2016 - 09:59 PM.

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Posted April 11, 2016 - 09:25 AM

BTW, I'm 63, that's old to most.

 

I have you bet by a few years, 66 so your a youngster!  :smilewink:


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