Flat tire fix

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Oldpath05

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Well that's pretty good no flat tires in six plus years, so I might as well start an up to date flat tire thread. I've had around six flats in ten years, so this time after I hit something in a stump hole with front tire after getting a 4" stump out, I decided to try to fix it after taking it apart and see the patch that was put in last fall. They put in a 1"x 2" patch on a 1" cut, (the result of working around sharp rocks), anyhow I didn't think that size patch was sufficient.

The fix I did was first use my drill with a 4" coarse buffing wheel, 3" would've been better, then put some rubber gasket compound in cut, then double layer some Pro Flex caulking on outside of tire and let it sit above heat for 4 days, that stuff is still spongy after 6 days. I dont know if there's such a thing as tire glue or not but giving that stuff a go instead of relying on just a patch.

Now for the patch, I rebuffed lightly one more time, vacuumed. Then put Steelman glue on and let dry about 5 minutes, that glue drys fast. Then put a 3"x5"- 2-ply tire patch and roll the patch on according to instructions for a few minutes. That patch glue worked like a magnet, it immediately sucked the patch right on, dont make since to me to let glue dry first but thats what it said to do. I was going to use the Slime brand glue because it was a lot cheaper but online I couldn't tell if it was flammable or not, I clicked on Steelman glue and right up front on the label it said "Warning Extremely Flammable" even though it was 3 times more something inside me said Buy That One!!!!!!!!!!!

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   / Flat tire fix #2  
I had some bald front tires for awhile, and I was getting flats a lot. It got to the point where I could change the tire out, put on a patch and be running again in about half an hour. It was getting ridiculous, so I finally bought two front tires.

Now it is time for new rear tires.

I got a slow leak now on a rear tire now, so I just blow it up when I need my tractor as I do not want to remove the chains until Spring.

My rule of thumb is to patch once, then the next time replace the tube. But these tires are bald, so it is time to put new tires on.
 
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I had some bald front tires for awhile, and I was getting flats a lot. It got to the point where I could change the tire out, put on a patch and be running again in about half an hour. It was getting ridiculous, so I finally bought two front tires.

Now it is time for new rear tires.

I got a slow leak now on a rear tire now, so I just blow it up when I need my tractor as I do not want to remove the chains until Spring.

My rule of thumb is to patch once, then the next time replace the tube. But these tires are bald, so it is time to put new tires on.

Your tires must not be loaded, and good news spring starts at midnight tonight. I dont want to replace my front tires til the tread is almost gone or atleast two more years, I have enough patches to patch 9 more times because I couldn't no place online to sell just one or two patches, had to buy ten for $20.00.
 
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Your tires must not be loaded

No, it does not make much sense to load tires.

We used to, but it was one of those things where Grandfather did it, so we always thought it was the right thing to do, but it just does not make much sense when you really sit down and think about it. (The Laws of Physics in other words)

I also have a log loader so that make breaking down the tire pretty effortless. By standing the tire up, if I am careful I can grip the tire with my log loader and pinch both sides of the tire. Then pick the tire up a bit and rotate it, and do it again. After awhile you can break down the bead by going around the tire. I still have to pull the bead off the rim, but even then having the loader to help hold down the tire helps.
 
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Nice repair but saying that.........isn't the patch turned 90 deg the wrong way or am I reading that wrong? Maybe it doesn't make much difference on a slow speed tire............Mike
 
   / Flat tire fix #6  
Nice repair but saying that.........isn't the patch turned 90 deg the wrong way or am I reading that wrong? Maybe it doesn't make much difference on a slow speed tire............Mike

I don't think if it blows out he will crash , But a car tire at 80mph ouch Your reading it right should be turned 90 deg on a car tire.....
 
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K...wasn't trying to be an ***** LOL, just wondering if I was reading it right. Never know tho.....may be a racing tractor :) .............Mike
 
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A patch on the wrong way? I dont get it big Dan............. Where in Jimmy Crack Corn does that come from.......... As long as the tire patch isn't upside down what does it matter, the slit was 1" long so I put the patch in same orientation. I mostly went on how this guy did his unfortunate tire puncher.
How To Fix This - Patch A Tire - YouTube
 
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Look at the picture it shows < bead BEST bead >.....
 
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Ok now I see what your talking about. I didn't notice those arrows putting the patch on and I have no idea why those arrows are even there. I think it's another one of those things in my world that just dont make any since, why would anyone want to put a patch on a tire that is not in the same orientation as the cut.

The place that fixed my tire last fall put the patch on the same way, but it was only 1" x 2-1/2", this one is 3"x 5" and is two ply. So if I get two years out of this red neck fix I be satisfied, but if not I can patch it 9 more times the wrong way.
 
 
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