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Lawn Tractor Tire
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Lawn Man    Posted 08-05-2003 at 08:43:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got a new tire for my lawn tractor. Does anyone have any tricks to get it aired up? It just will not seal. It is the correct tire but being new it is too stiff to make it seal at all points at the same time. Frustrating!!! HELP.

buck    Posted 08-05-2003 at 19:14:13       [Reply]  [No Email]

When the band around the tire and alot of air just aren't quite getting the job done add this trick. Soak a piece of rope in water to get it very flexible and place a loop between the tire bead and the rim and then air up the tire. After airing up the tire slowly release pressure untill rope can be pulled out. I have used this trick without the band around the tire.

screaminghollow    Posted 08-05-2003 at 18:31:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Next time, measure the diameter of the tire. Tie a loop in a piece of 1/4 or 3/8 inch rope so it fits around the diameter of the tire. slip a broom stick between the tire and the rope and rotate the stick like a tournequet (sp?). Then , having your compressor fully pressured up, blow the thing up. Trying to use one of them little 12 volt gizmo's is a lost cause on trying to fill out a beat to the seat. You need some immediate umph.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 08-05-2003 at 17:40:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
All good advice below, but after everything else fails, go to Wally World, get the inner tube and you will have zero heartburn forever after.

Hal/WA    Posted 08-05-2003 at 13:59:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are difficult! I have had some luck tying heavy wire around the outside of the tire and then tightening the wire by twisting it with a pair of pliers. When the tread is squished in a ways, it forces the sidewalls out so the beads meet the wheel rim. I agree that it works better to just use a quick disconnect coupler to the valve stem, rather than using a chuck. Once the tire has some air in it and the beads are seated on the rim, the wire needs to be cut. Be careful, as the wire may spring off with considerable force.

Another good idea is to add Slime or a similar product as soon as you get the tire mounted successfully. That will take care of any bead leaks and will make it an almost puncture-proof tire. Good luck.

Lawnman - Thanks    Posted 08-05-2003 at 13:11:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I tried most of the advice given, except for the starter fluid trick!!! Ended up taking it in to the service station and they had just as much trouble as I did so I didn't feel too bad. They ended up tubing it after 3 guys had worked on it for 1/2 an hour or so. I think if I had the time the "tire spreader" would do the trick. Thanks everybody.
P.S. The guys at the service station said they had more trouble with the small tires than the car and truck tires!!

Wisereader    Posted 08-05-2003 at 12:38:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I concur with Salmoneye: Tube it. I bought a new Cub Cadet this spring and the left front tire went flat after about a month. Called dealer and he told me that they just tube most of them right away now, even before sold (Why mine apparently wasn't...).

max    Posted 08-05-2003 at 11:32:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lawn Man you need a tire spreader or make one.
A good method is to cut some 2x4's to a length a couple inches wider than the rim, stick 3 of them in the tire, where the rim would be, set in the sun for a few hours until it widens the tire, then use some dishsoap around the bead.

MikeH-Tx    Posted 08-05-2003 at 10:47:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've had them so stubborn that I've taken them to a tire
shop and paid $5 apiece to mount them. Particularly if it is
cool outside. However, ususally, I can do it.

First, don't try mounting it until it is very warm, mid
afternoon and leave the tire in the sun all morning. Don't
try it if it is on the mower with a flat tire and the bottom
squashed. Jack it up and leave it overnight until it is round
again, or better, remove it.

Use a rope loosely tied around the middle of the tire tread.
Use a 1x2 or some pvc or a large screwdriver to turn the
rope and tighten it until the tire squishes and is much
closer to seating on the rim.

Set one side so it is in the seated position. Use a garden
hose to run water over the other side while someone is
forcing air into the tire. The water will resist the air
escaping and allow more air pressure to build up.

One or all of these usually works for me. I also really like
the idea of removing the valve core and using the quick
coupler directly on the valve stem. I gotta try that next

Farmer Gene (WI)    Posted 08-05-2003 at 09:53:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
A trick I learned is to take the valve core out, then don't use the air chuck, use the hose with just the quick coupler, put it over the valve stem an push. Usually airs up even the most stubborn ones.

Ron/PA    Posted 08-05-2003 at 09:18:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, what LH said, Try to dry seat it on one side or the other, then lube the other side, and wrap something around it like a belt and squeeze it so it gets wider and comes close to seating. Taking the valve stem out is a big help, provided your air chuck will dump air without the stem to trigger it.
There's an old trick with starting fluid, and a match,,, however I ain't talkin...
Good luck,
PS, LH, about this process of mounting a tire without insurance,, should we or not??
See ya,

LH    Posted 08-05-2003 at 11:56:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
What insurance? ;-)

C Kulig    Posted 08-05-2003 at 13:13:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

Salmoneye    Posted 08-05-2003 at 09:10:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tube it...


Cindi    Posted 08-05-2003 at 10:20:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very handy hint there salmoneye, I didn't know you could do that until this year.

Salmoneye    Posted 08-05-2003 at 10:34:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got sick of tires that would not seat...No matter how tight the belt was or how many hands I had...

Cindi    Posted 08-05-2003 at 10:49:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was complaining of the cost of new tires and my neighbor...'helped me' again,....God love him.

"Go gethca a tube girl."

"I can do that?" Yeehaw!

LH    Posted 08-05-2003 at 08:53:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Use some soap and water to lubricate the rim so the tire will slide out and the bead will seat easier. put a belt or band around the center of the tire and crank it down to force the sidewalls out. Remove the valve core when inflating so the air can go in faster and seat the bead. Just be careful not to overinflate.

E in Alabama    Posted 09-09-2004 at 10:47:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Desperate to get flat rear tire OFF an old craftsman lawn tractor.. the tractor was given to us a gift.. have no manual, or special tools.. any help/instruction would be so darn appreciated!

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