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ostara81


Joined: Dec 6, 2006
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Snowthrower tubeless tires have gone flat!!
Original Message   Dec 6, 2006 6:53 pm
Please help. I am a new homeowner with a new problem for me. After storing my snowthrower for the winter the tubeless tires have gone flat and come partially off the rim. I cannot figure out how to seat them back so that they will hold air. I've tried oiling the bead and pulling a roap tightly aroung the circumferance of the tire, close but no cigar. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Tommorrow is the second heavy snowfall and I am late in getting this problem resolved. Sears wants to send the machine one state away to fix it, but I told them that it's snowing here!! My driveway is 100' long and I also have 36' plus of walkways.
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emathey


Joined: Dec 16, 2007
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Re: Snowthrower tubeless tires have gone flat!!
Reply #4   Dec 16, 2007 3:25 pm
Today my husband and I discovered this wonderful site by putting in the above stated problem.    Instead of the extension cord we used a piece of plastic clothesline. My husband pulled the line around the tire (using a glove so he wouldn't cut his hand) and I applied the nozzle of the air compressor.  It worked like a charm!!!  Thanks!!!
borat


Joined: Nov 10, 2007
Points: 2692

Re: Snowthrower tubeless tires have gone flat!!
Reply #5   Dec 16, 2007 3:37 pm
I had a similar problem.  I took the snow thrower outside, squirted a few dashes of lighter fluid into the tire and a little onto the driveway beside the wheel then threw a lit match onto the fluid on the driveway.  It ignited the fluid inside the tire and popped that tire back onto the rim instantly.   It's not a process I'd recommend for everyone but it worked for me.   Too cold up here to be playing with ropes. 
nibbler


Joined: Mar 5, 2004
Points: 745

Re: Snowthrower tubeless tires have gone flat!!
Reply #6   Dec 18, 2007 12:15 pm
Air leakage can be due to a hole in th tire but is usually due to corrosion on the rim. Tir rim sealant is supposed to help but it didn't in my case. I ended up getting a new inner tube.
borat


Joined: Nov 10, 2007
Points: 2692

Re: Snowthrower tubeless tires have gone flat!!
Reply #7   Dec 18, 2007 1:04 pm
About ten years ago, I had a tire that wouldn't hold air on my old Craftsman.  I lined the bead with silicon.  Never leaked again.    
oyugay


Joined: Dec 18, 2007
Points: 2

Re: Snowthrower tubeless tires have gone flat!!
Reply #8   Dec 18, 2007 6:26 pm
sorry i have the same problem but i dont understand how you guys fixed it, can you guys explain it plz? thanks!
borat


Joined: Nov 10, 2007
Points: 2692

Re: Snowthrower tubeless tires have gone flat!!
Reply #9   Dec 18, 2007 7:02 pm
oyugay wrote:
sorry i have the same problem but i dont understand how you guys fixed it, can you guys explain it plz? thanks!


Separate tire bead from rim.  Apply liberal coat of silicon on both beads.   Re-inflate tire. 

If the tire still leaks, check your tire for holes and check the valve and valve stem.  If it still leaks,  Take the wheel off, inflate it with at least 20 psi and submerge the whole wheel in water.  Look for bubbles.  Find the source of bubbles then proceed toward fixing the problem.  You may even have a defective rim.  The submersion leak test will let you know if you do.  

kman9152


Joined: Dec 28, 2010
Points: 1

Re: Snowthrower tubeless tires have gone flat!!
Reply #10   Dec 28, 2010 3:50 pm
thanks for info about using an extention cord. I used one of those self ratcheting nylon strap downs and was able to do it  myself. i just put the nylon strap around the center of the tire and ratched it snug and put the air in.
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mml4


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Joined: Dec 31, 2003
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Re: Snowthrower tubeless tires have gone flat!!
Reply #11   Dec 28, 2010 4:22 pm
borat wrote:
I had a similar problem.  I took the snow thrower outside, squirted a few dashes of lighter fluid into the tire and a little onto the driveway beside the wheel then threw a lit match onto the fluid on the driveway.  It ignited the fluid inside the tire and popped that tire back onto the rim instantly.   It's not a process I'd recommend for everyone but it worked for me.   Too cold up here to be playing with ropes. 


I've seen that technique used by Surf Fisherman that have broken the bead on their tire due to airing down too much. They used starting fluid (ether). It worked but not for the faint of heart.

Marc  

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shiva916


Location: Massachusetts
Joined: Nov 13, 2010
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Re: Snowthrower tubeless tires have gone flat!!
Reply #12   Dec 28, 2010 7:15 pm
I had this problem before as well with my old blower and found that I could never get the ratchet strap tight enought (small 4" rim). to get the bead to seat right. I found that tying a sturdy piece of rope or strap and tying a simple knot, then use a long socket extension (sub any long piece of metal) to twist it like a tourniquet could get it tighter and allow the bead to seat with little problem. Once the bead seats just untwist it and good to go. Just an idea for people looking for another method, much easier than pulling on ropes, or fussing with ratchet straps.
New_Yorker


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Re: Snowthrower tubeless tires have gone flat!!
Reply #13   Dec 29, 2010 11:33 am
At this point I have the following implements that all require air in tires :  A Wheelbarrow, A four wheel cart that can be a handtruck, a John Deere Lawn Tractor, a Little Wonder three wheeled Leaf Blower, a Jeep SUV and a Toyota Prius, so I also own a Campbell-Hausfeld air compressor with two tires of its own.  The air compressor helps clean these machines of leaves, dust etc. without wetting them each time, the tires are checked on the Jeep and Prius once a month, and the tires on the rest as they are needed.   The compressor is about 10 years old, and it is a very useful device.  Just putting air in the tires of a car can be difficult because so many gas stations have inoperable air hoses, air pumps, and chanrge for their use.  How many of you check the 'Donut Spare' tire under the trunk floor ?  Alomost nobody because you have to empty all that junk in thebtrunk just to get to the tire you'll wish you'd maintained if you ever have a flat tire.  I clean out and vacuum the trunk twice a year, and because I can roll my air compressor right up to it, the spare gets its obilgatory 60 PSi of air replenished.  Uses for a personal air compressor are numerous, and easy to fund, once you have one that's handy.
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