Today my wife called and said she had a flat on her car. Well at least the
weather was not bad. So I went to her and put on the spare dinky tire and
then followed her home. She had run into a pothole that was filled with w
ater and it had ruptured a spot on the sidewall.
So the logical thing to do would be to go to a tire store and get a new tir
e mounted. But the last time my wife bought tires she brought home two of
the old tires. And they were actually in good condition. Do not know why
she had gotten new tires, or for that matter why she brought two of the old
So I took the damaged tire off the rim. I used to have a bead breaker, but
that was one of the tools that did not make it across the country. Harbor
Freight has them on sale for $50. Such a deal. So I used a hydraulic ja
ck working against the trailer hitch to break the bead. Not the best tool,
but the tire was already junk.
So does anyone have a better idea for a bead breaker? I am thinking of be
ating a lawn mover blade into some sort of shape with some bits welded on t
hat I can use with a hydraulic jack . The bead breaker that I had took to
o much room to store. And it is not like I used it very often.
After the beads were broken I used large screw drivers to get the tire off
the rim. Here again there must be a better tool. But still a tool that do
es not take a lot of room to store. Any ideas? Large screw drives are a b
unch of work.
And after mounting the new old tire, there was the problem of getting the b
eads to seal. Several years ago, I watched a guy changing a truck tire. H
e had a service truck equipped to service large trucks. But he could not ge
t the new tire to seat on the rim. Finally he borrowed some starter fluid
and sprayed into the tire. Then stood back and threw a match at the tire.
Big poof and it was seated.
Me, I made a little tool instead. I connected a air quick disconnect to a
3/8 ball valve and then to a tire air chuck. I then removed the little bit
that acts to seal the air chuck when not being used. With the tire valve
core removed, I held the air chuck on the tire valve and opened the ball va
lve. And that worked. So I did not have to use starter fluid.
So what do you people use for tires. Inquiring minds want to know. I am s
ure most of you use the tire store, but some of you must live in the boon d
Oh yes, I used some spray vegetable oil on the tire bead and wheel rim. Li
ke PAM, but the cheap stuff from Walmart. Handy to have around. I use it
for anti spatter when welding and for general lubrication where I am not co
ncerned about it getting gummy. Also for snow shovels to keep snow from st
- posted 7 years ago