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Theres a Better Way

Reinflate Tubeless Tires on the Job Site

comments (9) November 12th, 2009 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

Video Length: 1:32
Produced by: Produced by: John Ross. Edited by Cari Delahanty

A flat tire on a wheelbarrow or hand truck is a frustrating slowdown on any job site, but it's all the more infuriating when you're dealing with tubeless tires. Instead of heading straight for a gas station to have someone else reinflate his rubber, reader Bruce Schwartz of Manchester, Maryland has a better way.

Using a small length of rope and a metal bar, Schwartz uses a Spanish windlass technique to draw the tire to the rim. This makes for an airtight seal that's ready for reinflation. Problem solved.

Thanks, Bruce. If you've got your own "Better Way" tip or technique, be sure to submit it to our reader tips gallery.


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Comments (9)

BronzeDesign BronzeDesign writes: Cudo's my friend!!

In our warehouse there's alway's "that two wheeler" that always needs a shot of air or a wheelchair down to the tire repair store. Thanks for the tip. I always have my morning coffee with you guys.
Posted: 11:09 am on February 22nd

berferdt berferdt writes: WD-40 lube the seating process, and will seat the bead like the starter fluid and match. Done Bobcat tires without any thing else. The guy I learned it from knew just how much to spray inside so he didn't need to augment with compressed air . . . he was good.
Posted: 11:32 am on November 26th

timothale timothale writes: I"ve seen the the tire repair guy use lighter fluid for equipment tires but that's dangerous. In cold weather the cold tire will cause the air to contract and the tire will pull back from the rim faster than you can put air in with a 1/4 inch hose thru the chuck and valve core. Remove the valve core and use the male air hose fitting so there is no air restriction then inflate the tire to seat the bead. Reinstall the core and if you don't have a tire chuck you can get air into the tire easily with 80 pounds of tank pressure using the hose fitting. When the backhoe gets a puncture we grab a gasoline powered compressor and head for the repair shop. when the tire starts getting low use the bucket and stabalizers to lift the wheel off the ground, inflate and go again. The tire guy likes being able to have the wheels off the ground.
Posted: 7:47 am on November 26th

tahoebuilder tahoebuilder writes: Most important, get a valve core removal tool for your toolbox. The air doesn't flow in nearly as fast with the core in place. If you have someone else to help, just remove the core, give the tire a bear hug or spread your hands and press inward to make the tire spread out and have your assistant put in the air. Takes only a few seconds and no other tools. The starter fluid guys are nuts and/or dangerous.

Posted: 12:12 am on November 26th

Gary_C Gary_C writes: I have found that for small tires - wheelbarrels, generator, etc., - I can just rap my belt around the tire and pull it tight while inflating. Same principle.
Posted: 10:30 pm on November 25th

Fredweiser Fredweiser writes:
Have I got a trick for you! I've tried all these remedies too but none beats the one I learned last year. Spray some starting fluid directly into the open tire by spraying around the wheel and directly into the tire. Stand back, throw in a match and BOOM - the blast expands the air and pushes the tire up onto the wheel and all you have to do is add some air from the compressor you probably already have on the job site. You don't even have to take the wheel off of the wheelbarrow. Magic!
Posted: 5:57 pm on November 25th

mudduk1333 mudduk1333 writes: Another trick for larger tires that also works here is to just remove the valve stem out of the tire and then also remove the inside of the tire chuck. Fill the tire with air set the bead and reinstall schrader valve in the valve stem. and your good to go.
Posted: 6:22 pm on November 23rd

Bcramer Bcramer writes: I've done the same thing using a ratchet tie down out of my truck tool box.

Posted: 1:25 am on November 20th

swdstmkr73 swdstmkr73 writes: a strong bungee cord works too.
Posted: 7:13 am on November 19th

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