Snowblower tires


G

GoHabsGo

My snowblower tires are too soft. I try pumping them up with
my bicycle pump but they seem to stay at the same level. Are they
losing air around the rim? How can I get them to hold air?

Thanks,

Larry
 
Ad

Advertisements

G

GoHabsGo

How old are they? I just replaced mine this year because the side walls
were weather cracked and leaking air. I could have put a tube in but the
tires would have split in time. New ones are $17.00 each from Northern
tools. The new tires should last another 30 years.
About 5 years old, give or take a year. There are no sidewall cracks in
mine.
 
H

Harry K

About 5 years old, give or take a year.  There are no sidewall cracks in
mine.
I don't fool with them, the first time one of my mower/blower/trailer
tires goes down, it gets a tube and that ends the problem.

Harry K
 
D

dpb

GoHabsGo said:
About 5 years old, give or take a year. There are no sidewall cracks in
mine.
That should say "no _visible_ sidewall cracks".

As somebody else noted, dunk 'em and see where the leak(s) are and go
from there. Tubes/foam/repair are all possible solutions but also as
noted it's quite possible simply new tires are as cheap a solution as
any of the above. But, w/o knowing what is the actual source of the
leak and condition of the tires, specifics aren't possible.

The generality that a bicycle pump is an inadequate air supply for most
other tires owing to them being for lower volume is another good
observation. It's quite possible you simply haven't put enough air into
them to make any discernible difference.
 
J

Jules

Remove the wheels from the blower and dunk them under water to find
the leaks. Or pour soapy water on the rim with the wheel horizontal
and look for bubbles. If they are leaking from the rims you can push
the tire away from the rim, clean the rim surface with some emery
cloth and refill the tire pushing in from the tread as needed to
reseat the tire bead into the rim.
And if you have a ratchet strap it sometimes helps to do this up tightly
around the tire's perimeter in the middle, as it helps the bead seat a
better as the tire's inflated.

If the snowblower is old and is anything like my ancient lawn tractor,
getting the wheel *off* in the first place might be an art in itself... :)
(one of my lawn tractor ones leaks over a few weeks, but the wheel's
jammed solid on the axle so I just live with it)
 
B

Bob F

GoHabsGo said:
My snowblower tires are too soft. I try pumping them up with
my bicycle pump but they seem to stay at the same level. Are they
losing air around the rim? How can I get them to hold air?
Try filling them with a compressor - go to a gas station or something. A bicycle
pump doesn't supply enough volume to seat the beads if they leak much.
 
Ad

Advertisements

S

Stormin Mormon

Kind of hard to diagnose over the internet. I'd guess that
rim leaks are very common.

The old country wisdom is to break down the tire, and then
sand the rim to remove rust. Apply lots of axle grease to
the rim, and blow the tire back up.

--
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
www.lds.org
..


My snowblower tires are too soft. I try pumping them up
with
my bicycle pump but they seem to stay at the same level.
Are they
losing air around the rim? How can I get them to hold air?

Thanks,

Larry
 
S

Stormin Mormon

The tire places use some kind of slimy soapy solution. Only
old farmers I've known use grease. I expect you're correct.

--
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
www.lds.org
..


message

Not axle grease, that eats the rubber.Soapy water allows the
bead to
slide up against the rim tightly.
 
S

Stormin Mormon

Glad to hear that something out there works.

--
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
www.lds.org
..


message

Try some Rust Buster PB penetrating catalyst on the axle.
Apply it every
day for a week and the wheel will come off easily.
 
T

Tony

Oyabun said:
Remove the wheels from the blower and dunk them under water to find
the leaks. Or pour soapy water on the rim with the wheel horizontal
and look for bubbles. If they are leaking from the rims you can push
the tire away from the rim, clean the rim surface with some emery
cloth and refill the tire pushing in from the tread as needed to
reseat the tire bead into the rim. All this would be kind of hard to
do though if you just have a bicycle pump but it can be done.
Yes it can be done. I did it with a stubborn car tire when I was about
11 years old. I amazed my father and he told everyone about it. :)
Oh, and no I didn't use ether or anything similar.
 
T

Tony

Van said:
Not axle grease, that eats the rubber.Soapy water allows the bead to
slide up against the rim tightly.
I've used motor oil with good results. Can't say it isn't harmful,
maybe I just wore out the tires before the oil harmed the tires? On a
trip 300 miles from home with a flat on a small trailer tire I found
that GoJo not only makes a good bead seal, but also helps clean your
hands! (I was lucky there was a Tractor Supply store within a mile of
my blowout.) Oh and no I had never seated those original tires.
 
Ad

Advertisements

J

JIMMIE

Remove the wheels from the blower and dunk them under water to find
the leaks. Or pour soapy water on the rim with the wheel horizontal
and look for bubbles. If they are leaking from the rims you can push
the tire away from the rim, clean the rim surface with some emery
cloth and refill the tire pushing in from the tread as needed to
reseat the tire bead into the rim.  All this would be kind of hard to
do though if you just have a bicycle pump but it can be done. Or you
could just remove the wheels and take them to a local tire shop. I've
seen them work on small wheels before. Can also take them to a
place who works on garden tractors and mowers.
Also bicycle pumps are low volume high pressure pumps. You can pump
yourself sick and may not notice much change. Dosent help if the pump
is bad either.


Jimmie
 
C

clare

Not axle grease, that eats the rubber.Soapy water allows the bead to
slide up against the rim tightly.
No, the grease will soften the rubber bead enough to allow it to
conform to the pitted rim, and will also keep the rim from rusting
again. The tires are synthetic rebber and "fairly" resistant to oil
damage.

Soap does nothing beyond making the tire and rim slippery - does not
help the seal, or prevent further rust.

A good tubless tire rim sealer is better than grease, but there are a
lot of them out there that do NOT protect against rust - so you have
to do the job over again next year (water based latex products)
 
S

Smitty Two

GoHabsGo said:
My snowblower tires are too soft. I try pumping them up with
my bicycle pump but they seem to stay at the same level. Are they
losing air around the rim? How can I get them to hold air?

Thanks,

Larry
If you live where it's cold enough to snow, then it's cold enough to
freeze water. Just fill the tires with water instead of air, and they'll
be hard by morning.
 
Ad

Advertisements

G

GoHabsGo

If you live where it's cold enough to snow, then it's cold enough to
freeze water. Just fill the tires with water instead of air, and they'll
be hard by morning.
I can't get my pump to blow water in, besides, my snowblower stays in the
garage where it rarely freezes.
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Similar Threads

Maintenance-Free Tires ? Filling Tires ? 3
Snowblower 0
Snowblowers 10
Snowblower..... 3
Snowblowers 8
Tires Plus 8
Wagon Tires? 3
tires in storage 26

Top