Clare, Xeno.... and anyone else who has actually mounted tires at home...
this is a question simply to hone my skills, based on your experience.
Did you ever have a batch that just wouldn't seal after the final bead?
o How did you prevent that from happening?
o If it did happen, why did it happen, and, more importantly,
o What TOOL do I need to get to solve this problem without helpers?
As you are well aware, everyone around me burns through tires due to the
artificially high steering-induced positive camber causing camber scrub on
the inside edge of the front wheels due to steep long windy hilly mountain
one-lane asphalt roads:
, as you are aware, I patchplug my own tires, as needed, since they getpunctured usually about once or twice per set per lifetime of that set. buy whatever tools I need to mount tires at home, such as this HF beadbreaker:
, I admit, sucks - particularly on the larger stiffer light trucktires, but, with a few slight modifications (such as the long board you seein this picture to "extend" the base - it works well enough such that injust a minute or two all the beads I've ever attempted have been broken: the past, you helped me with the various little-known tricks of thetrade, such as the use of dish detergent and water to lubricate the bead you helped me understand the 'drop center' where there are about adozen such tricks that are needed to more easily break and mount the sixbeads overall for each tire, before you seal it with the air pressure. indispensable trick Clare patiently explained is the clear distinctionbetween the "yellow" dot and "red" dot for steel wheels which have long agolost their match-mounting marks: , another bit of useful advice that the experts know is which tirevalves are best, where I'm slowly using up my supply of the rubber ones sothat I can go to the bolt on ones in the future exclusively: time, taking in all this advice, I've successfully mounted & balancedalmost two score tires at home, as witnessed by this pile being just therecent trash that I need to drop off at Costco at $1 per tire, plus tax. I must say, they balanced BEAUTIFULLY (better than ever before!): yet - even after about 40 tires under my belt in the past few years, I_still_ occasionally get a stubber set of tires - like this last batch -which just wouldn't seat for the final pressurization stage after all sixbeads were mounted. problem was, without TWO HELPERS!, I couldn't seal the final bead forthe life of me to pressurize the tire - which was a new problem for me. else was easy - but I couldn't get the air to stay inside! , I had to use 2 additional helpers just to squish the tireenough that I could get the bead to hold air for that critical first fewseconds (and yes, the schrader valve was removed where I used the sameequipment I've always used on these same sized passenger truck tires).
The only thing I did differently with this set of passenger truck tires was
that they were stored on their treads for about half a year, since I bought
two sets of the same tires, on sale, so I stored them.
Only after I pondered WHY was this one set so difficult to get the bead to
seat did I wonder if they're supposed to be stored 'flat' and if that made
Did you ever have a set of tires that just wouldn't easily seal?
Two questions arise if you have experience with this specific problem.
1. What additional tools do I need to purchase?
2. What trick can I do to make it easier to seal the beads?
- posted 10 months ago