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The front tires are no longer sealed in the rim and won":t hold air.

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Cleaning the sealing surface on the rim and cleaning the tire bead and then applying dish soap to the tire bead and rim and inflating the tire can solve this issue.

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Have a 2009 Malibu, tires are excellent condition. warning light came on "low air right front tire, put air in and week goes by and comes on again, we take it to Sears to check it and also rotate the...


Either someone is letting the air out of your tire or it has a leak. Obviously the shops you have taken it to are incompetent if they can't find a leak. A good shop will submerge the tire and rim in a vat of water and look for air bubbles. If you have alloy rims, occasionally the rim may have "porosity" where the air bleeds out thru the center of the rim between the tire beads. A good rim shop will have sealant that is sprayed or brushed on the rim center to seal it.

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Seal bead on flat tire to refill with air


Most lawn tractor tires are now tubeless and when they go flat the seal of the tire bead and rim are lost. It is very difficult to restore the seal in order to refill the tire and determine what caused the flat. Here is my tip to seal the bead, & fill the tire, without having to remove the wheel from the tractor. Wrap a length of heavy rope, or a fabric hold down strap centered around the outer circumference of the tire tread and secure with minimum slack. Place a bar, long box wrench etc. between the rope and tire and turn in whatever direction you choose keeping the ends of bar above the rope. As you turn the rope will begin to twist and cinch and collapse the center of the tire causing the bead to evenly seal against the rim.
Add air until you feel pressure building then back off cinch as you fill until you are sure bead will hold on its own. This works great on wheel barrow tires as well.
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air it up and spray it down with mild soap and water mixture (gallon of water with a teaspoon of dish soap mixed in). where it bubbles is your leak. spray whole tire (tread and sidewall), the edge of wheel where tire bead is seated to it and the valve stem. If there is one or 2 leaks on tread, you can plug with automotive tire plugs. More than that and you should buy a tube.

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Rubber has toughened and can't seal around the rim. Get you some corn oil and a rag and wipe the tires along the insides and let it sit for a few hours. Then rinse off with some dish washing liquid detergent. Then push down on top of the tire so that the sides will press against the inside rim and form a good seal. Then apply air from an air hose and see if that don't help. You can avoid airing the tires every season if you install the no flat all rubber tires with no innertube tires. You can find them at the local hardware store.

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I assume you are referring to the caster tire, not the drive tire. You will need to check to see if the rim is a split-rim or a solid rim. A split-rim will have 4 or more bolts holding the two halves of the rim together. If you have flat-free tires i.e., foam-filled solid tires, evidenced by the lack of a valve stem which is used to inflate non-flat-free tires (pneumatic), you would remove the wheel from the caster by rermoving the center bolt acting as the axle. Then remove the bolts holding the rims together. Reposition tire on top of one of the rim halves, then place the other rim half on top so that the bolt holes in the top one line up with the holes in the bottom one. You need to buy a couple of bolts that are about 3/4 in or more longer than the bolts that you removed, as you now must press the two halves back together and the stock bolts probably won't reach through. Put the two longer bolts in opposite of each other in two holes and tighten down. When the rims are pressed together, then put the stock bolts in, remove the two longer ones and replace with stock bolts. Place wheel back on the caster. If you have pneumatic tires (requiring air), make sure to always deflate the tire completely before attempting to loosen the bolts holding the rim-halves together. The same process is used for drive tire replacement. If the rims are not split rims, then it is easiest to buy an entire new wheel and tire as getting it back on is quite a chore requiring a press and lots of tequila! It's easy to break the rims. Good luck.

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hello...is the tire loose but still on the rim...the sidewalls no longer engage the rim tight to hold air but still aroung the rim loose....If that's the case, get a jack, can of fix a flat, and a small ratcheting hold down strap.....jact the tire off the ground.....wrap the strap around the tire and ratchet it tight to get the beads of the tire to touch the rim....then commect the fix a flat or, if you have ,,,air from compressor to inflate the tire,,,,might have to work it a little to get the tire to reseat on the rim....this should work for you....once the tire is seated on the rim....stop inflating the tire until you remove the strap or you migh have a problem getting it to release from the tire if fully inflated....

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Find someone with a racheting cargo strap. Jack up the mower (put a stand under it) and place the strap in the center of the tire and tighten it up...the tire side walls will push out againts the wheel and you should be able to get it to seal and hold air.

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Every other week i'm getting flat tyres very unexpectedly. The tyre pressure warning light comes on but instantly the tyre is completely flat. Apparently its due to corrosion of alloy rims, how can i get...


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A temporary workaround/remedy is to put innertube inside the tire. Even if the alloy rims could not longer provide a good air tight seal, the inner tube would still hold the air. You may need to specify the tire size and width. Additionally, you may want to ask your tireman to likewise install a buffer of some sort between the innertube and the alloy rim. This is to prevent the any sharp portion of the corroded alloy rim puncturing the inner tube. Some local tiremen use a cutoff/old inner tubre as buffer.

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