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Unread 03-11-2019, 09:05 PM   #1
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I know this subject has come up here before but still wanted to ask.

Anyone had any success on sealing a small leak on sidewalls of tires?

My cart has 22 x 11 x 10 mud grips on it. The tires look new but two of them got small leaks on the sidewalls .

I could order tubes but before I do just wanted to make sure something had not come I don't know about.

I always hated taking a tire off the rim that someone before me put some sort of sealer in. I also hate flats
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Unread 03-11-2019, 09:19 PM   #2
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how big is the hole?

Get some vulcanizer, most auto parts stores carry it. Also get a tire patch big enough to fit it, and bead sealer.

grind the inside of the tire where the cut is, and clean it with alcohol. use the vulcanizer and let it dry until it's tacky. apply the patch, and use a wire brush to "set" the patch. let it dry for about an hour or so, then use bead sealer and glob it on over the entire patch and all.

If that doesn't fix it, chances are the tire can't be saved. As long as it's a relatively small hole/puncture, you'll probably be fine. IF it's a slash that's an inch or longer, it may hold up depending on exactly WHERE the hole is. If it's a part of the sidewall that flexes a lot, and it's a big slash, it may not hold up and you'll need a tube or new tire. IF it's a smaller hole and/or in a spot that doesn't bend/flex a lot, it'll probably work just fine.

I hate working on tires too. No problem tearing into an engine, electrical, even doing body work or paint. But I've always hated tire work... necessary evil, i guess.
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Unread 03-11-2019, 09:23 PM   #3
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CP241, tiny . It will just show up only when you put soap bubbles on it. It will take several days to leak and yes I hate tires. I have in the past installed tubes to fix this problem but wanted to ask if anything new was out there. I used to be the tire man in my dad's shop ugh That was almost 50 years ago
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Unread 03-11-2019, 09:44 PM   #4
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The patch should take care of it then.

Green slime stuff works well, and is WAY less messier than fix-a-flat when you eventually go to replace the tire. But if you don't mind just pulling the tire off the rim to start with, that's probably the better method for a long term fix. The vulcanizing liquid makes a huge difference between the patch working or failing.

If you can find the patch-plugs, those work the best. You'll have to drill out the hole like you would for a regular plug, but then pull the plug through from the inside out. the patch is part of the plug at the bottom so it's all one piece. I've used a TON of these and never had one fail. The patch will last longer than the tire. https://www.ebay.com/i/131672889882?chn=ps
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Unread 03-11-2019, 10:23 PM   #5
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. I really don't want to make the sidewall holes any larger. It is very tiny now and takes days to leak down. I have used the Slime when I worked at a golf course. I didn't like it and it made a mess. Amazon sells this TireJect Tire Sealant Kit


and it has really good reviews.



This workhorse is going to be used by my wife at our home this summer. She knows how to air up tires and could fix a flat if she had to, well probably not but she has been around a shop helping me for many years. The lady can outwork me.
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Unread 03-12-2019, 08:17 AM   #6
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lol

Understand not wanting to drill it out any bigger, but that would eliminate any issues with sidewall flex unseating the patch. But if the hole is that small, then just a patch on the inside should take care of it no problem. On my old honda rancher I had a 1" slice in the sidewall from a fence or something I hit, that I fixed with a regular patch on the inside. It never leaked again.
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Unread 03-12-2019, 06:48 PM   #7
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if you have seepage through the sidewall either tube it or replace it, spent many years working on carts at a golf course. if it is seeping now from one place it will soon be seeping from other places, just seems to work that way, I have one apart I am tubing right now, tire looks brand new but if you submerge it in bubble water it gets little fuzzies in all kinds of places.
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Unread 03-12-2019, 07:45 PM   #8
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I have been using Green Slime for over 20+ years. We used in the Real John Deer Tractors and never had a FLAT. I have used in in my golf cart tires for about 10 years never a problem. Make sure you use the tire one for the tires or the tube one for the ones if you have tube in it, as the tire one will EAT a tube up.
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