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    Question 318 wheel rims, issues with leaks

    I have run into a problem with my 318 and its rear tires. When I bought the tractor, I noticed a leak in the right rear tire. It was slow and I had to add air about twice a month. So I just lived with it. I noticed the the leak was getting worse. When I decided to fix it, I found a hole in the tread that was minor, so I tried to break the bead but could not. I took it to a tire shop and they patched the tire for me. When I got home the tire would still go soft. I checked and the leak was around the rim both on the inner and outer rim. I took it back to the tire person and they tried again and told me that the rim or the tire was bad. It still leaks. The rim does not look bad, nor does the tire. I have never had to replace either a tire or rim on any of my tractors before. Do these rims have a problem with sealing tires? Is the best option to put a tube in the tire? Size is 23 x 10.5 x 12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MassMark View Post
    I have run into a problem with my 318 and its rear tires. When I bought the tractor, I noticed a leak in the right rear tire. It was slow and I had to add air about twice a month. So I just lived with it. I noticed the the leak was getting worse. When I decided to fix it, I found a hole in the tread that was minor, so I tried to break the bead but could not. I took it to a tire shop and they patched the tire for me. When I got home the tire would still go soft. I checked and the leak was around the rim both on the inner and outer rim. I took it back to the tire person and they tried again and told me that the rim or the tire was bad. It still leaks. The rim does not look bad, nor does the tire. I have never had to replace either a tire or rim on any of my tractors before. Do these rims have a problem with sealing tires? Is the best option to put a tube in the tire? Size is 23 x 10.5 x 12.
    In my experience, tubes are the way to go. Especially with tires that run fairly low air pressures. Rears on my 318 both have tubes.
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    If have dealt with similar situations a few times, and ended up installing tubes.
    It almost seems as the tires age and get stiff, the beads don't seal well to the rim. I'm sure the lower air pressure used is a factor also.

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    Part of the problem Mark is the low operating tire pressure. 8-10 PSI is not enough pressure to hold the tire against the rim. I know I will get people disputing this but I agree with Joshua tubes is the way to go.
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    I have this issue with one of the rear tires on my 110. I sanded and painted the rims before putting new tires on so I know the rim surface is smooth. The original weather checked tires that I replaced had no issues holding air. But one tire always has to be aired up about once a month. Tried two new valve stems also and it still does it.
    I think a tube is the only thing that will probably fix it.
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    Put some slime in the tires.
    Stuff works great for slow leaks.

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    I have used slime on my JD 300 tires. It works. Also used it in my trailer tires.

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    I read someplace if the tires & rims are in good shape apply a thin amount of silicone calking around the rim before setting the bead.

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    Mark, I don't have any hands on experience with Slime, but I've read that it will rust/rot the rims. Quit screwing with it and put tubes in!

    If you can't remove tire, take it to a tire shop to remove tire. Bring tire & rim home, wire brush rim and run hands CAREFULLY over all surfaces inside of rim, looking/feeling for sharp areas. Sand/grind smooth if found, prime & paint. Return rim to tire shop and install tube. You won't have to mess with it again until tires are totally worn out!

    I don't know why people are SO resistant to installing tubes! Bob
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