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 02-25-2005, 17:43 Post: 106808
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My right front R4 has developed a very slow leak, tends to draw down after about 3 weeks. What would be the best way to locate and repair it without removing the tire. Its darn cold out if you get my drift. I tried Slime, but either I didnt get enough in, or didnt drive fast enough for it to do any good.






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 02-25-2005, 20:08 Post: 106814
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I mix a good bit of sudsy dishsoap in warm water and slather it on the tire. When you see a bubble grow, you found the leak. It is hard to say how to fix it. It could be valve, valve stem, sidewall, or tread. Usually it is the tread and you can just plug it. I bought the professional plug kit like the garage has and have already bought a second supply of plugs. Only one in the tractor so far.






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 02-25-2005, 23:04 Post: 106822
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I have yet had Slime not work. The problem is you need to put the whole 16 ozs or more in and spin the tire as fast as possible to slosh it around. Chances are good if you donb't see anything and the slime didn't work it's your side wall. If you remove the tire ( I know you don't want to) and then put it down flat and let the slime slosh on the side walls it will seal them up. Try to soap to see where it bubbles up. If it's tasking this long it's the sidewall.

I used slime in a tube tire that was leaking from the valve stem. It is amazing stuff for low speed use. I put it in all my tires and forget about nails. The stuff works and it doesn't freeze. The "walmart" brand is 1/2 the price and works just as good.






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 02-28-2005, 09:14 Post: 106961
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Thanks, when the weather warms up to the point I can wash it down, I will take it off and check, right now its a mess from the manure pile and mud.






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 02-28-2005, 10:02 Post: 106966
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From the sounds of your slow leak it could very easily be the core in the stem. First, I'd try tightening it with a core tool. The easiest way a take a little spit and put it over the tip and see if it holds and stays in place. That's how country folk do it.






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 02-28-2005, 14:27 Post: 106978
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Core is fine, that was the first thing I checked, besides, the core needs to be removed to put in the slime. I probably didnt put enough slime in, it isnt leaking down as fast as before the slime, I'm just too lazy to rip the wheel off to do a dunk.






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 03-01-2005, 07:36 Post: 107016
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I only tried to use slime once and it didn't work either. I realize you had to take the core out to put the slime in. What I found was is the core was fine before I put the slime in, but afterward it seemed like the stuff got around the seat and caused a very minor leak. It sealed the major leak but still ended up with a slow leak. When I took it apart and put a new tire on, what a mess the slime is! Never again!!






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 03-01-2005, 07:47 Post: 107017
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Something else worth checking. I had a rim crack around the spot weld that held the wheel dish into the rim. Those slow ones can be frustrating. Frank.






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 03-01-2005, 07:54 Post: 107018
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I was in a tire shop one time when the owner was dismounting a tire with slime in it (not mine), lots of profanity suddenly erupted so I've never used it. Best of luck. Frank.






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 03-01-2005, 11:21 Post: 107030
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Sometimes shops will have a hourly surcharge if a tire has liquid sealer in it. It makes it extremely hard to fix properly. A repair plug or plug-patch won't stick to the tire very well. The liquid sealer will get into plys through the hole and is almost impossible to get out. Most of the time you have a tire plug that never vulcanizes to the surrounding tire rubber. I have worked on enough "slimed" tires to know I won't ever use the stuff unless it is the absolute last choice.






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