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I got slimed
#1378667 Sun Sep 27 2020 02:35 PM
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To be more accurate I did the sliming. The left front caster tire on my Hustler got a chrome headed tack in it somehow and wouldn't hold air. I got tired of having to air it up before every mowing and didn't want to pay someone to fix the flat (yes, I'm cheap). I did some checking and Slime has really good reviews on mower tires so I tried it. Easy to do and so far holding air.


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Re: I got slimed
Tiny #1378673 Sun Sep 27 2020 03:41 PM
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The next guy to dismount the tire will call you lots of not so friendly names. It’ll work fine for a couple of years. When it starts leaking again buy a plug kit at the flaps or Wally World. Takes less time than putting in Slime.


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Re: I got slimed
Tiny #1378679 Sun Sep 27 2020 04:38 PM
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Just last week I had to put a tube in the left front tire of my Cub Cadet. For 5 or more years I have been using Fix a Flat, Slime and another no-name brand flat fixer to just get by for "one more cut". Well, the leak had finally gotten so bad that I had to start parking the mower with that tire on cardboard to keep from messing up my floor. Then I had to start doubling up the cardboard and finally had to put plywood under that. When it got to the point where I couldn't finish mowing without stopping to add air, I had no choice but to remove the tire and add a tube.

What a stinking mess! I will never do that again. What should have been a 15-20 minute job took me over 3 hours (mostly because I was trying to contain the mess). I had the best luck with "Fix a Flat", and it did work well, but next time I'll just do it the correct way as it was never a permanent repair.

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When it starts leaking again buy a plug kit at the flaps or Wally World. Takes less time than putting in Slime.

As I was cleaning up the mess, I was thinking that I should have done just that in the very beginning.

John


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Re: I got slimed
Tiny #1378680 Sun Sep 27 2020 04:46 PM
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The problem with putting in a plug is I removed the tack without marking the spot first. Then it was impossible to see. As for fix a flat, reviews on line say it rusts the rim. If I pick up another it'll be a different fix.


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Re: I got slimed
Tiny #1378686 Sun Sep 27 2020 05:21 PM
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The problem with putting in a plug is I removed the tack without marking the spot first.

Try applying soapy water and 20-25 lbs of air. Yes, my rim was rusty inside, but not enough to cause any problems.

FYI: I have two other tires on another mower that I also put Fix a Flat in a few years ago. It's too late now. I'll just deal with the mess when the time comes.

John


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Re: I got slimed
Tiny #1378739 Mon Sep 28 2020 01:44 AM
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Tire plugging kit works good!
If you know how to use one.

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Re: I got slimed
Tiny #1378742 Mon Sep 28 2020 02:08 AM
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The problem with chemical patches like Slime and Fix a Flat is that they permanently alter the chemical makeup of the inner liner of the tire. Once it's inside the tire, it creates a surface layer that no patch or plug that I know of will stick to. I've attempted to fix numerous tires (and tubes) that have been exposed to those chemicals, and the patches just won't bond! Don't ever use the stuff unless it's a dire emergency, and you plan to trash the tire once you rescue yourself from the flat!
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Re: I got slimed
Tiny #1378764 Mon Sep 28 2020 10:13 AM
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One of the young guys was using the fix-a-flat in a can on his trailer and I told him to just remember that a life sentence to an eighty three year old is not much of a threat so if I found the nasty stuff on my nice Coats tire machine his family would have to make funeral arrangements.


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Re: I got slimed
Tiny #1378765 Mon Sep 28 2020 10:40 AM
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Re: I got slimed
Tiny #1378773 Mon Sep 28 2020 01:05 PM
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On point Jerry. My plan is to use the tire until it's not serviceable, cut the tire off the rim and clean the rim myself, then have a new tire put on.


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