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    Default The best way to fix this (censored) slow leak

    My JD has original front tires, turf tread on a 14 inch rim...and although the tread is fine on both, one of them has a slow leak in the tread right inside the outer tread edge...the tire has not been punctured but is leaking because of a thin spot in the carcass, I have put two plugs in the area but it still leaks about 1 -2 psi per hour. I have never used any type of tire sealant but am considering using it to stop the leak rather than take it to a shop for dismounting and a patch on the inside. The label on Slime brand sealant says the sealant remains liquid and I would try using it, but what if it doesn't stop the leak, would the stuff cause any complications? Thanks for any input and advice.

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    Default Re: The best way to fix this (censored) slow leak

    The slime is supposed to be changed after a year, I think it says on the label. It can also lead to corrosion of the rims.

    There is aan aircraft product, that doesn't have the water component, so should not lead to corrosion.

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    I just put retread aircraft tires on the front of my JD 1050. With 26 plies on these babies, I should be laughing at the mesquite thorns now!
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    Default Re: The best way to fix this (censored) slow leak

    Put a tube in it.
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    Default Re: The best way to fix this (censored) slow leak

    I agree, put a tube in it. If it is leaking through the sidewall, it will just start somewhere else, if you fix this one. I never found the tire sealer goop to work well on a slow moving vehicle. By the way, if both front tires are the same age, put a tube in the other one, too.

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    Default Re: The best way to fix this (censored) slow leak

    I have used the Berryman's with good results on thorn punctures in tires. But I am also of the opinion that a tube might be the easiest and most permanent fix.

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    Default Re: The best way to fix this (censored) slow leak

    I had a tube put in one of mine last summer. It didn't last a day, before leaking again. While I am not opposed to tubes in some instances, with the use my rig gets, they are not worth the money spent on them.
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    Default Re: The best way to fix this (censored) slow leak

    Quote Originally Posted by msb1766 View Post
    Put a tube in it.
    I appreciate the advice about using a tube but I mentioned in the original post that I don't want to go thru the headache of dismounting the tire or having a shop do it. There are a huge number of things around my property that will puncture tires and tubes, thorn bushes, old nails long since buried, etc. Both front tires have been plugged at least half a dozen times each and to add a tube to either would just create a lot more work the next time I get a puncture. What I want is a GOOD quality tire sealant that will last and not cause any corrosion.

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    Default Re: The best way to fix this (censored) slow leak

    Can't help on any particular sealant to use, but I have been astounded on the abuse that a foam filled tire can take. I have seen tires where the lugs have been ripped clean off and the operator continues on full guns.

    If you have lots of tread left, you might consider.

    I think that when I replace my tractors tires; I am very tempted to go down that road.

    Just some food for thought.

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    Default Re: The best way to fix this (censored) slow leak

    I have had real good luck with linseed oil. It can be found in hardware stores, in metal containers. Take the air out of the tire, pour in the linseed oil, shake it well, then air it up.

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