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06-04-2011, 12:25 PM #1
- Join Date
- Nov 2003
- Central Michigan
- 4210 MFWD Ehydro--'89 JD 318
Cheap and efficient tire bead breaker
Well, maybe I shouldn't say "cheap" because I used the receiver hitch on a $25,000 truck for this method. But it works great.
I needed to replace a leaking valve stem on my car wheel, it's a 15 mile round trip to the nearest tire place. Decided to try to pop the bead myself.
First, mark the tire and rim so you don't need to have them rebalanced. I put an old hitch bar in the back receiver of my truck, laid the tire and rim on the floor, then placed a section of 2X4 atop the tire bead, and used a bottle jack between hitch bar and 2X4.
WARNING: Be sure the metal base on the jack WILL NOT hit the wheel rim when you are doing this...my car wheels would cost $150 USED to replace if bent. While extending the jack, you can also stand atop the 2X4 if it is long enough, your weight will help loosen the bead. I only needed to loosen the bead on the outer side of the rim to replace the valve stem, so it was easy to reseat it using only a small electric air compressor.
I don't know how well this method would work with a lightweight truck though.Always be willing to admit your shortcomings, there is no shame in not knowing how to do something. The shame is in NOT admitting you don't know how to do it.
If you have a small truck, limit yourself to small loads, if you want to carry the big stuff, get a big truck.
Never be ashamed of making a mistake. The only people who never (bleep) up are people who never try to do something new.