Talk of the Town:
Can You Patch a Tire Sidewall?
Another great discussion from the Tractor Talk Discussion Forum.
The discussion started out with the following post:
"Has anyone attempted (or succesfully) glued or bolted a patch to the
tires' sidewall. I cannot afford a tire right now but have some horse
stall mat material and could buy some glue. I could use some advice on
what glue I might try or if this is a stupid idea.
What followed are some interesting replies:
I doubt if any type of glue would be satisfactory for sidewall damage. The flexing of the sidewall would soon loosen it or tend to rupture and separate next to the solid patch. If the puncture is not too large, you may want to consider putting in a boot. A boot is simply a large piece of rubber material that lies inside of the tire along the damaged area from bead to bead. It prevents foreign material from entering the tire and eventually destroying the tube. They are not intended for large diameter punctures or for tears in a sidewall. A boot may prolong the use of the tire for awhile but if you are using it often and heavily it may not be worth the cost of dismounting and mounting the tire. Chances are it will be looking for a used tire or bucking up to buy that new one.
Yes, it can in most cases be fixed, it's worth a try. Give Gemplers a call. (They have an internet address I believe it is www.gemplers.com) Someone their should be able to fix you up with the correct sidewall boot to fix the tire.
There is a place here in Texas called tire welders. They will fix almost anything. You can try to find a place like this near you.
In my experience (no tractor tires yet, only truck tires knock on wood) sidewall punctures up to 1/2 inch can be fixed with a single patch while cuts and rips to about an inch can be double or triple patched. I ran a truck tire on reservation backroads and hiways for about 15,000 miles before the patch bulged. It didn't give but I gave up on the tire. The principal here used to run a tire service and sez that he has run six inch patches on tractor tires when a replacement would take a few days to arrive. He says to watch for tears along the seams or along the lugs. Practically 3/4 - 1 inch is the biggest he'd recommend. Hope this helps.
A Goodyear dealer in our area vulcanizes sidewalls. They grind out the rubber inside and out down to the nylon fabric several inches wider than the cut then add several layers of rubber coated nylon fabric like the plys used to build a tire. The tire is placed in a special heated press and cooked under pressure for several hours. I had a 18.4x38 with 2 cuts a 3 inch and a 4 inch cut repaired for $75. We have one tire that was patched 6 years ago and still no problem.
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