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Old 11-17-2019, 10:50 PM
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Wood between bead and wheel rim seat

Was wheeling today and inadvertently went down a double black trail--heard some bangs I didn't love and inspected my rig at the end of that particular trail. Dinged my rear rim (mildly...I'll have to consider it patina) but found a some wood wedged as described in the title (pic attached). It is losing a tiny bit of air but I made it home no problem. And I have a spare and could have swapped it out if needed. But if my spare wasn't there, how does one "fix" this on the trail. I assume let the air out, break the bead there and pull the wood out--but I don't really know how to do that, or what tool/tools I would need.

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.

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Easiest way to fix it is to fill the tire with air and drive down to Discount Tire and they will fix it for FREE.
They fix tires for free even if you did not buy them there.
They hope that when the time comes to get new ones you will come back and buy them there

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I bought this whole setup recently from Discount. They have been very good to me. And that is exactly what I will do. My question is what if I was in the middle of nowhere and had to sort it myself.
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I'd just pull out what I could with a pair of needlenose pliers, and add air from my CO2 tank if it was losing enough to matter. The bead can easily be broken with a hi-lift jack if you needed to do that, and CO2 is great for reseating beads.

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Done that many times. Jack up the wheel and let all the air out. With out the weight of the jeep on it, the bead didn't unseat. Then just used a really small flat head screwdriver and dig it all out. Reinflate and go.
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I'd just pull out what I could with a pair of needlenose pliers, and add air from my CO2 tank if it was loosing enough to matter. The bead can easily be broken with a hi-lift jack if you needed to do that, and CO2 is great for reseating beads.

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Thanks. I have a CO2 tank and tools, and I can see that working well.
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my local tire guy didn't even charge me to fix mine when I did that. However Not hard to do yourself either as noted.
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While I have never had to reseat a tire on an over the road vehicle, I did many times on a tractor. (Low pressure tire and stuff in a wooded area on my property). I did not have a high pressure high volume air source like the tire shop did so I improvised. I uses a ratchet strap around the tire tread to put the bead in contact with the rim of the wheel. I use used the normal pressure from a portable air tank to seat the tire.

I would recommend carrying a ratchet strap in your tool kit off road. I will help you conserve the air volume in your CO2 tank.
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There is always starting fluid and a lighter to reseat a bead too. Used with the above mentioned ratchet strap gas never failed me.
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While I have never had to reseat a tire on an over the road vehicle, I did many times on a tractor. (Low pressure tire and stuff in a wooded area on my property). I did not have a high pressure high volume air source like the tire shop did so I improvised. I uses a ratchet strap around the tire tread to put the bead in contact with the rim of the wheel. I use used the normal pressure from a portable air tank to seat the tire.

I would recommend carrying a ratchet strap in your tool kit off road. I will help you conserve the air volume in your CO2 tank.
Easy as pie like you said. Ratchet strap and normal compressor pressure. Wetting the bead helps as well. Ive used the same technique on tubeless bike tires too. Works really well. No need to use the flammable stuff.
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A quick repair is as easy as pie BUT the real fix isn't.
Lets say the temporary is good for six months and now the tire/rim starts leaking at the bead surface.

Mud makes its way into that crevice with the intial problem. Then it drys up. tires flex and create heat and more mud is introduced.....

Pretty soon it is leaking at a rate you can no longer ignore and the tire will have to be removed from the rim so a wirebrush can clean the rim sealing area. Then all is good again.

Normal maintenance for off road driving.
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A good test to verify air loss is putting a little dishsoap in a squirt bottle and spray the tire, if it's leaking even a tiny amount it will create a bubble mound you cannot miss within a minute

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