How to Fix a Wheelbarrow Tire (tubeless)

An easy solution to lining up a tubeless tire to the rim for a wheelbarrow to fill it back with air - happy days.


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    In most cases your wheelbarrow tire has become flat due to the cold weather, but if it has been punctured you should plan to fix the hole with a tire repair kit.
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    Once the tire is ready for inflating, clean the tire bead, (the area that will be in contact with the metal rim) and remove all dirt. In order to inflate the tire you must line up the tire bead and press it tightly against the rim.
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    Apply tire bead sealer or dish soap to assist in the bonding process.
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    Wrap a tie down around the center of the tire tread and start to cinch up until the bead presses up against the rim. If tire just won't seal, gently rotate and and press the tire down from the center to stick the bead to the rim using the grease or jelly. Listen to remove all leaks and try inflating again.
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    Inflate the tire using a compressor (found at a gas station), or a small compressor that plugs into your cigarette lighter. A hand pump may not have the PSI required but a foot pump should.


  • If all else fails, a very VERY small amount of starting fluid and a lighter will help seat the bead and get the tire to take air.
  • Another trick to seal the leak is to use a paper towel and cut it into four strips. Put the strips between the tire bead and the rim. It took two strips to go around the rim on each side. Then make a small dish of soap water to pour around each side so the paper towel is wet with soap water and acted as sealer. With 30 or more pounds of air pressure, the tire pops right up.
  • Don't apply any petroleum product, such as petroleum jelly as previously recommended, it will attack and soften the rubber of the tire. Instead, use a commercial tire bead lube, or a soap-based lubricant.
  • If a leak remains but you can't find it, use a spray bottle of soapy water and spray the bead, the leak will force bubbles
  • Also warming the tire up beforehand - bring indoors - may help a little to expand the rubber.
  • When inflating the tire you may encounter a leak, using your hands to increase downward pressure from the center of tread may help eliminate the leak.
  • To get the bead started you can use several long radiator hose clamps strung together. The advantage of the clamps over the tie down is that you can tighten the clamps from several places, a tie down only tightens from one spot and may not spread the tire out evenly all the way around. DO NOT overinflate the tire you will destroy the clamps - start backing them off as soon as tire takes air. I use an electric drill to tighten or back off the clamps quickly. You may have to even let some air out of the tire to loosen the hose clamps.


  • If you can not release the tie down, expel air from the tire until you can.
  • Do not over-inflate while the tie down is wrapped around the tire; once the tire is holding air start releasing the tie down.

Things You'll Need

  • Tie Down, long enough to wrap around the tire
  • Tire bead sealer or grease
  • Soapy water in spray bottle
  • Air compressor (usually at a gas station)

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