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Changing a Tractor Tire - Tire Safety

Dismounting  |  Mounting  |  Liquid Ballast  |  Tire Safety |  Tire Shop Tools & Supplies

General Tire Safety Precautions

Below is a list of safety precautions you should take whenever you are changing or repairing tires.

  1. ALWAYS wear protective eyewear.

  2. ALWAYS read and understand any manufacturer's warning contained in literature or molded into the tire sidewall before servicing tires.

  3. NEVER reinflate a tire that has been operated in a run-flat or under inflated condition (80% or less of recommended pressure). Demount and inspect all tires and rim parts before reinflating.

  4. NEVER mount or use damaged tires or rims.

  5. ALWAYS use specialized tools as recommended by tire suppliers for mounting and dismounting of tires.

  6. ALWAYS inspect inside of tire for loose cords, cuts, penetrating objects or other casing damage. Repairable damage must be repaired before placing tire back into service. Tires with unrepairable damage should be destroyed.

  7. ALWAYS replace a tire with one having the same rim diameter designation and suffix letters.

  8. NEVER rework, weld, heat or braze the tire/wheel/rim. Heating the rim of tire/wheel/rim assembly can cause a tire to explode, causing serious injury or death.

  9. ALWAYS inspect inside of the tire and remove dirt, liquids or other foreign material before mounting.

  10. NEVER install tubes that have buckled or creased.

  11. ALWAYS use new tubes in new tires.

  12. ALWAYS use radial tubes with tube-type radial tires.

  13. NEVER use a tube in a casing larger or smaller than that for which the tube was designed by the manufacturer.

  14. ALWAYS check to be sure tube is clean before installing in tire.

  15. ALWAYS lubricate with only approved tire mounting lubricant or mild vegetable oil soap solution. NEVER use anti-freeze, silicones or petroleum-base lubricants. This will damage the tire.

  16. The use of any flammable material during tire servicing is absolutely prohibited. Use of starting fluid, ether, gasoline or any other flammable material to lubricate, seal or seat the beads of a tubeless tire can cause the tire to explode or can cause the explosive separation of the tire/rim assembly resulting in serious injury or death.

  17. NEVER hammer, strike or pry on any type of tire/rim assembly while the tire contains inflation pressure. Do not attempt to seat any part while the tire contains any inflation pressure. This could result in serious injury or death.

  18. ALWAYS inspect valve cores for proper air retention. Replace damaged or leaky cores.

  19. ALWAYS inflate tire to tire manufacturer's recommended cold inflation pressure for the tire's intended service.

  20. When inflating a tire off a vehicle, use a safety cage or other restraining device, and an extension hose with in-line air gauge and clip-on air chuck, which allows the operator to stand clear of the trajectory.

  21. For tube-type tires, inflate to service pressure without the valve core installed and then completely deflate the tire to prevent wrinkles in the tube. Insert the valve core and reinflate the tire to recommended service pressure as specified for the tire and/or rim.

  22. ALWAYS use sealing valve caps to prevent loss of air or fluid.

  23. ALWAYS check to be sure tire is centered on rim before inflating.

  24. If tire and wheel/hub and spindle assemblies are for highway use, make sure:

    • All components are rated for highway and high speed service.

    • Never overload tire/wheel - hub/spindle assemblies.

    • The load rating of the hub/spindle - tire/wheel is rated on the lowest load carrying component.

    • Most agriculture tire/wheel - hub/spindle assemblies have a maximum speed of 25 mph.