This morning I feel like I got into a fight with a thousand pound steer! Man, I am sore!
Yesterday afternoon I needed to fix a flat on the tractor. Tire came off the rim too. Got the tractor jacked up and the rim unbolted and on the
ground (a chore in itself). Then the battle began. Got the irons out and went about taking the rim off the tire. This is a big tubeless tire and
it's not a split-rim either (so those of you who know tires will understand how difficult this is). I struggled for nearly 2 hours to get the tire
off the rim, just brute strength...everything I had. Finally got it off, but no puncture. WTH??? So then I horsed the rim up and started looking it
over. The wife had been driving the tractor when it went flat, and it scared her when it happened because she had a couple large round bales on the
forks, so she didn't really know what happened. By this time it's dark.
I get the lights out and I'm looking the rim over in the dark and I see that the lip of the rim is bent in this one area. She must have gone over a
rock when the tire came off the rim. Dammmit!! So I spent the next hour or so with a sledge hammer and some metal shaping spoons pounding the rim
back to true. Rim looked pretty good when I was done (aside from a little grinding I had to do to smooth things out after pounding on it so long).
Spent the next two hours putting the tire back on the rim. Just brutal, brutal, work. Finally got the tire all the way back on, and got the whole
wheel and tire up on a spindle stand and got ready to set the bead. Got the air hose ready and...OH CRAP!!...the valve stem apparently got pushed out
of the rim into the tire!!! I tried for over an hour, prying and anything else I could think of to grab that valve stem inside the tire to no avail.
I'm getting really
tired now and I don't need this problem at all! I tried everything, but there was no way I could get my hand inside the
tire to grab the stem. I had no choice...time to take the tire back off the rim again...all that work for nothing!!
Spent the next hour or so struggling with all my might to get the tire off the rim far enough where I could get my hand inside the tire far enough to
get the valve stem, and then prying the tire down far enough to get enough clearance to get the valve stem back inside the rim. BTW, this involved
picking up this monster tire about 15 times! I won't bore you with the brutal struggle to get the tire back on the rim again, but it was basically a
repeat of above. By now, not only is it dark (has been for few hours), but now it's also getting pretty cold and I'm soaking wet from sweating on
this beast. I get the tire back on the rim, get the tire back up on the spindle and get ready to set the bead again. Double check the valve stem
just to be sure it's there. It is...we're good to go; time to air it back up. ....but WAIT!
As I'm standing there lubing up the bead with some more bead lube (essentially thick soap) I notice a rough spot on the bead on the back side of the
rim, then another...and then another. (this is the side of the tire which has been facing the ground this whole time). I flip this behemoth over and
inspect the bead. The whole bead just below the lip of the tire is jacked up!! SON...OF...A...B#!!!! I don't know if it is a casting defect in the
tire, or if somehow the bead got damaged, but this tire isn't going to work...not ever! (certainly not safely anyway) ...S#!
By this time it's about 11:30pm, my coveralls are crunchy with sweat-soaked ice, I'm freezing and I've exhausted every fiber in my body. All for
nothing! I swore the whole time I was never going to give up, but not having a brand new tractor tire sitting around I had been defeated in the end,
and there was nothing I could do about it. I used my last ounces of energy to pick up all the tools (and there were a bunch by this time)...and had
to call it a day. Went inside, took a shot of schapps and crashed on the bed.
Hooked up the truck to the big trailer this morning and my lovely bride reminded me I needed to get plates on the trailer. Gawd...what the heck else
can go wrong??? Now, before I can go to the tractor dealer and get a new (and expensive) tire, I get to have the joy of going over to the DMV first
and playing their fun and games for a couple hours...only THEN can I go get another tire....and then do it all over again
Sorry for a story without a happy ending, but they don't always end happily, and Murphy's Law is in full effect this time!!!
edit on 11/2/2017 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)