Tractor Tire Tubes
Tractor tire tubes are mounted and inflated inside some tractor tires to maintain air pressure, inflate the casing and support the vehicle weight. Tires that require a tire tube are commonly found on farm equipment. Inner Tubes also prevent air leakage, and are sometimes used to extend the life of a tubeless tire when there is a small leak
Some tires require the use of tubes
Tires that require a tire tube are denoted with the letters TT after the size.
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Tubes will often fit more than one different tire size, so it is always best to consult an expert before you buy.
Tubes are available in many tires sizes, but not all. For a full selection of sizes, click here. Tires containing inner tubes(denoted as “TT” on the sidewall) have many benefits over tubeless. If the bead (the seam between the tire and wheel rim) is broken on a tubeless tire, all the air rushes out. However, a tire with a tube will usually be unaffected by a small leak. Tubeless tires that will not hold air can easily be converted into tubed tires.
Each tube size may fit up to four or more tire sizes.
There is a real lack of tire tube information available, so we would like to give you a quick breakdown of farm tire tubes as well as the do’s and don’ts when buying tubes for farm tires.
- Installing tubes to prevent rim leaks.
- Installing tubes may help prevent tire bead popping off wheel.
- Some tires are Tube Type which means you have to install a tube.
- Tubes may help with air loss due to cold temperatures.
- Always install new tubes in new tires…old tubes grow.
- It’s ok to install radial tubes in bias tires.
- Always check tire for foreign material before installing tube.
- Don’t Install oversized tubes…they will crease and fail
- Don’t install undersized tubes…the valve stem may rip from the tube
- Don’t install tube in tire with sidewall cracking
- Don’t install tube to fix larger than pin size holes
- Never install used tubes in new tires…old tubes grow
- Never install bias tubes in radial tires
- Don’t install tubes in tires with plug-type repairs
There are lots of factors to consider when replacing tubes in farm tires…
It’s always best call a specialty tire expert and ask help when buying tire tubes. You want to make sure you buy the right tube for your farm tire.
Installation is easy and requires only basic tools and few steps. Installing a tire tube is the same process for both tubed and tubeless tires.
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Tire Tubes can also:
- be used with old tires that are cracked and slow leak, provided the cracks aren’t big enough to pinch the tube.
- allow you to fill tires with liquid without fear of the rims rusting due to constant exposure to the solution used to fill them. The rims will get some fluid on them if the tube gets punctured, but its usually not exposed to it long enough to be of concern..
- allow you to run very low tire pressures with no fear of the bead unseating, something that is often desirable in low traction conditions..