Tire Removal (bead breaker slip)

Andrew Owner/Technician Florida Posted   Latest  
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Bead Breaker Slips During Tire Removal

Good morning DN: 

I have learned a neat trick recently and would like to spread the word:

If you're trying to break a tire bead loose and the tire sidewall keeps folding (due to the bead breaker slipping off the bead into the sidewall), inflate the tire to minimal air pressure and try again. 

The bead breaker should be able to overcome the minor additional pressure, and the pressure will help the tire to hold its structure as the bead is forced.

I only learned to do this recently and have been successful with this method twice already. 

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Benjamin Diagnostician
Connecticut
Benjamin
 

That's interesting because sometimes I start breaking the outer bead before all the air has escaped the tire.

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Mark Engineer
Colorado
Mark
 

Andrew I agree with Benjamin. I often start to break the bead as the final air is escaping from the valve stem (after I removed the valve core). Great tip and by accident I often use your tip because I’m in a hurry. Had no idea I was already using your idea. I insert the clamshell bead breaker and leave some pressure while I’m balancing the previous tire I mounted. Now I’ll have to experiment…

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Chris Technical Support Specialist
New York
Chris
 

I used to see this with some brands more than others, I would assume it was all related to sidewall strength.

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Steve Diagnostician
Arkansas
Steve
 

Cool tip I will try it next time I get a side wall that's hard to break loose!

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