Tractor Tire Upkeep And Repair

7/21/2017 8:34:47 AM by Carissa Shaul

In a previous blog we looked at "Buying new tires for an old tractor." This week we will take a look at a few tips for maintaining your new tires. Remember to look for your tires at to find the best deal.

Buy Tubes

Many farmers run their tires with tubes, which can save a lot of money down the road on tire repair and replacement. In fact, a tube, just like a tire, can be patched, and if it needs to be replaced, it can be purchased for a fraction of the price of a new tire. That being said, if you can see the tube through the tire, then the tire should probably be replaced. Otherwise, you’re going to be fixing that tube constantly.


If you prefer a tubeless tire—and many farmers do—sealants can help hold in the air. Be mindful in buying sealants that the one you use is non-corrosive. Some contain certain salts that will corrode the tire rim and ruin it over time.


As mentioned above, both tires and tubes can easily be patched. This involves finding the hole (fill it with air and spray soapy water around the surface—the hole will bubble) and pushing a patch into the tire with a special instrument. The patch will then stick to in the hole and stop the leak—far and away the most affordable of fixes, though again, you cannot patch a busted sidewall.