Fixing the backhoe tires
While backhoe is an important component of the backhoe loader, it becomes useless when its tires turn flat. So, you need to have them in good shape all the time but this is practically not possible if you don’t know what can affect the backhoe’s tires at a job site. Even best quality tires can wear out or puncture after a while and cost a lot of time and money to fix. So, what is needed is some technical knowledge, so that you can repair the backhoe tire on your own and get going.
How to repair a backhoe tire
Here are some tips on how to repair a backhoe tire
- Handle with care: Ensure that the backhoe is on a stable ground with some support so as to avoid any chances of slipping while fixing the tire. Since, the pry bars are heavy and can slip, you need to handle them carefully.
- Backhoe stabilizers should be put to use: In order to raise the flat tire off the ground, backhoe stabilizer should be used. Through stabilizer, the backhoe can be lifted off the tire.
- Using Pneumatic wrench: It can be used to remove the lug nuts and bolts, so that the entire wheel from the loader can be removed.
- Removing inner and outer rim bead: A tire hammer or backhoe bucket can be used to get the inner as well as outer rim bead off the tire. Next, you can use a tire iron to pry the tire bead off the rim, however, ensure that you don’t pinch the valve.
- Removing the tube: For doing this task, you will need to take the valve stem and the stem locknut out of the tube. After this, place the tube carefully on top of the tire and look for any damage.
- Need for valve stem replacement: Inflate the tube for the leak and replace the valve stem so as to re-inflate the tube. You can even spray soapy water on the tube to find small punctures.
- Deflating the tube: Repair the damage in the tube by placing the patch, deflate it again and place it on a flat work surface. Buffing tool can be used to score the rubber around the hole, so that the patch sticks better.
- Putting the tube back in the tire: Before putting the tube back in the tire, check the tire for sharp things like nail etc., and if any, remove them. Thereafter, put the tube back on the rim. Make sure the valve stem is aligned with the hole in the rim and secured with the nut. Then, use your tire iron to pry the tire back onto the rim, like the way you did when you took the tire off the rim.
- Valve replacement stage: Put valve stem core back in and re-inflate the tire. Once the tire is fully inflated, put it back on the backhoe like you put a wheel on the car.
So, this way, get going again!