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    Identifying liquid tire ballast

    Just took delivery of a 3038E I purchased at auction.

    As I was giving it the once over in my garage post delivery, I decided to see if the rear tires were filled. The valve stem was clocked at 3 o'clock so I let some air out. Sure enough, liquid came with it. The liquid appears to be plain water. It is clear and seems to be odorless. I declined to taste it. This tractor appears to have spent it's prior life in Virginia where maybe they don't worry about freezing. Me, it is common for the high temperature to be -5 degrees F for weeks at a time in January.

    Is there any simple way to identify whether it is filled with "real" ballast or just plain water? If I had an accurate scale I would know what to do, but I don't...

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    Drain a small amount into a cup and place in a freezer overnight. That'll give you a definitive answer.
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    Like, duh! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlKozak View Post
    Like, duh! Thanks!

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    After 24 hours in the freezer (and our freezer is set to the coldest setting), I had a cup of what resembled a Slush Puppy. So it isn't plain water, but I'll still need to change it before next winter.

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    Slush is usually ok

    Quote Originally Posted by AlKozak View Post
    After 24 hours in the freezer (and our freezer is set to the coldest setting), I had a cup of what resembled a Slush Puppy. So it isn't plain water, but I'll still need to change it before next winter.

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    Depending on how much colder your weather gets, it may be ok. Slushy fluid is ok as it's still fluid when the tire flexes. Solid blocks of ice aren't acceptable though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlKozak View Post
    After 24 hours in the freezer (and our freezer is set to the coldest setting), I had a cup of what resembled a Slush Puppy. So it isn't plain water, but I'll still need to change it before next winter.

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    Where will you be storing the tractor? That could make a difference as well.

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    I woulda tasted it...
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