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    Flat tire with no obvious cause.

    Rear tire on my 1025r has gone flat 3 times in the past 4 months. First time, pumped it up, no issues for 3 months. Last week at the height of the nor'easter (Tuesday), go to start cleaning up the driveway, dead flat. PIA to get the wheel off and into the garage. Thankfully still have the backhoe on and can used the outriggers to jack up the rear. Re-inflate and it was fine until this morning when it was flat again. Re-inflate, and sprayed soapy water around the bead on each side, around and in the valve stem. No bubbles. Checked the tread visually and with soapy water and still didn't find the leak. Anyone got any ideas short of submerging it? Thanks.
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    You checked around the stem. Did you check the actual valve seal inside the stem?

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    Oops. Missed you did that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Deere 1025R TLB View Post
    You checked around the stem. Did you check the actual valve seal inside the stem?

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    Yup, tried the old spit test as well as soapy water, no bubbles.
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    Take it to a tire shop. Mine was fixed in 10 mins for $5 cash.

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    When I had tire trouble with my 455, it was when I pushing or pulling hard with it. Such as moving earth. It had the OEM turf tires and they were 2-ply with an inflation of 10psi. The pressure just wasn't enough to keep the bead seated when pushing/pulling a heavy load. Tubes didn't help, as the slippage would pinch the tube or pull the valve stem. I finally went to 6 ply tires--not for the added weight capacity, but I can inflate them to 35psi. With that kind of pressure, I haven't had any issues with flats since.

    The 1025R is equipped with 4-ply tires. I just took delivery on mine two weeks ago, promptly brought it into the shop and took it apart. So I've only driven it on/off the trailer and to detach the FEL and backhoe. According to the Owner's Manual, the rear tire is to be inflated to 20 psi. I suspect you broke the bead when pushing snow and have dirt/contaminants between the bead and rim now, allowing it to leak. You're probably going to have to, at a minimum, break the bead and wash out the rim and bead. You may have to demount the tire to clean it out if it is really dirty. Check the ratings on the tire and see if it has a higher rating than 20 psi that you can inflate to when pushing/pulling with it.

    Also, air contracts with colder temperatures and tire pressures drops with colder temps. So re-check your tire pressure in cold temperatures. This is a common issue, here in MN.
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    Thanks martincom. I will clean the beads tomorrow and see if it holds.
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    You may not be able to brake the bead away form the rim, without a tire machine or bead buster.
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    Nothing else , tire slim.
    Nothing raises my blood pressure more than stinking flat tires. All set to do a project and have to work on something to use it.
    Most of my trailer and ATV tires all have slim in them. The slim now is washes off with water and does not corrode the rim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martincom View Post
    You may not be able to brake the bead away form the rim, without a tire machine or bead buster.
    When it went flat, had to get it out of my shed to fix it. Only took about 3 or 4 revolutions and it broke the bead. I think I can
    break it with a block and dead blow mallet.
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