While flat tires maybe a nuisance when out with your snow blower they can be fixed relatively easily.
Start by locating where the hole is, then fix using either a tire sealant (my favorite for snowblowers and lawn blowers is listed below) or by using a tire plugging repair kit. In this post, I’ll be sharing tips based on my experience of how to easily identify the hole and how to decide whether to plug or seal.
Identify Where The Hole Is
You’ll want to begin by identifying where the leak is coming from. I’ve found that the easiest way to locate a hole on a tire (or any inflated object for that matter) is by covering the area with soap and water. Then as the air leaks from the tire, it will form bubbles in the soap.
If you’ve got a tubeless tire you may at this point realize it’s not a hole and instead the leak is coming from the bead between the tire and the rim. In this case, I suggest following the ratchet method:
Repair The Leak
If you’ve found a small hole in your snowblower tire then you can repair it with a tire plug or a tire sealant. Repairing your snowblower tire using any of the two following methods will require you to remove the tire from the machine.
I actually found that removing and reattaching the tire to the machine actually took longer than repairing the hole in the majority of cases. With most snowblowers, you only need a flathead screwdriver to remove the tire (just be sure to hold the axle in place as this sometimes tries to come off or move out of place as you remove the tire).
The majority of tire repair kits are universal. I suggest having one on hand before you need it. They are affordable, small enough to store easily, and suitable for a range of different tires (I’ve actually also used this repair kit on my snowblower, ATV, and my bike).
Once you have removed the tire from the snowblower simply follow the instructions either in the manual or in the tire plug repair kit. If you don’t have either then I suggest following this video tutorial below (it’s a tubeless bike tire, but works the same for a tubeless snowblower tire too – I will try and make a video soon!)
If you’re looking for a slightly more hassle free alternative you could look to apply a tire sealant instead. I used to use Multi Seal but it seems that this brand has actually been replaced by Flat Out who have a specially designed tire sealant for small outdoor appliances including lawnmowers and snowblowers.
On the back of the packaging, you’ll find full instructions on how to use this sealant and how much to apply to the tire (it varies depending on the size of the tire you are repairing). The fluid is designed to entire the tire through the valve which makes it a simple and mess-free solution. Once you’ve added the correct amount you can replace the cap with a stem, inflate the tire and then change out the stem for the cap.
Test The Tire
Once you have performed any repair to the tire you’ll want to inflate it to the minimum pressure as set in the snowblower manual.
Then, check to ensure the leak is no longer present. After a couple of minutes reapply the pressure inflater to check the pressure again and ensure it’s being maintained. Once you are confident the leak is no longer present you can go ahead and inflate the tire to the standard pressure required. We suggest the this tire pressure pump from Viair: