Recent Topics
2005 Volvo S40 2.4i - Optimal Oil Choice?
by mgm7890
02/13/16 12:58 PM
Something for a quiet Saturday, vapors...
by OneEyeJack
02/13/16 12:33 PM
Ford guys: Crown Vic windshield washer not working
by Jimmy9190
02/13/16 12:08 PM
Very cold outside, vehicle sitting for a few day's
by 07titan
02/13/16 11:26 AM
compression fittings and fuel starvation
by eljefino
02/13/16 10:47 AM
Anyone here make a homemade jump starter pack?
by skyactiv
02/13/16 10:31 AM
API *SL* Oil Still on Shelf
by CrackyWainwright
02/13/16 10:17 AM
Jeep "shudders" at 35-40 mph
by Joe_Power
02/13/16 09:27 AM
How Often to Drain and Refill AT's?
by Gebo
02/13/16 09:18 AM
Gas water heaters
by spasm3
02/13/16 08:59 AM
Woman killed by flying manhole cover in Boston
by Mr Nice
02/13/16 08:56 AM
Fresh oil change - dipstick smells like exhaust
by ragtophardtop
02/13/16 08:50 AM
Newest Members
wdleighton1, RTS, jhmed80, engus, Rob_Pol
56902 Registered Users
Who's Online
81 registered (Branson304, BrocLuno, 90crvtec, BMOC, Boss302fan, 10 invisible), 1871 Guests and 109 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
56902 Members
66 Forums
244645 Topics
3985058 Posts

Max Online: 2862 @ 07/07/14 03:10 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#582476 - 07/11/06 07:12 PM Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
carock Offline


Registered: 03/05/06
Posts: 508
Loc: California
Cannot find tire lubricant in small quantities for a DIY mechanic. Tire lubricant is a vegetable based soap used to mount tires on the rim. Does anybody know a home brew formula I can use safely?

Top
#582477 - 07/11/06 07:20 PM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
Hirev Offline


Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 1198
Loc: Oregon
Hot water with a fair amount of dish washing liquid such as Joy.

Top
#582478 - 07/12/06 09:11 AM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
jsharp Offline


Registered: 12/25/02
Posts: 3593
Loc: Outside smalltown, IL
I'll second the dishwashing liquid recommendation. Full strength or diluted with a small amount of water.

Top
#582479 - 07/12/06 09:34 AM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
ConfederateTyrant Offline


Registered: 04/03/06
Posts: 1674
Loc: Morrow, Georgia
In my auto tech class we used the dishwashing liquid and water to lube the tire. It never gave any of the students a problem.

Top
#582480 - 07/11/06 10:27 PM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
punisher Offline


Registered: 09/11/04
Posts: 2212
Loc: snowblind in TX
Safety Seal sells it for about $20/gallon.

Top
#582481 - 07/12/06 02:51 AM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
UncleS2 Offline


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 3202
Loc: Far North East Texas
An old tire shop owner I knew long ago used a few squirts of the shop's liquid hand soap stirred up in a couple gallons of water, or when that ran out he'd steal his wife's liquid dishwashing soap. When I asked him about it, his answer was: "This part's easy, don't try to make it hard." [Big Grin]

Top
#582482 - 07/12/06 06:38 AM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
Brett Miller Offline


Registered: 09/09/03
Posts: 2636
Loc: Arizona
Hand cleaner without pumice works well also.

Top
#582483 - 07/12/06 07:23 AM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
unDummy Offline


Registered: 02/01/03
Posts: 8756
Loc: RI
Bubble blowing solution from the kids toy box will work.

Top
#582484 - 07/12/06 03:09 PM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
mechtech Offline


Registered: 08/11/04
Posts: 2387
Loc: Chicago area
Dishwashing soap and water is a time honored substitue, and works very well.
One big problem however is moisture that remains in the tire. Water is the main reason for tire pressure fluctuations. That is why nitrogen is used for premium tire fills. Dry air is just as good, and much cheaper.
Water will also contribute to corrosion. It can't evaporate away - it has no place to go.

Top
#582485 - 07/13/06 02:09 AM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
IslaVistaMan Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 328
Loc: San Diego, CA
NAPA's RuGLYDE works great -- cheap, too.

Top
#582486 - 07/13/06 08:03 AM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
carock Offline


Registered: 03/05/06
Posts: 508
Loc: California
Okay,I did my own private home test on my motorcycle tires. Palmolive + water was REALLY difficult to get the bead over the rim. Napa supplied tire lube was pretty easy to get the bead over the rim. Dishwater soap may work, but not nearly as well as the Napa supplied stuff.

Top
#582487 - 07/13/06 11:42 AM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
PandaBear Offline


Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 13051
Loc: Silicon Valley
Can you mount your own tire at home? How do you balance it?

Top
#582488 - 07/13/06 02:32 PM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
mechtech Offline


Registered: 08/11/04
Posts: 2387
Loc: Chicago area
Motorcycle tires are relatively easy to get on and off.
You can balance a motorcycle front tire by raising the wheel off of the ground, and retracting the brake pads. Then add weights to static balance it. Because the tires are so thin compared to a car's, they don't need the side to side dynamic balancing.

Top
#582489 - 08/05/06 11:05 AM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
jc1990 Offline


Registered: 07/22/02
Posts: 257
Loc: palmer mass
UST STP SON OF A GUN WORKS GREAT MY UNCLE OWNS A COUPLE OF TIRE SHOPS HE, S TRIED EVERYTHING THAT WORKS BEST

Top
#582490 - 08/05/06 11:59 AM Re: Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
55Test Offline


Registered: 09/22/04
Posts: 1879
Loc: New Brunswick
My dad uses plain ol' chassis grease.

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >