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#582476 - 07/11/06 07:12 PM Recipe for Tire Lubricant?
carock Offline


Registered: 03/05/06
Posts: 433
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?

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#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.

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


Registered: 12/25/02
Posts: 3585
Loc: Outside smalltown, IL
I'll second the dishwashing liquid recommendation. Full strength or diluted with a small amount of water.

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#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.

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


Registered: 09/11/04
Posts: 1970
Loc: snowblind in TX
Safety Seal sells it for about $20/gallon.

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


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 3125
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]

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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


Registered: 03/05/06
Posts: 433
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.

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


Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 12584
Loc: Silicon Valley
Can you mount your own tire at home? How do you balance it?

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#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.

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#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

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


Registered: 09/22/04
Posts: 1838
Loc: New Brunswick
My dad uses plain ol' chassis grease.

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