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Rubber Manufacturers Association 1400 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington, DC 20005Tel: 202.682.4800 Fax: 202.682.4854 Web: www.rma.org E-mail: info@rma.orgVolume 41, Number 2 Page 1 of 4TIRE BEAD LUBRICANTS USED TOMOUNT TIRESUse commercially available lubricants made forbead seating to seat tire beads. Also, vegetable oiland animal soap solutions may be used. If alubricant is water-based, it should contain a rustinhibitor. Care should be exercised to avoidexcessive application of lubricant to minimizemoisture in the air chamber. Do not allow anylubricant to run between the tube and casing intube-type tires or on the inside surface of tubelesstires. When dry, the lubricant should not remainslippery.TIRE MOUNTING AIDS AND BEADSEALERSSome mounting aids (such as rubber "O" rings or"donuts") can become trapped between the tirebead and rim during mounting. This prevents thebead from properly seating on the rim, which canlead to failure.Bead sealers may also impede bead seating, ifallowed to dry on beads and rim contact surfacesbefore mounting.TT II RR EEI N FI N F O R M AO R M A T I O N S E RT I O N S E R V I C E B U L L E T I NV I C E B U L L E T I NTIRE BEAD LUBRICANTS, MOUNTING AIDS, BEAD SEALERS, OEM MOBILITY KITS, TIRE SEALANTS, BALANCING SUBSTANCES AND FLAMMABLE SUBSTANCESTIRE SEALANTS AND BALANCING SUBSTANCESSolvent-based liquids must not be used due to thepossibility of creating explosive mixtures of vapors inthe tire, which may result in serious injury or death.Silicone, petroleum, or solvent-based lubricants mustnot be used. These substances may: cause the tire to slip on the rim. have a harmful effect on the tire, tube, flap and/orrim. create explosive mixtures of air and vapors in thetire which may result in serious injury or death.OEM MOBILITY KITS, TIRE SEALANTS AND BALANCING SUBSTANCESThe RMA does not endorse any tire sealant or tire balancing product because it does not test the multitude of suchproducts on the market. Vehicle Original Equipment Temporary TireMobility KitsA temporary tire mobility kit may be supplied by thevehicle manufacturer as an alternative to a spare or runflattire in passenger car and light truck applications. Thetemporary tire mobility kit is normally comprised of apuncture sealant and a small air compressor or container ofpropellant. Use of a temporary tire mobility kit: Is not considered a repair to the tire Only provides a temporary solution to promptly reach aservice location for professional inspection and possiblerepair of the affected tire. Refer to tire manufacturer forspecific guidelines regarding repairability and warranty.End-users of temporary tire mobility kits supplied as original equipment in a passenger car or a light truck vehicleshould always follow all instructions provided by the vehicle manufacturer, including limits on the amount of driving atreduced speeds allowed to safely reach a tire service location.Aftermarket SealantsAerosol, liquid, gel or other substances injected into a tirethrough the valve are not considered proper repairs. Suchproducts may be flammable and potentially explosive, maydamage the tire, may void the tire manufacturer's warrantyand may interfere with or damage tire pressure monitoringsystem sensors. Consult the tire manufacturer's servicerecommendations and warranty policy. FLAMMABLE SUBSTANCES IN TIRESFlammable vapors may inadvertently be pumped into a tire along with the air from the compressor when the tire isinflated. These vapors can originate from several sources: Using alcohol, methanol, dry gas, or any other flammable material in the compressor tank to prevent freezing ofcondensation; Storing flammable solvents or rubber cements near the air intake of the compressor;TISB Vol. 41 No. 2 Page 2 of 4 Never, under any circumstance, introduce a flammablesubstance into a tire.Igniting this substance in an effort to facilitate seatingthe beads is extremely unsafe. This may result in anexplosion of the tire with force sufficient to causeserious personal injury or death.This practice may also result in undetected damage tothe tire or rim that could result in failure of the tire inservice.Serious injury or death may result from an explosion ofthe tire and rim/wheel assembly due to heating therim/wheel. Never rework, weld, braze or heat a wheelor rim. Cleaning of the air screen on the compressor intake with flammable solvents; Locating a battery charger near the air compressor intake can result in hydrogen gases being drawn into thecompressor.Recommendations: Locate compressor inside (where freezing will not be a problem) in an area by itself (away from operations such as tirerepairing, battery charging, etc.). Do not add anti-freeze materials to the compressor tank. Each day, open the bleed valve on the tank to expel moisture. Filters, traps, and driers can be added to compressors to remove moisture and avoid frozen hoses. Do not use highly flammable solvents to clean compressor or air screens.Aftermarket Sealers/Inflators:Flammable propellants and/or liquids in aftermarket sealants or aerosol inflators may cause a tire to explode undercertain circumstances. Never introduce a flammable substance into a tire. Tire service professionals should assume thatany aftermarket product used to seal or inflate a tire is flammable. In addition to following proper demounting procedures,take the following precautions: Keep the tire away from heat, flame, sparks or other ignition sources. Use tools with caution, particularly tire irons, reamers and hammers, to avoid causing sparks. In a well-ventilated area--and with the tire secured to a vehicle, tire mounting machine or other restraining device--remove the valve core and completely deflate the tire. Re-inflate and deflate the tire a few times to further dissipate and expel potentially flammable vapor.TISB Vol. 41 No. 2 Page 3 of 4 This is a publication of the Rubber Manufacturers Association. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced in any form without the express written permission of RMA.To order RMA publications, call 202-682-4800 or go online www.rma.org and click on Publications.Copyright 2011, Rubber Manufacturers Association TISB 41/02-0511NOTE:For proper repair procedures, refer to the RMA wall charts on puncture repair procedures for passenger/light truck andtruck/bus tires. For demounting and mounting procedures, refer to the appropriate RMA wall charts on demounting/mountingprocedures For additional information, refer to the RMA puncture repair and demount/mount wall charts.TISB Vol. 41 No. 2 Page 4 of 4 This Bulletin Replaces Volume 41, Number 1


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