LiquiTube® Frequently Asked Questions:
Yes, and it’s one of the best things you can do to get the best value out of your new tires and protect your investment from day one. LiquiTube® will rebalance every time the tire moves, which is beneficial in applications like semi tires where balancing and cooling are important.
No! In fact, it may even remove some of the corrosion that’s currently there. LiquiTube® has a no-damage guarantee, and will replace the rim if it does happen. LiquiTube® is made with surplus anti-corrosion agents added to the product which are consumed as they fight corrosion so that you’re unlikely to run out before the tire is worn out.
LiquiTube®, when properly installed, will be ready to seal any of these leaks. If a tire is damaged beyond the capacity of LiquiTube® to repair it, it’ll easily rinse out with water and won’t interfere with the installation of new ones. When the new patch, plug or boot is installed, reinstall LiquiTube® again for fewer patches, plugs and boots over the life of the tire.
This is completely up to you. There are customers who do and are happy and there are some who don't and are happy too. It’s your choice!
Would 40 years sound good? It is guaranteed to never deteriorate, separate or evaporate. If it does, the company will replace it FREE of charge, no cheesy questions asked.
LiquiTube® is made with new antifreeze, therefore it can absorb up to 10% of its weight in water. Excess water will dilute the product and reduce its effectiveness, however, so it’s important to always drain the compressor lines to avoid water in the tires.
Because it moves slower and there is less centrifugal force to keep the product distributed.
No, LiquiTube® has additives that make it cling to the inside surface of the tire. If you park a truck or some farm equipment for the winter, gravity is constantly busy trying to move the product to the bottom of the tire. Its ability to cling to the surface of the tire helps protect the tire from porosity leaks and weather cracks. Eventually gravity wins over everything, but not very fast in a tire treated with LiquiTube®.
It can seal a 1/4” to 3/8” hole in a light tire like a 4-wheeler or side-by-side tire. It will seal a 1/2” hole in a semi tire on the fly. It will repair a 5/8” puncture in a skid steer tire, and a 3/4” puncture in a tractor or loader tire. It creates a permanent seal and, once that happens, no further action is needed for the tire.
Yes, you can use it to repair a flat if the tire damage is not more severe than the capacity of the product. Be sure to spin the tire after the product is installed so that it coats the entire inside surface of the tire and rim. Be sure to properly inflate the tire and check the inflation after you have seen the leak stop.
LiquiTube® works best as a preventative. That way you are also protected from massive damage to the tire. If you stop the pinholes and bead leaks, you avoid the bigger holes and the bigger expense.
Murphy's Law indicates that you will probably never have a flat in front of a tire shop. If you install it in all the tires while at the shop, you won't have to look for a compressor after you use LiquiTube® to fix a flat when you are miles away from one in the middle of the night or on the weekend.
The list is long and nasty. It includes: nails, bolts, large thorns, puncher burs, wire of various sizes and lengths, hedge apple thorns, locust thorns, deer antlers, punches, bullet holes, rail spikes and numerous other things.
LiquiTube® will be helpful, however it can only plug pin or small holes in tubes. Slits and large punctures will not be repaired because the tube material is too thin and tubes move inside the tire as the tire flexes, making it difficult to make good repairs. Upgrading to tubeless when you are able will yield better results overall.
LiquiTube® makes no claim to repair sidewall damage, because the flexibility of the sidewall is not suited for holding repairs. With that being said, it will repair that kind of damage, but unless the tire has very thick side walls and the cords are not damaged, the odds are against it. Still, we do hear amazing stories about sidewall repairs from time to time!
LiquiTube® will repair some minor pinholes and rim cracks. Because LiquiTube® covers the entire inside of the tire and rim, it has the area covered, but may not hold if the crack expands or the area around the pinhole is “rotten” metal from corrosion or old tire ballast damage.
Simple – clip the quick-attach at the end of the pump hose onto the valve stem on the side of the LiquiTube® bucket. Open the valve next to the quick-attach and depress the pump handle to empty the pump back into the pail and you’re done. Nothing more needed.
The pump has a lifetime guarantee. If it breaks or quits working, contact us here and we’ll send repairs or a replacement immediately. No cheesy questions asked.
Yes it is! It works great for many kinds of liquids, but it’s recommended that you order a new one for other things, so you don't corrupt your LiquiTube®. I used one to put tranny fluid in a four-wheel drive tractor transmission recently and it beats a funnel to death when you need 20 gallons to fill it.
No. If you’re using the 5 gallon pail and the 10 oz. metering pump, it can push back against 45 lbs. of air pressure in the tire when installing. If you use the gallon jug or the quart bottle then you will need to let all of the air out of the tire.
Yes, if it is clean when you remove it from the old tire, you can reuse it in a new tire.
If you plan to install it for a customer, most dealers recommend charging $0.80/oz installed/or plus labor. According to the installation chart if you buy a 5 gallon bucket and install 45 oz. in an 11R 22.5 semi tire it costs $19.80 per tire. A 5 gallon pail will treat about 14 of the 11R 22.5 semi tires or 13 of the 11R 24.5 tires.
Odds are he will get over it when you politely point out that it rinses out with water. If you use LiquiTube® in all the tires in your operation, you will see him about 90% less anyway. Understand also that this product will reduce his income, and perhaps dramatically. Tip him when you do come in.
LiquiTube® will not mix with other tire products. The other tire products will need to be removed or the mix could cause severe tire and or vehicle damage.
Treat it as an antifreeze spill. It is EPA-approved to rinse down a municipal drain. If uncertain, follow the same procedures recommended by the EPA.
Rinse it out with water. It is EPA-approved to dispose of it by pouring it down a municipal drain.
If the tire has sensors it will plug the tire sensors if you attempt to install it through the valve stem. If the tire is heavier than 10 ply and 19 inches or larger, it will service the tire. Smaller and/or lighter passenger tires will sometimes shimmy at certain speeds depending on the thickness of sidewalls and other factors like suspension. The best return on your investment will be from utility tires, truck tires, and farm or construction equipment. See the installation chart for more information.
Actually, it will be similar to the temperature of the tire as it moves down the road. Antifreeze transfers heat (that’s what it does in the block and radiator of your car). Because of that, it will transfer heat from the backside of the face of the tire where it’s constantly heated from tire friction with the road surface, to the sidewall and the rim where it can be cooled by the passing air. Tire temperatures may be as much as 35 degrees cooler on a hot day with LiquiTube® in the tire.
Some of our customers have reported that it has helped cool brakes and wheel bearings in extreme applications, like mountain driving or under heavy loads leading to reduced costs and greater safety.
Keep it away from pets and children. If it’s ingested follow the procedures for antifreeze. Always wear safety glasses when installing the product. If you get it in your eyes, follow the eye wash procedures for antifreeze.
Find out more about specific tire and equipment types:
Pivot tires usually go flat from porosity leaks due to sun and weather damage or from the tire walking itself into a narrow groove in the muddy soil. When in a groove, the sidewalls get pushed in and beads pop off the rim. When this happens, the air rushes out. If the tire has LiquiTube® in it, the tire sealant comes out keeping the air in the tire so it can re-seat on the rim. One customer in Texas has applied LiquiTube® to all of his pivot tires covering 10,000 acres. He has had zero flats in the first 2 years. The savings in tires, labor, knuckles, and gear boxes is huge. Most customers report recovering their investment before the first year is up. It works best with tubeless tires. Once these tires are treated, the porosity leaks are sealed as well.
Customers love the fact that, like center pivot tires, skid steer tires and FWD tires treated with LiquiTube® have very few bead problems. When the bead is stressed, the sealant comes out rather than the air. Work can continue unrestrained by tire problems. LiquiTube® can repair a 5/8” puncture in a skid steer tire.
Truck tires can last up to 40% longer when treated with LiquiTube®, because it balances them, cools them in hot weather up to 35 degrees, and because it solves bead leak and pinhole problems. A truck line in Kansas with 1600 tractors and 3200 trailers has seen a 90% reduction in tire repair costs, and a 30+% reduction in over all tire costs. That means that a $500 tire gives them $650 worth of value. They have not reported what the reduced downtime has done to their bottom line.
Nuisance tires are small to medium sized tires on trailers, hand carts, power washers, and wheel barrow tires to name a few. On construction sites it would include lift and skid steer tires, while on farms it includes all of the above plus rake and baler tires, auger tires, spreader tires and more. You can purchase 2 buckets of LiquiTube® and treat all those tires and have about 2 days a year TO DO SOMETHING YOU LIKE TO DO.
Grain carts are the queen of slow leaks. One customer claims that before he treated his cart tires with LiquiTube®, he spent a day every time he took it out of storage just pumping up the tires. Now he spends an hour.
These tires are very thin and often have bead issues. LiquiTube® can handle up to a 3/8” hole in these tires. Be sure to look at both application charts for these units and choose the one best for you.
GMO plants on farms are a constant stress on tires. Alfalfa, corn and soy bean stem damage to tires amounts to millions of dollars annually nationwide. LiquiTube® solves the problem in many cases because the tires may have good tread but there are too many holes to patch. The conventional solution of patching takes time that is needed to get crops into the ground. Forget patching and plugs. Install LiquiTube® and it will fill and repair the tiny holes while the planter is in motion.
When you make your living tearing down structures and transporting debris, you need serious tire protection. LiquiTube® Premium can seal ½” holes in a semi tire on the fly and ¾” holes in heavy ply industrial tires. LiquiTube® Extreme can heal up to 1“ holes in mine truck and earth mover tires as well as larger loader tires.
It can repair nails and thorn damage all day, so to speak. One customer reports that he had weekly tire issues until he put LiquiTube® in the lawnmower tires for his wife last April. He claims he has not heard from her since...about the lawnmower, that is.
The classic tire problem on trailers is the back set of tires on a tandem set of axles. LiquiTube® will solve the problem 90% of the time, while it cools and balances them.