Has anyone ever seen any negative effects of using windshield washer fluid as tire ballast? Is it compatible with the tires and the rims? I'm making up a little transfer vessel out of an old 2 gallon air tank I've got kicking around.
I have never heard of any problems with WW fluid. Just make sure your rims are properly painted where the fluid comes in contact. Fill the tire to 80 percent and then inflate to 5 PSI minimum. Look at the sidewalls of the tires after you have all attachments including weights on the tractor. If they look too bulgy, then add enough air to straighten them out a bit more. You want some bulge , just not too much.
I've had WW fluid in mine since June or so. You don't need any kind of transfer tank or anything.
If you have an air compressor here is the method I used.
1. Remove the tires and wheels from the tractor and lay them on your garage floor.
2. Remove the valve stem core.
3. Take the cap off of one of the jugs of WW fluid and drill 2 1/2 inch holes in it.
4. Screw the top you drilled the 2 holes in back onto a full jug of WW fluid.
5.Run a piece of 1/2 inch or 3/8 vacuum/fuel line through one of the holes in the cap of WW fluid and stick the other end over the valve stem.
6. Pressurize the full jug of WW fluid using your air compressor into the 2nd hole in the cap. Don't overdue it or you'll be wearing a gallon of WW fluid.
7. When the jug is half empty release the pressure to let excess air out of the tire.
8 Rinse and repeat until tires are full.
FYI I have 11 gallons in each of my rear tires. WW fluid weighs around 9lbs a gallon giving me just about 100lbs of weight on each tire. Combined with a set of chains and wheel weights you'll have all the traction you need. :thumbsup:
OK! I got the pressure tank rigged up. I can move a gallon a minute. I was wondering how I was going to make the schrader valve hookup. Thanks for the tip on the gas line slid over it Snot. I'll load them tomorrow and give it a try.
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