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How To Fix A Flat Tire On A Garden Cart in 2 Easy ways

by Jack Grover
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How To Fix A Flat Tire On A Garden Cart

The fun part of gardening can be no more fun if you have faulty tools. Like the flat tire of a garden cart. So, knowing how to fix a flat tire on a garden cart can save you a lot of trouble.

The tires of your garden cart have a tube inside, or they can be tubeless. For punctured tubes of the tire, you need to get the tube out first. If the tube is worn out or beyond gluing with stickers, you need to get a new tube. And when the tire is tubeless, filling the tire with the spray will get the tire ready to roll again.

Let’s get to know more about fixing the flat tire of your garden cart.

How To Fix A Flat Tire On A Garden Cart

First, let’s talk about fixing flat cart tires that have tubes.

Fixing A Flat Tire With Tubes

Nails, glasses, leak in the tire’s beads or faulty stem-valve can cause a flat tire. It would be wise to figure out the cause first. If a nail or screw is the culprit, they can remain stuck with the surface.

If you can’t find any such thing, then air is leaking through the stemvalve or the airway tube. Either you need to get a new tire or change the stem-valve of the old one before you start fixing the flat tire. 

To repair garden cart flat tire with tubes, you first need to get the tube out from the empty space between the rim of the tire and the rubber. It can be hard if you are doing it for the first time. If that’s the case for you, we would suggest removing the tire from the garden cart and then starting doing it.

  • Have the cart or the wheelbarrow upside down. Using a wrench, unscrew the nuts of the shaft that holds the tire. There should be two spacers on both sides of the tire with two tabs. The tabs are there to prevent the tire from moving freely and hold it rigidly.
  • It’s important to remember how the tabs and spacers are connected with the shaft. This will make screwing them back easier.
  • Get the tire over a worktop or a table – whichever you have. You need two rounded over screwdrivers to remove the tube.
  • Put some soap bubbles on the edge of the rim where the tire’s rubber is tucked inside. 
  • Put one screwdriver between the rubber and the metallic rim. Hold it there and put the second screwdriver a bit further apart in the same way.
  • Now, push the second screwdriver down towards the rim. This will pop a fraction of the rubber out of the rim.
  • This time keep the second one in the same place and take the first screwdriver out. Now insert it between the rim and the rubber in a similar fashion and press it down to the rim like the first time.
  • Keep doing it a few times until you get the whole rubber edge of one side of the tire out from the inner edge of the rim.
  • Please remember that it may not happen like we have mentioned. The screwdrivers may slip off, they may not want to go between, or rubbery parts may not want to come out. Just have at it, and eventually, you will get the rubbery edge out.
  • You should push the stem valve or innertube inside before starting to remove the tube from inside.
  • Holding the tire upright will make it easier for you to get the tube out. Put on gloves, get your fingers between the rim and the rubber, grab the tube and pull it out. You should be pushing the tire the other way with the other hand.  
  • First, a fraction of the tube will be out. So, you need to repeat the process a few times until you get the tube out completely.
  • If it’s a relatively new tube and this is the first time you are having a flat tire of the wheelbarrow, you should reuse it after repairing it. Find the whole of the crack, have a good rub of the sandpaper over the damaged spot, put some glues and then apply one puncture patch/sticking sticker over the spot. Let it dry and the tube is ready for reuse.
  • Or if the condition of the tube is bad, just throw it away and use a new flat tire.
  • You need to put it back inside, whichever the case for you – the repaired version or the new one.
  • After placing the tube in the space between, take the stem-valve out through the nozzle.

If you have an air compressor, fill the tube with approximately 15 pounds of air pressure.Screw the tabs and spacers with the shaft, and the flat tire of your garden cart is fixed now.

Fixing A Tubeless Flat Tire

Like we have mentioned before, check the reasons for this flat tire first. When you figure that out, then move on to the next phase.It is easy to fix a tubeless tire.  Like before, you need to remove the tire from the cart.

  • There are different types of spray for tubeless tires available in the market. Choose one and empty as much as per the recommendation written in the label.
  • There are two ways you can fill inside a tubeless tire, through the stem-valve or a makeshift hole made by a drill.
  • While you use the spray can, it is imperative that you put on goggles and gloves for safety.
  • When the filling is done, leave the tire for about 24 hours. You will see foam-like stuff in the punctured spots. Just throw them away and put the tire back with the garden cart.

A Helpful Tutorial You May Need!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you change the wheels on a utility cart?

To change the wheels of the utility cart, you need to remove the old ones first. A pin known as a cotter pin holds the wheel with the axle. If we remove the pin with the help of a plier, the wheel will come off. Then we can attach a new wheel through the cotter pin.

Do gorilla cart tires have tubes?

Yes, gorilla cart tires have tubes.

Final Words

Knowing how to fix a flat tire on a garden cart can be handy. The process may seem tiresome in the beginning. But you can complete them with ease if you do it a couple of times.

But it’s always a good idea to take regular care of the tires of your garden cart. Checking for leaks and air pressure after use can save you from wasting time.  Also, if you keep them clean and clear out the rusts of the rim, the tires will remain usable for a long time.

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